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Old Story, Golden Moral By Sirshree

Once upon a time in a village, there was a man who used to break stones for a living. He used to go to the hills at the outskirts of the village for chipping away at stones. Once, while at work, a thought occurred to him – ‘I work hard all day to break these stones and people use them to build their mansions. How I wish that I had a mansion too!’ Immediately there was a prophecy from the skies. ‘All your wishes will be fulfilled.’ Indeed the man was graced with a beautiful mansion. He spent a few days in joy.

One day, a King’s convoy was passing by his mansion. Seeing the King seated in lavish comfort on an elephant, he thought ‘Wow! It must be so wonderful to be a King and go around in such luxury. I wish I were a King…’ This wish was immediately granted too.

Having become a King, he began roaming around in his cavalcade. After spending a few days enjoying this luxury, he began to feel hot inside his carriage. It was summer and he was perspiring in the severe heat. A thought struck him ‘The Sun seems to be stronger than the King. If only, I could be the Sun…!’

He did become the sun, but his happiness lasted only till the end of summer. With the onset of the rainy season, the sky was overcast. The clouds veiled the sun. He felt, ‘The clouds seem to be more powerful than the sun; I wish I were a cloud.’ Presto! He became a cloud. He was thrilled to wander as a cloud in the sky. As you might expect, strong winds began to shove the clouds from one end to the other. While being jostled thus, he thought ‘The wind is stronger than the clouds. I would love to be the wind…’ No sooner did this thought arise, that he became the wind.

Delighted to be the wind, he was blowing all over. He uprooted many trees in glee. But he realized that he could not budge the hill. The hill blocked his movement. This meant that the hill prevailed over the wind. He thought, ‘It would be better to be a hill….’


However, having been through the entire journey with awareness, Stonebreaker now remained always happy. (image curtsy : Wikipedia)

With this thought, he became a hill. After a few days, there came a man who started striking the hill for stones. ‘The person striking the stone appears to be dominant over the hill. I wish I could be that person’. And lo and behold, he became a stone breaker again.

Thus, this man went through the whole journey from being a stone breaker till he returned to the life of a stonebreaker with awareness. Having been through all these experiences, he no longer desired to change his job or situation. He continued stone breaking for the rest of his life. However, having been through the entire journey with awareness, he now remained always happy.

  1. Sanjay.Bharmani
    May 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Lovely Shifting… Thank you Sirshree!

  2. Sanjay.Bharmani
    May 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Great Shifting … Thank you Sirshree

  3. chaitanya hajare
    August 16, 2012 at 12:43 am

    excellent story….as always—>

  4. May 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful story with a great teaching.

  5. Jagadish Patil
    May 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Excellent moral. Sirshree Dhanyavaad

  6. Nilesh
    May 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    sirshree you are great. Dhanywad !

  7. surendra boganatham
    May 17, 2013 at 12:15 am

    The moral seems to be KG spiritual one to me. Did the stone breaker was happy with realisation that he is the most powerful as stone breaker itself after the whole understanding or next scene would appear where he lives beyond vyakti (moksha) as his mind is wandering behind mirage of power?

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