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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

4 Inspirational Short Stories to Read Before Bed

4 Inspirational Short Stories to Read Before Bed

Good Night Inspirational Short Stories 

Short Story 1: Will Power

Short Story Will Power

A devotee used to cross the river and go to a temple and return after offering fruits and flowers to the God’s idol. There was also a wicked person, who used to come after the devotee and profoundly abuse the God, standing before his idol. One day, it was raining heavily, and water of the river had risen to the dangerous level. The devotee could not cross the river due to heavy flow, and he returned to his home. But the wicked person went to the temple after crossing the flooded river and started abusing the God, standing before his idol.

Suddenly, God appeared and asked the wicked person for a wish. The perplexed devotee said, “O Lord! You should have given a boon to the Brahmin, who comes daily to the temple and offers fruits and flowers.” The God, thus spoke, “O Man! I am pleased with the person, who is fully devoted to his task and you have this virtue. 

Without being afraid of the flooding river, you came here to do your task. I, therefore, bless you with success in your life.” After saying this, God disappeared. It is true that those, who are devoted to their deeds with strong will power and true devotion, are successful in their lives. 

Short Story 2: Indication

Short Story Indication

When the man came into this world, his withdrawal was also decided on the same date by God with his agreement. He was pleased to know about going into a new body after relinquishing the old one. But, God knew that he would be possessed by the wish to remain as it is. Therefore, he said to him, “When your days in the world would be coming to an end. I’ll give indications to you so that you could be ready for the inevitable. 

The man lived in the world enduring pleasures and pains. He wanted to forget about his withdrawal from this world. But the pre-destined happened and he had to make his exit from this world. Irritatingly, he asked God, “You had promised me to give indications, but you took me out all of a sudden. 

“But I had given you indications.”

“when?”

“many times, your eyesight became poor, your teeth started falling one by one, your hair grew grey, power to walk was taken away from your legs, apart from this what kind of indications did you expect from me?”

Short Story 3: Who is beautiful?

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The famous philosopher, Socrates was not good to look at. One day, he was looking at his face in a mirror, when one of his disciples came and stood behind him. When he saw Socrates looking at his own images in the mirror, he smiled. When Socrates saw his disciple, he could understand the meaning of his smile.

He said to his disciple, “Looking at the mirror, I have realized my ugliness. I saw this so that I should not be left behind in any work for the betterment of the society. This covers my ugliness.” On hearing this, the disciple felt embarrassed. With bent head, he asked forgiveness and then hesitatingly asked him, “It means that handsome or beautiful persons need not look into the mirror.” Smiling Socrates said, “No, it is not like that. They should also look into the mirror. They must be reminded that they have to perform good deeds by their beauty. If they too, do wrong deeds, then what purpose their beauty would be of? A person should beautify his thoughts, as they reflect on his outward appearance also.”

Short Story 4: Most Important Task

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Swami Vivekanand and his guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa were sitting together. Expressing his dear wish, Vivekananda said, “Guruji, I want to meditate and for that I would like to go to the caves of Himalayas and not to an ordinary place. In the seclusion of Himalaya, there will be no disturbance during the meditation and I will be able to concentrate on my meditation. Kindly advice me.”
Paramhansa smiled and said, “when you have already decided, then why are you asking for my advice?” 

Swami Vivekananda said, “Guruji, I am still at the threshold of my life. There is every likelihood of my taking a wrong decision. That is why I am seeking your guidance.” In reply, Paramhansa said, “If you so desire, then I must give you my advice. I would like to say that people of our area are suffering from starvation and various diseases. There is the darkness of illiteracy and ignorance all around. People, here are crying and you want to engross yourself in meditation and penance? Will your conscience accept it?” 

These words of Ramakrishna Paramhansa jolted the conscience of Swami Vivekananda. His vision transformed. Then and there, he took a vow to dedicate his life to the service of the poor and spread of education to dispel ignorance. He returned with the blessings of the Paramhansa and dedicated his whole life to the service of community. 


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