Volume 8 - Issue 08
AUGUST 2010
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DISCOURSE QUIZ ON

‘TALES TO TRANSFORM – DIRECT FROM THE DIVINE”

Part-1

 

Right answer on your 1st attempt
3 Points
Right answer on your 2nd attempt
2 Points
Right answer on your 3rd attempt
1 Point

 

 

For the past eight decades, the only mission Bhagavan Baba has been engaged in is to raise the level of awareness of man from the mundane to the divine. And He has done this through His own life as well as His Teachings. Every discourse of Baba is patent with powerful messages delivered in a manner that is simple and lucid, practical and penetrating. Almost on every such occasion, Bhagavan begins with a poem and ends with a bhajan which is sung en masse. And the main message is conveyed through the elucidation of deep insights ably supplemented and illustrated with interesting and inspiring anecdotes. Each of these tales is fascinating and worth ruminating over repeatedly.

It is for this reason that we have culled out 85 such stories from the huge treasure of His divine discourses to present them in the form of quizzes. The first part, which has 21 questions, is below. We hope this will serve you in revisiting His messages so that we can translate them into real virtues in our lives.

 

1. During a Divine Discourse delivered in 1999, Swami narrated a story of how any ungrateful man can stoop down to low levels: “Once, in a forest, a hunter, on being chased by a tiger, felt tired and climbed up a tree. On the top of this was sitting a bear. As the tiger could not climb, it waited under the tree but when it saw the hunter it wanted to gobble him up as it was very hungry. It asked the bear to push the man down, so that it could kill him and appease itself. The bear refused to do so, saying that the hunter was its guest and it was its moral duty to extend hospitality to him. The Tiger however continued to wait under the tree.

“After some time, the bear started to doze. Noticing this, the tiger addressed the hunter, ‘O man, I am very hungry. It does not matter whether I eat you or the bear. I will go back once my hunger is satiated. The bear is tired. So, push it down without delay. I will eat it and spare you.”

Concluding with the lesson that each one has to face the consequences of his own actions, Swami narrated that the ungrateful man pushed the bear down, but fortunately it saved itself! What did the bear say then?

“I will pray until the tiger finds some other prey!”
“As long as I am safe, I don’t care about the man!” and went back to sleep!
“As soon as the man dozes off, I too will push him down!”
“I will not harm him just because he tried to harm me.”


 

2. During a Divine Discourse given in 1994, Swami advised us: “The mind's speed is unparalleled. It is only because of lack of control of mind one gets into bad temper, which causes loss of discrimination and spells ultimate ruin. It is imperative that one should control oneself and avoid getting angry.

“Let me cite an incident from the life of Babu Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. Dr. Prasad had a very good servant by name Rathna who was exceptionally faithful and served him for a long time to the satisfaction of his master.

“One day he was asked to clean his room. Rajendra Prasad in one of his books had kept a pen given to him by Mahatma Gandhi. When the servant was cleaning the table the book fell down and the nib broke. He became nervous but told his master the truth begging his pardon for his mistake. On hearing this, Rajendra Prasad shouted at him in rage and asked him to get out and not to show his face again as the pen he had broken was a highly valuable gift from the Mahatma. Then the servant pleaded that he could not survive without him and sought his forgiveness. But Rajendra Prasad was in no mood to listen to him and went out bidding his servant to get out of his sight.”

Eventually, Rajendra Prasad’s asks his servant to serve him till the end of life! Why?

Rajendra’s wife pleaded him to change his mind
Rathna redeemed himself by choosing to work without pay
Rajendra tried ten different servants but didn’t get along with anyone
Rajendra reflected and felt sorry

 

3. During the 1973 Summer Showers discourses, Swami enlightened us with the knowledge of who is our true companion:

“Friendship, in these days, can be illustrated by a story. A person had three friends. He had taken to several bad ways and consequently had to face a court case. He went to one of them and sought his help. But his friend frankly told him that he would not like to associate himself with his crime and refused to give evidence to rescue him.

“The second friend, when approached, told him that he would only go up to the court but would not be a witness in a witness box.

“Thereafter, he approached the third friend for help. He immediately responded and said, ‘Yes, your troubles are mine and mine yours, and I shall help you in whatever manner you wish me to help.’

“It is quite clear that amongst these three, the third is the best kind of friend.”

According to Swami, who will be our best friend and accompany us in life, even after death?

