Showing posts with label Motivational Stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motivational Stories. Show all posts

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.”


“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?


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


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. 

How do you find these inspirational short stories. Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A short thoughtful story on finding self confidence

self confidence

Self Confidence 

Samatpur was attacked by a king of another state. On seeing the huge army of enemy, the commander or Samatpur became dispirited. He told the king, “O Lord! The army of the enemy is very large and is well equipped with arms and ammunition. It would be better to have a treaty with him.”

When the Rajguru came to know about this, he said to the king, “Immediately remove the commander from his post. I myself shall lead the Army in his place." The king agreed to Rajguru’s advice. The enemy was camping a little far off. Seeing a temple on way, the Rajguru said, “First, we should seek the guidance of God as to who will win his war.” Then he tossed a coin in the air and said, “If this sign comes up, we shall win the war.” Fortunately, the coin showed the same side on falling on the ground. Considering it as Goddess’ blessing, the army of Samatpur fought valiantly and confidently won the war.

Everyone started saying that it was the blessings of the goddess that won the war. Om hearing this, the Rajguru smiled and then showed the coin to all. Its both sides were same. Then the Rajguru said, “It was not God’s grace, but the self-confidence that won the war.

Take away from this short thoughtful story 

Self confidence is energy that is already inside you. But sometimes it diminishes and lost completely when you do not believe in your own potentials. Believing in oneself is the key to stay motivated. If you say, yes I can do it or I can’t- you are right in both the cases. Having self confidence can boost your inner stamina, potential and risk taking capacity to accomplish any goal. In case whenever you feel like losing your confidence, quickly start believing in other force on which you can trust more than yourself. That strength is nothing but God. God is second name of self confidence. It is well said who help themselves, God helps them for sure. So to trust god is to trust self. Self confidence is nothing but doing your things with 100% dedication without worrying about result. Let the god worry about your result. If you already trust him there is no chance of failing. Because, god is almighty, god is confident.

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How do you keep yourself energetic and self-confident? Please share in comment box below. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thoughtful Story: Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness

"Pursuit of happiness varies from one person to another. You might believe attainment of worldly treasures as path of happiness but in reality a true happiness is different from what you believe. The following thoughtful story is just a small effort to bring you the truth." 


A huge crowd gathered before Lord Vishnu. Sitting on His throne, the Lord was distributing wealth of the three worlds. He had vowed not to return any person empty- handed. He was liberally giving wealth and riches, offspring, power and luxuries, name and fame to the people. Goddess Lakshmi was worried over the emptying treasure of Vaikuntha (Lord Vishnu’s heaven) and she immediately went to Lord Vishnu and clutching His hand, she said ,”O Lord! What are you doing? 

If you continue to give away the wealth so liberally, soon nothing will be left in the Vaikuntha. Thus, all our comfort will be lost.” With a slight smile Vishnu said,” There is no need to be worried about this. Our happiness will remain as ever, even if we give away all our wealth and riches.” Astonished Lakshmi asked,” How My Lord? You have given away everything.” 

Vishnu said,” Yes, even after giving all the things, we will be left with the most valuable treasure kinners, Vidyadharas (supernatural being attendant of Lord Shiva) and demons and it is safe with us. This is such a treasure, which creates wealth and riches on its own and if we lack this treasure, then there is no meaning to the wealth, riches, name and fame.” Lakshmi said,” Please Lord don’t talk in riddles. Tell me, what it is,” Vishnu said,” That treasure is contentment. Wealth, riches, power and luxuries have no meaning without contentment,” Lakshmi was satisfied with Vishnu’s advice and said, “Yes Lord you are right. Now I am care-free.”


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Opportunity: A Thoughtful Story


time waits for none

An exhibition was running in an art gallery. A number of paintings were the center of attraction for the viewers, but there was a painting which was attracting viewers in very large numbers. There was a figure in the painting, with the head fully covered with hair, but it was bald at the back of the head. It had wings to its feet.

