• The Cycle of Fear – Indian Folklore

    The Cycle Of Fear A mouse was extremely worried that a cat would catch and kill her. Her fear was so great that she never ventured out at all. “How I wish I were a cat. I would then have nothing to fear,” she thought. A genie who was nearby heard her and pronto, through Continue reading »

  • Bondage of Control – Sufi Tale

    Bondage of Control One day, Sheikh Fareed, the Sufi saint, was sitting with his followers when a man passed by dragging a reluctant cow behind him. Fareed asked his followers, “Who do you think is tied to whom?” His followers answered that the cow was tied to the man. Fareed continued, “Who is whose master?” Continue reading »

  • The Monk and the Lady

    The Monk and the Lady Two monks were returning to their abode through a forest, discussing all that they had learned in the monastery. The older monk listened sagely while the younger one seemed all charged about following each principle and never steeping into the material realm of existence. As they walked along, they came Continue reading »

  • Filling a Cup that is Full – Zen Fable

    Filling a Cup that is Full There was once an American professor who had made a lifetime’s study of the Japanese tea ceremony. He was now known as the western expert on the tea ceremony. When he heard there was an old man living in Japan who was considered the ultimate master of the tea Continue reading »

  • Pulling out the Roots

    Envisage the scene: everyone’s personal ‘package’ of vices is being played out against each other’s on this world drama stage. One person’s anger striking another’s, one person’s lust playing off another’s. Attachment interwoven into complicated webs of relationships. Greed and competition escalating on all sides. It is no wonder we have lost our peace of mind!

  • The Bricklayers – Medieval Folklore

    The Bricklayers Once upon a time, in the middle of a large city, there were many workers working round the clock constructing a gigantic building. A master came along and spotted three bricklayers, pausing to have a sip of tea in the middle of their work. “What are you doing?” The master asked each of Continue reading »

  • The Long Ladle – Indian Folklore

    The Long Ladle   In ancient times, a disciple once asked his guru, “Guruji, I would like to know what heaven and hell are like.” The guru, through his mystical powers, immediately brought in front of him a scene of a house with two doors. He opened one of the doors and the disciple looked Continue reading »

  • The Boulder – Source: India

    The Boulder   In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads Continue reading »

  • The Good and the Bad – Source: Mahabharata

      The Good and the Bad Back in the Copper Age, India was ruled by the kings of the Bharat dynasty. Duryodhan, the firstborn of the hundred Kaurava brothers, was the prince of Hastinapur. Yudhistir, the eldest of the five Pandava princes, was the king of Indraprastha. Lord Krishna, King of Dwaraka, was the spiritual Continue reading »

  • The Quest For Happiness – Indian Fable

    The Quest For Happiness There was a rich man who had lost all interest in worldly life, and went searching for peace and tranquillity. He had everything that money could buy, but still proved meaningless to him. So, he decided to take the guidance of a spiritual master. Before leaving his house the man thought, Continue reading »