No one!
Our good and bad acts
Our desires and wishes
Our fears and phobias


4. During the 1973 Summer Showers discourses, Swami narrates a story that reveals the true nature of Kama (desires):

“It is necessary for us to enquire into the source and nature of kama (desire). Till we can do so, we will not be able to distinguish between what is lasting and what is only temporary, what is right and what is wrong. Kama increases our attachments and thereby weakens our memory and intelligence. Once our intelligence becomes weak, we become inhuman. Thus, kama has the capacity to ruin our life.

“If we understand the nature of kama well, it will go away from us in one moment. If we give a high place to it without exercising due discretion, then that will get the upper hand and will begin to dance on our heads. There is a small story for this.

“In one village a marriage was about to take place. The party of the bridegroom came to the village and was staying in a home. The party of the bride was staying in another house. In between both these parties, there was one individual who was demanding all kinds of comforts from both the parties. This individual used to go to the bridegroom’s place and tell them that they were always coming late and causing lot of problems to the bride’s party. People belonging to the bridegroom’s party thought that he was a respected elder from the side of the bride. Similarly, he went to the bride’s house and told them that they were not respecting the bridegroom and members of his party well and that they need to do more to honour them.”

According to Swami, how can we cure ourselves of the disease of this ‘kama’, which poses as a ‘well-wisher’ just like the imposter at the wedding?

We must be strong and not relent to our desires
The best remedy is to suppress our desires!
The only way it can be cured is to earn God’s grace
There is no cure; everyone is a victim!


5. During a Divine Discourse given in 2004, Swami narrated a story with a profound lesson:

 

“Once, a businessman was traveling in a boat. There was no one else in the raft except himself and the boatman. Usually, people would like to engage themselves in conversation with somebody during travel in order to forget the tedium of the journey. Therefore, he started a dialogue with the boatman asking him, ‘Do you have a newspaper?’ The boatman replied, ‘Sir! I don’t have a newspaper. I cannot read and write.’ To this, the businessman commented, ‘Alas! If you cannot read and write, one quarter of your life is consigned to the waters of Ganga.’ The boatman felt sorry for his pitiable condition and kept quiet.

“After a few minutes, the businessman enquired again, ‘My dear! Do you know the present prices of gold and silver in the Bombay market?’ The boatman replied, ‘Sir! I do not have any experience in gold business; hence, I do not know the prices of these precious metals.’ Then the businessman commented, ‘If you do not know about gold business, half of your life is consigned to the waters of Ganga.’ The conversation continued. Observing the wristwatch worn by the boatman, the businessman again said, ‘My dear! What is the time now?’ Though the poor boatman had a watch on his wrist, he did not know how to read it. The merchant again asked, ‘Why then did you wear a wrist watch?’ The boatman replied, ‘Though one does not know how to read a watch, it is a fashion nowadays to wear this; that is why I have one.’

“Then, the businessman commented, ‘If you do not know even to tell the time from a wrist watch, then three-fourths of your life is consigned to the Ganga.’

“Meanwhile, a gale started with great force raising high waves in the river. The boat started tossing up and down and became unsteady. The boatman then asked the businessman, ‘Sir! By the way, do you know swimming?’ The businessman replied, ‘Alas! I do not know swimming.’ Now it was the turn of the boatman to comment, ‘Then, your entire life is about to be consigned to the waters of Ganga.’”

According to Swami, what should we be aware of, to avoid our entire life to be consigned to the Ganga too?

Make sure our actions are not filled with vain pride and ego
Make sure we don’t forget the purpose of our life
Make sure we are not too selfish
Make sure we are kind and compassionate

 

6. During a Divine Discourse given in 1990, Swami narrated a story to teach us how weakness of mind can cause problems to our ownselves:

 

“In a village there were two farmers, one the village headman, the big landlord of the village, and the other a small farmer. One day, the bulls of the two farmers were involved in a fight at the end of which the headman's bull died. The small farmer was deeply worried and was at a loss how to explain the matter to the village chief. In his nervousness and fear, while relating the incident to the big landlord, he stated by mistake that his bull had been killed by the headman's bull in a fight.

