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Wisdom Pearls

Wisdom Pearls


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Published by: TB on Mar 19, 2009
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I will never forget what my old headmaster told taught me. Normally
when you are only 15 years of age you do not remember most of the
things that are preached by your teachers. But, this particular story is
one such lesson that I will never forget. Every time I drift off course, I
get reminded of this story.

It was a normal Monday morning at an assembly, and he was
addressing the students on important things in life and about
committing ourselves to what is important to us. This is how the story

An old man lived in a certain part of London, and he would wake up
every morning and go to the subway. He would get the train right to
Central London, and then sit at the street corner and beg. He would
do this every single day of his life. He sat at the same street corner
and begged for almost 20 years.

His house was filthy, and a stench came out of the house and it
smelled horribly. The neighbours could not stand the smell anymore,
so they summoned the police officers to clear the place. The officers
knocked down the door and cleaned the house. There were small
bags of money all over the house that he had collected over the

The police counted the money, and they soon realized that the old
man was a millionaire. They waited outside his house in anticipation
to share the good news with him. When he arrived home that
evening, he was met by one the officers who told him that there was
no need for him to beg any more as he was a rich man now, a

He said nothing at all; he went into his house and locked the door.
The next morning he woke up as usual, went to the subway, got into
the train, and sat at the street corner and continued to beg.

Obviously, this old man had no great plans, dreams or anything
significant for his life. We learn nothing from this story other
than staying focused on the things we enjoy doing, commitment.
We should remain true to our course; which may mean
committing yourselves to things that people around you would
normally disapprove. Let nothing distract us from being happy,
let nothing else determine our fate, but ourselves. What makes
us happy is what matters in the end, not what we acquire.

“Wisdom Pearls”


Four Words

A king called all of his wise men and counsellors together for a
meeting. He addressed them and said: "I want you to go and think,
read, and research. Consult the wisest and most learned men in the
land. Spare no expense. I want you to find the ONE statement that
will get me through all situations in life. Whether I am on top of the
world or in the pits, find that statement. I don't want to learn long and
complicated philosophies. I want one simple statement. Find it or
write it; I don't care, just bring me the statement."

The men left and consulted for months. They finally returned and
handed the King a scroll. The King unrolled the scroll. On it was
written four words: "THIS TOO SHALL PASS"

That was it. The wise men explained. When you are on top of the
world, that is but a fleeting moment, things change, always
remember, this too shall pass. When you are in the pits, all nights are
followed by day, at your lowest moments remember also, this too
shall pass. All external circumstances and material things change. No
matter what your circumstances, remember, THIS TOO SHALL

The wise men reminded the great King that this would get him
through his earthly things but the truly wise knew there were things
beyond this earth and life. Things those were eternal. True wisdom
they reminded the King was in the ability to recognize the fleeting
temporal things of the material world from the truly eternal things. O
Great King they said, "Most of the things that you worry or gloat about
are temporary and our four words apply."

Dear Readers, for most of your situations. . . THIS TOO SHALL

I wish you:-

Enough sun, to keep your attitude bright;
Enough rain, to appreciate the sun more;
Enough happiness, to keep your spirit alive;
Enough pain, so that the smallest joys in life appear much
Enough gain, to satisfy your wanting;
Enough loss, to appreciate all that you possess;
Enough "Hellos", to get you through the final "Good-bye”.

Regards, Pranay Gupta

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