Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, handsome, and extremely bright. A natural leader. The kind of person everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he was also self-centered and had a very bad temper.
One merchant who was very much afraid of death, worshiped the God of Death, Yama for many years and offered elaborate puja to Him. Yama was pleased at the special attention and adoration shown by him and promised that he will not pounce upon him all of a sudden, but will give him advance intimation, so that he could put his affairs in good trim before leaving the world.
Sankara knew the real meaning of the Vedic words "mathru devo bhava, pithru devo bhava - let the mother be your god, let the father be your god". Once when his father left the house, he told his son: "My dear son, I am daily worshipping God and distributing naiveidya [offering eatables to the deity or idol; prasâdam] to all the people.
God told a certain sannyâsî: "Do not worry, I am always behind you." One day, the sannyâsî wanted to test whether God spoke the truth. So, acting out of doubt, he quickly turned his head and naturally, did not see God.
You must be aware of the danger of a fall in time. Do not behave like the master of a house, who when his wife said: "I hear some noise, its perhaps a thief". The master of the house replied: "I know; do not interrupt my sleep".
A fakir went to Akbar and he was told that Akbar was at his prayers to God and so could not give audience for some time. He was asked to wait in the ante-room. But, he refused to wait, he said:"What can this beggar get from that beggar?"
Tess was a precocious eight year old when she heard her Mom and Dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he was very sick and they were completely out of money. They were moving to an apartment complex next month because Daddy didn’t have the money for the doctor bills and our house. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and it was looking like there was no-one to loan them the money. She heard Daddy say to her tearful Mother with whispered desperation, “Only a miracle can save him now.”
Once a guru sent a pupil for further guidance to a mendicant in a S'iva temple. When he reached the temple, he found a fellow reclining in the central shrine with both his legs resting on the sacred lingam. The pupil was naturally enraged at the man's insolence.
One day, two monks set out for a temple in a valley beyond the woods. While cutting a pathway through the woods, they came across a choppy stream they needed to cross. There, stood by the bank of the stream, was a beautiful young maiden dressed in silk. She was clearly at a loss as to how to cross without getting muddy and wet.