“Immediately the landlord started consoling him, saying, ‘Even intelligent human beings kill each other. When unintelligent animals do so, you should not make much about their conduct.’ Meanwhile the small farmer realized the mistake he had committed. He hastened to inform the big landlord that it was the latter's bull that had died in the encounter between the two animals. Immediately the landlord was enraged and asked: ‘What nonsense is this? It is a serious matter if your bull has killed my bull. You must be very arrogant indeed to let your bull commit such an outrage. You have to pay a penalty of Rs. 500.’

“The big landlord considered it a natural occurrence if his bull had killed another's bull. But it was a crime for another's bull to kill his animal.”

From this story, it is clearly evident that the landlord’s instant change of behaviour was due to the influence of his mind. Swami teaches us the lesson: “It is the association with the _______, which pollutes the mind.”

Senses
Conscience
Intellect
Body

 

7. During the 1974 Summer Showers Discourses, Swami taught us: “Intelligence is useful to you as seer only with regard to worldly matters, and it is indeed very superior to the sensory organs. There is a small story to illustrate this.

 

“In a village, a blind and a lame man became friends. The one with no eyes had legs and the one with no legs had eyes. So, the lame sat on the shoulders of the blind man and steered the way. In this manner, they moved as they went begging from one village to another.

“In the middle of their journey, the lame man saw a heap of large cucumbers. He said, ‘Dear brother, if we can stray a little and go to the left, there are many fruits there; we can collect some a few and then go our way.’ The blind man said that if there are so many cucumbers, it is not likely that they are unprotected. Just think a little before we go near the plant. The lame man then said that there does not appear to be any fence or protection. The blind man then suggested the possibility of a watchman around. The lame man then said that there was neither a fence nor a watchman. He wanted to go and eat the cucumbers. The blind man then said that if they were truly good cucumbers, would they be left in such large numbers in an unguarded manner? They are surely likely to be bitter unfit for eating.’

“Indeed here, the intelligence has worked and the sensory organs have not worked. When they tasted, they cucumbers were found to be indeed bitter. It is obvious from this story that intelligence is superior to sensory organs.”

To raise our level of consciousness even higher, Swami then said: “________is superior even to intelligence.” What is it?

Intuition based on our experiences in life
Transformation brought by reflection over our thoughts, words and deeds
Building power of concentration by doing meditation
Following the dictates of our Atma

8. During a Divine Discourse given in 2002, Swami narrated a story that teaches us how one can gain or lose respect by one’s own actions:

“Once, an Indian and a foreigner were traveling together in a railway compartment. The Indian was a chain-smoker. Not only that, he was puffing out on the face of the foreigner. The other person tolerated it for sometime and when he could not bear it anymore, he told the Indian, ‘My dear son! I am not feeling well. I cannot bear this. If you want to smoke, please go to the toilet.’ The Indian who was brought up with modern education replied, ‘If you cannot tolerate my smoking a cigarette, you may go to the toilet. I have bought this cigarette and am at liberty to smoke and puff as I please.’ Thus, he began quarrelling with the foreigner.

“The foreigner was helpless. After sometime, he went to the toilet and returned. In the meanwhile, the Indian student threw out the shoes of the foreigner from the compartment. The foreigner saw this but thought that it was not wise to argue with this arrogant boy. He, therefore, went up to the upper berth and stretched himself. Now the Indian boy went to the toilet. Before he returned, the foreigner threw away the coat of the Indian boy, to teach him a lesson.”

What is the lesson that Swami teaches us here from this story?

When provoked, even the good can turn bad!
Arrogance is a very demeaning act!
For every thing, there is a reaction, resound and reflection
To gain respect, we must always stand up for ourselves!

 

9. During the 1973 Summer Showers Discourses, Swami explained:

 

“There is a small story in our Upanishads which tells us how the possession of wealth changes the qualities of some people.

“A mother, who had a lot of money, had only one son. The boy had lost his father early in life. As he grew older, he developed bad habits because of his wealth. Getting into bad company he did things which were wrong. In fact, he looked like a mad person who was wasting his life. The world is such that if there enough water in a tank, many frogs come and gather there. But once the tank is dried up, all the frogs disappear. In the same manner, many friends gather round you as long as you have wealth; and the moment this disappears, friends too vanish without telling you.

“In this manner, the son of that wealthy person gathered a large number of bad friends and in course of time crossed all acceptable limits of bad behaviour. As he demanded money every other day, the mother too developed a positive hatred towards the boy even as the boy lost all attachment towards his mother. ‘It is much better that such a son who brings down the honour and reputation of the parents dies rather than lives,’ the mother thought and therefore one day worked out a plan. At the same time, the son had his own gameplan as he thought the mother was coming in the way of fulfilling his desires, and so wanted to get rid of her.”

