The Worm

The Worm Author: Unknown There is a wonderful little story about two monks who lived together in a monastery for many years; they were great friends. Then they died within a few months of one another. One of them got reborn in the heaven realms, the other monk got reborn as a worm in a…

Crossing the Water

Crossing the Water Author: Sri Ramakrishna A farmer’s daughter duty was to carry fresh milk to customers in various villages had, one of whom was a priest. To reach his house, the milkmaid had to cross a good-sized stream. People crossed it by a sort of ferry raft, for a small fee. One day the priest,…

Footsteps

Footsteps Author: Unknown Deep in his slumber, one night a man had a very real, yet surreal dream. He dreamt that he was walking along the beach with God. As he looked up at the sky, he saw all the scenes of his life flash by along with two sets of footprints: one set for…

Life As A Jewel

Life As A Jewel Author: Unknown One afternoon Guru Nanak and his company were resting on the banks of the Ganges at Patna. Mardana was idly inspecting a stone he had picked up along the road, thinking of the vast throngs who had come to hear the Guru. “Master,” said Mardana, “you teach a way…

A Powerful 5-Minute Meditation to Open Your Heart

A Powerful 5-Minute Meditation to Open Your Heart Author: Louise Hay Have you thought about starting a meditation practice? I began meditating many years ago using a mantra. This can be an Indian Sanskrit word like om or hu, or a soothing word such as love or peace. You may use a phrase such as I Am Love or All Is Well. Or it can be as…

The Tale Of The Topknot Monk

The Tale Of The Topknot Monk Author: Unknown A long time ago in a previous incarnation the Buddha was a monk with very, very long hair that he tied into a large knot on the top of his head, so he was known as the “Topknot Guru.” As a wandering monk he would stay in…

Too Stressed to Sleep? Here’s How to Relax

Too Stressed to Sleep? Here’s How to Relax By: Sarah Johnson This fast-paced modern world often keeps the mind whirling long after it should be asleep. Finding a balance between work, family, and other obligations bring stress that can keep you awake late into the night. But, there are yoga and meditation techniques you can…

Be A Lion, Not A Dog

Be A Lion, Not A Dog Author: Unknown Dada Vaswani when he was a small boy saw a monk sitting near and asked him to give him some wisdom. The monk advised “My child, Be a Lion, not a dog.” “What does that mean? would you please explain?” inquired Dada. “When you throw a ball…

The Parrot Who Extinguished A Forest Fire

The Parrot Who Extinguished A Forest Fire The Buddha was teaching in a village and told the following story. Once a bamboo forest was on fire, and it spread quickly due to the strong and dry wind. The flames swallowed up everywhere in the mountain jungle, and was about to swipe away all lives there….

The Turtle And The Hungry Fox

The Turtle And The Hungry Fox Author: Unknown Long ago, when the Buddha was still present in this world, there was a monk who lived far away from the clamour of the towns and cities. One day, he came down to the riverside by the secluded forest in which he lived and sat down alone…