Archive for May, 2011

A HINDU WHO WAS FORCED TO EMBRACE ISLAM

Once, there lived a very pious Hindu who
always worshiped the Divine Mother and chanted
Her name.
When the Mussalmans conquered the country, they
forced him to embrace Islam. They said to him:
“You are now a Mussalmans. Say ‘Allah’. From now
on you must repeat only the name of ‘Allah’.” With
great difficulty he repeated the word ‘Allah’, but
every now and then blurted out ‘Jagadamba’. At
that the Mussalmans were about to beat him.
Thereupon he said to them: ‘I beseech you! Please
do not kill me. I have been trying my utmost to
repeat the name of Allah, but our Jagadamba has
filled me up to the throat. She pushes out your
Allah”.
It is not an easy thing to destroy old tendencies.

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POWERFUL ARE THE INBORN TENDENCIES

Let me tell you how powerful inborn tendencies
are. A prince had, in a previous birth, been the son
of a washer-man. While playing with his chums in
his incarnation as the prince, he said to them:
“Stop those games, I shall show you a new one. I
shall lie on my belly, and you will beat the clothes
on my back as the washer-man does, making
swishing sound.”

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HOW VANITY TURNS A PERSON’S HEAD!

THOSE who have read a few books cannot get rid
of conceit. Once I had a talk with Kalikrishna
Tagore about God. At once he said, “I know all
about that.” I said to him: “Does a man who had
visited Delhi brag about that? Does a gentleman go
about telling everyone that he is a gentleman?”
Oh, how vanity turns a person’s head! There was a
scavenger woman in the temple garden at
Dakshineswar.
And her pride! And all for a few ornaments! One
day a few men were passing her on the path and
she shouted to them, “Hey! Get out of the way,
you people!” If a scavenger woman could talk that
way, what can one say about the vanity of others?

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