According to Swami, “We should never regard wealth as the most important thing in our life. We should consider _______ as the most significant thing in our life.”

Health
Karma
Dharma
Parents


10. During a Divine Discourse given in 1965, Swami cautioned us about how the passion of greed can lead to destruction:

 



“A street-hawker had on his head a basket full of empty bottles, as he walked along to the bazaar.

“He hoped to sell the lot at a profit of ten rupees and, in ten days, he calculated his earnings could accumulate to a hundred rupees. With that as capital, he planned to switch on to more profitable deals and imagined to make a pile of a lakh of rupees in a few months and then build a bungalow with a lovely garden tended by a regiment of servants, beaming all round the house. There, he saw himself on a sofa in the greenery playing with his grandchildren.

"As he was engrossed in that charming scene, suddenly he saw among his grandchildren, the children of one of the servants; he got angry at this unwanted intrusion. Believing his fantasy to be a reality, he suddenly grabbed the child and gave it a swift hefty push, only to find that the basket of bottles had fallen on the road and all hopes of even the ten rupees lost!”

After proving how the fantasy of greed can destruct a man, Swami teaches us the lesson that: “Contentment, _________, detachment - these keep you on the path of Truth.”

Prudence
Discretion
Moderation
Humility

 

11. During a Divine Discourse delivered in 1986, Swami narrates a story on how to gain self-confidence:

“A fruit vendor put up a board over his stall to the effect: ‘Fruits are sold here.’ A passerby told the shopkeeper the word ‘here’ in the signboard was superfluous. The vendor arranged to get the word erased. Another man came along to say that there was no need to announce that fruits were being ‘sold’ as that was obvious to anyone. And so, the word ‘sold was erased.”

As Swami continued with the narration, what lesson did he impart?

One must only do what one pleases!
One must only rely on one’s own judgment
One learns only by failing
One man’s loss is another man’s gain

12. During a Divine Discourse given in 1971, Swami narrated a story to make us ponder on the reality of worldly relationships:

“There is the story of a rich man, who was being led away on death to the world beyond. He pleaded with his angelic escort that he may be allowed to halt a while, and turn back once. He was permitted to do so, therefore he turned, had a good look, and then said, ‘Well, now I am ready; lead me on!’

“The messengers were surprised at his strange willingness to accompany them; they asked him what had happened to make him so resigned and determined.

“He said, ‘I amassed vast wealth through sin and crime; I fed and fostered a large brood of friends and kinsmen. I looked back to see whether at least one among them is now following me, eager to help in my sorrowful plight! Not a single one is worried about me. I shall now walk forward to wherever you take me.’”

Using this example, Swami then advised us: “Truth is the father; Love is the mother. Knowledge is the son; Peace is the daughter. ___________ are brothers…Cultivate this type of family; you can be happy in their midst.”

Cousins
Well-wishers
Devotees
Priests


13. During a Divine Discourse given in 1981, Swami reminded us:

“Anger is another enemy of health. It injects poison into the blood stream and brings about profound transformation, which damages it.

" Two women, who were neighbours turned into bitter enemies on account of a dispute over a very trivial incident. The cow belonging to one woman while going on the road dropped its dung in front of the other lady’s house. The owner of the cow ran to collect the dung, while the other woman claimed that it belonged to her since it lay on her doorstep.

“From words they very nearly came to blows. Just then the other woman's little baby wailed from the cradle. She rushed in to feed the baby and while the child was drawing in its food, she shouted most ferociously at her neighbour. Her anger poisoned her blood so much that the child died while drinking her milk!”

According to Swami, what’s the best way to stay away from negative emotions thereby preserving one’s health?

By staying focused on our allotted tasks
By maintaining a healthy diet
By good thoughts and good deeds
By living in the present!


14. During a Divine Discourse given in 1964, Swami narrated a story to drive home a profound lesson:

“A villager came to Chennai recently and his educated son-in-law went to the railway station to pick him up and take him home. While they were proceeding homewards in a taxi, the father-in-law asked the son-in-law a rather strange question: ‘How much do the barbers here charge per shave?’

