Deep Roots in a Shallow Culture

In two independent houses,separated by a compound two people were living, in one a retired person and in the other a techie.
They had planted identical saplings on either sides of the compound.

The techie used to give lot of water and manure to the plants.The retired,just small quantity of water and little manure.
The techies plant grew into lush green,leafy robust plant.

The retired person’s plant was a near normal but much luxuriant than his neighbor’s.

One night there was a heavy rain with gusty wind.

Next morning both came out to see the fate of the plants.

To techie’s surprise his plant had got uprooted where as his neighbor’s was unharmed.
Techie asks the retired as why his plant was uprooted despite such a good care where as the neighbor had hardly cared.

The retired person’s answer should be a lesson for all of us.
Look young man, you had supplied every thing a plant would need,in abundance and the plant did not have to go in search of it.Your roots did not have go down. I was supplying just enough to keep it alive. For the rest roots had to go down into the ground to fulfil it’s needs. Since your roots were superficial the rain and wind could easily fell it.
Since my roots were pretty deeply grounded they could withstand the onslaught of the nature.
The same applies to your children too.

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Parents

One who loves till you close your eyes, is a Mother.
One who loves without an expression in the eyes, is a Father.
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Mother – Introduces you to the world.
Father – Introduces the world to you.
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Mother : Gives you life
Father : Gives you living
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Mother : Makes sure you are not starving.
Father : Makes sure you know the value of starving
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Mother : Personifies Care
Father: Personifies Responsibility
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Mother : Protects you from a fall
Father : Teaches you to get up from a fall.
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Mother : Teaches you walking.
Father : Teaches you walk of life
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Mother : Teaches from her own experiences.
Father : Teaches you to learn from your own experiences.
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Mother : Reflects Ideology
Father : Reflects Reality
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Mother’s love is known to you since birth.
Father’s love is known when you become a Father.
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Enjoy what your father says.
Keep loving your mother

Aru Padai Veedu

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The Six Aru Padai Veedu temples and 11 other temples of Murugan together form a beautiful shape of Tamil Om in the map! What a miracle!

These temples are:
1 Thiruparankundram
2 Tiruchendur
3 Palani
4 Swamimalai
5 Tiruttani
6 Pazhamudhirsholai
7 Marudamalai
8 Kukke Subramanya
9 Chennai (Vadapalani & Mylapore)
10 Vaitheeswarankoil Muthukumaraswamy
11 Sikkal
12 Ghati Subramanya
13 Vayalur
14 Chennimalai
15 Pachaimalai
16 Vennaimalai
17 Haripad, Kerala

Vetrivel Muruganukku Arohara!!!

The 99 Club

Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was not happy at all.

One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; Why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy?

The King asked the servant, ‘Why are you so happy?’

The man replied, ‘Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don’t need too much – just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.’

The king sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the story, the advisor said, ‘Your Majesty, the servant has not yet joined “The 99 Club”.’

‘The 99 Club? And what is that?’ the King inquired.

The advisor replied, ‘To truly know what The 99 Club is, just place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep.’

When the servant saw the bag, he let out a great shout of joy… so many gold coins. He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were only 99 coins.

He wondered, ‘What could’ve happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!’

He looked everywhere, but that final coin was elusive. Finally he decided that he was going to work harder than ever to earn that 100th gold coin.

From that day, the servant was a changed man. He was overworked, grumpy, and blamed his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin.

And he had stopped singing while he worked.

Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. The advisor said, ‘Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.’

He continued, ‘The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never content, because they’re always wanting that extra 1, saying to themselves: “Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.”

We can be happy with very little in our lives, but the minute we’re given something bigger and better, we want more …and even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, as the price for our growing needs and desires.

That’s “The 99 Club”…
Zero Membership fee to enter, but you pay for it with your entire life !!!

Change your Perception on Perception

A teacher teaching mathematics to a six-year-old asked him, “If I give you one apple and one apple & one apple, how many apples will you have?

With a few seconds the boy replied confidently, “Four!

The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three).

She was disappointed. “May be the child did not listen properly,” she thought.

 

She repeated, “Pls listen carefully.

It is very simple. You will be able to do it right if you listen carefully.

If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?

 

The boy had seen the disappointment on his teacher’s face.

He calculated again on his fingers.

But within him he was also searching for the answer that will make his teacher happy.

This time hesitatingly he replied, “Four…

 

The disappointment stayed on teacher’s face.

 

She remembered that the boy loves strawberries.

 

She thought maybe he doesn’t like apples and the understand him lose focus.

This time with exaggerated excitement & twinkling eyes she asked …

If I give you one strawberry & one strawberry & one strawberry, then how many will you have?

Seeing the teacher happy, the young boy calculated on his fingers again.

There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher.

She wanted her new approach to succeed.

With a hesitating smile, the young boy replied, “Three?

 

The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded.

She wanted to congratulate herself.

But one last thing remained.

Once again she asked him, “Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more apple how many will you have?

 

Promptly the answer was “Four!

The teacher was aghast.

How…. tell me, How?” she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.

In a voice that was low and hesitating young boy replied, “Because I already have one apple in my bag.

 

Lessons to Learn: When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you are expecting, it is not necessarily they are wrong.

There may be an angle that we may not have understood at all.

We need to learn to appreciate and understand different perspectives.

Quite often, we try and impose our perspectives on others and then wonder what went wrong.

The next time someone gives you a different perspective than yours, sit down and gently ask: “Can you please help me understand?“……

Minimum 35 Ways to Respect your Parents

Minimum 35 Ways to Respect your Parents.
1. Put away your phone in their presence.
2. Pay attention to what they are saying.
3. Accept their opinions.
4. Engage in their conversations.
5. Look at them with respect.
6. Always praise them.
7. Share good news with them.
8. Avoid sharing bad news with them.
9. Speak well of their friends and loved ones to them.
10. Keep in remembrance the good things they did.
11. If they repeat a story, listen like it’s the first time they tell it.
12. Don’t bring up painful memories from the past.
13. Avoid side conversations in their presence.
14. Sit respectfully around them.
15. Don’t belittle/criticize their opinions and thoughts.
16. Avoid cutting them off when they speak.
17. Respect their age.
18. Avoid hitting/disciplining their grandchildren around them.
19. Accept their advice and direction.
20. Give them the power of leadership when they are present.
21. Avoid raising your voice at them.
22. Avoid walking in front or ahead of them.
23. Avoid eating before them.
24. Avoid glaring at them.
25. Fill them with ur appreciation even when they don’t think they deserve it.
26. Avoid putting your feet up in front of them or sitting with your back to them.
27. Don’t speak ill of them to the point where others speak ill of them too.
28. Keep them in your prayers always possible.
29. Avoid seeming bored or tired of them in their presence.
30. Avoid laughing at their faults/mistakes.
31. Do a task before they ask you to.
32. Continuously visit them.
33. Choose your words carefully when speaking with them.
34. Call them by names they like.
35. Make them your priority above anything.

Parents are treasure on this land and sooner than you think, that treasure will be buried.
Appreciate your parents while you still can.
Today lets make lots of prayers for our beloved parents.