Impressed with the painting, some viewers asked the painter standing nearby, “Who is the figure in the painting?” The painter replied, “This figure if opportunity.”

Viewers asked, “How do you know that opportunity looks like this?” The artist said, “Not only I, but many among you know this face of opportunity.” One of the viewers asked, “Why its face is covered?” The artist replied, “Most of us fail to recognize the opportunity present before them.” Then, another viewer said, “Why it has wings attached to its feet?” The artist explained, “The wings represent the mobility of the opportunity. Opportunity comes, but it vanishes within no time also. If you fail to grasp the opportunity at the right moment, then returns from your door itself.”

The third viewer eagerly spoke, “Then, why it is bald from the back of its head?” The artist smiled to hear the question and said, “Fleeting opportunity cannot be grabbed from behind. It has hair in front and you can take it with these hair and make use of it, but when opportunity is about to flee, you cannot grab it as it slips from your grip.” Viewers gathered there, were satisfied with the answers given by the artist. The artist had revealed the biggest truth of life through the painting. 

(Story taken from Evoking Awakening- collection of short motivational stories)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mother’s Love: A Thoughtful Story

Thoughtful Story

Mother's Love
A trader came to the place of the King with two cows. Both the cows were healthy, beautiful and almost identical in their looks. The trader said to the King, "O Lord, these are mother and daughter and I do not know, which of these is mother and which is daughter, because there is not much difference between these two. I asked several persons, but they were unable to identify mother from daughter. Later, someone, told me that you have a very wise minister who would be able to satisfy my query. Kindly help me."

All the courtiers looked towards the minister. The minister left his seat and came near to the cows. He closely inspected both the cows, but was unable to decide as which of them is mother and which one is daughter. He was perplexed. He asked the trader for one day’s time to solve this riddle. He came to his house, but he was very much perturbed. His wife could realize that her husband is besieged with some problem. She wanted to know the reason for his anxiety and the minister told her about the trader’s query. His wife smiled and said, “Oh, such a simple thing. I’ll solve this problem.”

Next day, the minister took his wife to the place where cows were kept. Minister’s wife placed good food before both the cows. Within a few moments she was able to distinguish the mother from her daughter. “First cow gulped its food hurriedly and then started eating from other cow’s food, which gave it up for the first cow. Only a mother can do this. The second one is mother.” Everyone present, praised minister’s wife.

(Story taken from Evoking Awakening- collection of short motivational stories)

Fakir’s Advice: Peace or Prosperity? A Thoughtful Story

Thoughtful Stories

Once, a King suddenly fell ill. Royal doctors treated him, but he could not be cured. Incidentally, a Fakir from a far flung area came to his kingdom during the period. He paid a visit to the King. He said to the King, “O King! You are suffering from mental illness not a physical one.” The King agreed with the Fakir and said, “I am worried, tensed, depressed and frustrated all the time. This is my illness. Can you relieve me of this illness?”

The Fakir said, “O King, if you desire to be cured, then ask all your soldiers, councilors and ministers to find a successful person, who is also calm and sufficiently prosperous and bring him here. If you are able to find such a person, his touch would cure you of your disease and make you healthy.”

All the soldiers, councilors and ministers of the King returned empty handed. In spite of their best efforts, they were unable to find a person who could claim to be mentally satisfied.
Then, the Fakir said, “O King! I knew that it would be difficult to find a person, who is calm and also successful and prosperous. You cannot find a single person with all these virtues. Only one of these virtues could be attained.

O king! Now you decide what you want in your life? You want peace or prosperity? The path of peace will lead to God, whereas, the path of prosperity will bring you worldly pleasure and licentiousness. If you want to follow the path to God, you will have to renounce your love for wealth. If you want to tread the prosperity path, you will have to give up peace. Both these things cannot stay together.” The King decided to renounce the desire for wealth.

(Story taken from Evoking Awakening- collection of short motivational stories)


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