“The son-in-law was amazed at his curiosity; he asked why he was so eager to know this particular fact, more than anything else. The villager replied, ‘I saw a few barbers going along the road now; they are all wearing rich clothes, and they are carrying their equipment not in tin boxes as our village barbers do, but, in fine shiny leather boxes.’ The old man had actually seen people carrying transistor radios.”

As we all know, most people run away from silence! According to Swami, what can man gain at those precious moments when there is silence around us?

Live longer by not exerting too much energy
Have more intellectual powers
Discover one’s own truth
Gain more respect from others by talking less


15. During a Divine Discourse given in1975, Swami implored to parents:

 

“I must give the elders, the parents who are here in large numbers some advice. Do not set bad examples for children. If you are truthful, just be calm under provocation and full of love in all your dealings with others, the children too will grow up in sathya (truth), dharma (righteousness), shanthi (peace) and prema (love). When you are at home and someone calls on the telephone if you tell your son to reply that father is not at home, you are sowing a poisonous seed, which will become a huge tree. Let me tell you a story to illustrate the danger of such small beginnings.

“A mother carried her son on her shoulder, when she went to the market. As another woman with a basket of fruits passed by her, the child lifted a banana from that basket and started eating. The mother noticed it, and when she was told that he had cleverly lifted it from the basket of a passing fruit seller, she complimented the son on his smartness. This made the child indulge in petty thieving and picking pockets and as it grew into a boy into actual house breaking and stealing. Once during one such misadventure, he even committed a murder, and when he was caught and jailed, he expressed a wish to see his mother before being hanged.”

Through this narration, what lesson does Swami teach to the youth of today?

Even your parents cannot save you if you commit a crime!
Purify yourselves and purify the world
Children can teach parents good values too!
You can learn to be good only from a Guru!

 

 

16. During a Divine Discourse given during 1979 Summer Showers, Swami narrated a story which highlighted the pitfalls of greed and miserliness. He said:

“There were two brothers by names Miser and Greater Miser. True to their names, they were so niggardly that they did not even feed themselves properly. On occasions, when they prayed to God to further their worldly interests, they would not even proffer naivedya (sacred offering to God). They would merely let Him have a cursory glance at it and eat it up themselves within moments. The reason for this great hurry, in not allowing the offering to remain at the altar for more than a few seconds was the fear that if the sugar candy offered as naivedya was kept any longer, some ants might partake of it in small quantities and thereby deprive them of valuable granules of precious sugar!”

According to Swami, besides not letting others be happy, what self-destruction does miserliness bring on oneself?

Misers always wallow in self-pity
Misers encourage others to be misers too!
Misers thereby diminish their devotion and wisdom and taint their actions
To avoid feeling guilty, misers seek company of other miserly people


17. During a Divine Discourse given during the 1977 Summer Showers, Swami said: “It is not as if there is no reason for our inability to recognize the form and nature of Atma. There is a small story to illustrate this.

“Ten friends came together and they wanted to cross a flowing stream. As the river was flowing fast, they were somewhat confused. However, by some effort they reached the other bank of the river, and developed a doubt whether they had all been able to cross the stream. The moment this doubt entered their mind, there was also a desire to check whether all the ten people had indeed come through. One of them began counting one, two, three… until nine and then he imagined that the tenth person was not present…Not only was he under the impression that the tenth person was not present, but he also began to feel that one member of the group may have been washed away in the river, and they were all in a state of mourning.

“At that moment another person, not belonging to the group, was moving in that direction and asked them what the cause of their suffering was.  When this person was told the reason for their sorrow, he saw that there were in fact ten people and so he asked them to count again in his presence. In the recounting, it was once again one to nine and the person who was counting did not count himself, the tenth one. He was feeling very disturbed that the tenth one was not present.”

According to Swami, what reason did the new person find that was the cause of the group’s sorrow?

Sheer Ignorance
Too much Attachment
Pure Innocence
Dull thinking


18. During a Divine Discourse given in 1987, Swami narrates a story that offers a solution to the ailment of grief due to bondage:

“There is the story of a man who was bathing in River Godavari when it was in spate. As he was so engaged, he saw a stick with a golden handle floating towards him. He caught hold of it and left it on the bank to complete his bath. Meanwhile, the bank caved in and the stick was carried away by the river. After his bath, the man found the stick missing and wailed over his loss.

“There was no reason for his elation in getting the stick or his grief over its loss. It did not belong to him. It was a chance acquisition and it left him in the manner it had come. The river brought it and the waters carried it away. Why claim any right to it? The temporary attachment to the stick was a bondage, which subsequently caused grief. If there had been no attachment there would have been no sorrow.”

“People are always seeking for more wealth, position or power instead of Divinity.”

According to Swami, “One who wishes to realize the Divine should cultivate ______”

Desire for company of good people
Contentment
Fortitude to play the game of life
A disciplined lifestyle


19. During a Divine Discourse given in 2005, Swami narrates a story that teaches us the importance of unity:

“The Vedas says Sahasra Seersha Purushah… which means, ‘All heads, all eyes, all feet are His’. Once you understand the principle of oneness that is present in all, you can live in tune with the true spirit of brotherhood.

“Our hand has five fingers and each of them has a specific duty assigned to it. All the fingers work in unison and harmony while performing a task. Once an argument ensued among the five as to which finger among them was great. The thumb claimed, ‘It is not possible to undertake any work without me. Hence, I am the great.’ Then the index finger smiled and said, ‘Look here, Oh thumb! How can you perform any task without my support? Moreover, I am used as pointer to identify individuals. Hence, I am greater than you.’ The middle finger intervened and said, ‘There is no point in what you say. I am the tallest among all. Two of you on one side and two on the other are serving me as aide de camps. Hence, I am the greatest.’ Then the ring finger said, ‘I feel like laughing at your ignorance. Don’t you know that people adorn me with gold rings studded with precious stones like diamond, emerald, topaz, etc.? Hence, I am your king.’ In the end, the little finger said, ‘I always lead from the front when it comes to teaching a lesson to someone and punishing the guilty. Hence, I am your leader and you have to follow me.’”

The lesson Swami teaches us here is: “Be friendly with all and face the challenges of life with unity and _________.”

Harmony
Discrimination
Selflessness
Love

 

20. During a Divine Discourse given in 2000 Swami addressed the women at large and urged them to foster good thoughts so that they beget noble children. He explained this with a story:

“After the war for the liberation of Rangoon (Myanmar), a mother and her son somehow managed to reach Chennai, having lost their near and dear ones. They had no shelter over their head nor any food to eat. The mother would go begging for alms from one house to another, give most of it to her son and partake of whatever little was left. When she would not get enough, she would give the entire food to her son and would herself go without food. She was put to many difficulties, but she bore everything for the sake of the well being of her son. Consequently, she became weak as days passed by.

“One day, the son, unable to see her suffering, told her, ‘Mother, it is not proper on your part to feed me and starve yourself. From today, you take rest and I will fetch food for both of us.’ But the mother said she could not bear the sight of her son begging. However, on a certain day, the mother was too weak even to walk. So, the son went to beg food.”

According to Swami, what is one of the main reasons behind not being able to find such noble sons in this day and age?

Modern Education System
Lack of self-confidence
Wrong Friendships
Lack of interest in spirituality


21. During a Divine Discourse given in 1967, Swami narrated a story on how humans and Gods perspectives differ on the same matter:

 

“Four friends once started dealing in cotton. They had a godown for the storage of the bales; finding that the cottonseeds attracted rats into the store, a cat was introduced by them to scare the rodent throng. They tied jingles to her feet and since they loved it much, the jingles were of gold!

“Once, when the cat jumped from the top of the pile of bales, it started limping on one foot. So they applied some balm and tied a long strip of bandage round the injured foot. This bandage got loose and the cat unaware of the long narrow cloth she was trailing behind her, sat near the fireplace. When the cloth began to burn, she ran helter-skelter and fled into the godown itself, where the entire stock of cotton was reduced to ashes in a trice. The four friends had assigned to themselves each one of the feet of the joint cat and the injured foot belonged to one of them; so the other three charged him with the damages, which they claimed from him.

“The matter went to court and after hearing arguments on both sides, the judge said, ‘The injured leg has no responsibility, for it was taken into the godown with the trail of fire by the three healthy feet. So, damages have to be paid by the owners of the healthy feet to the possessor of the limping foot.’”

What lesson does Swami teach us here?

Greediness can weaken man’s intellect
Selfishness can break friendships
What may appear correct at first sight, might prove wrong later
Only a court can resolve difference of opinions!

illustrations: Mrs.Vidya, Kuwait and Mrs. Varshini Sriram


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