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A key facator which add value to performance is complete utilisation of resources. Flg is a powerful illustration. I read this story on Buddha and his principle of using the available resources to the fullest extent possible. Sure, you will find it to be interesting !


Buddha, one day, was on deep thought about the wordly activities and the ways of instilling goodness in human. The following is the text of conversation between him and his disciple.

One of his disciples approached him and said humbly " Oh my teacher ! While you are so much concerned about the world and others, why don't you look in to the welfare and needs of your own disciples also."

Budhha : "OK.. Tell me how I can help you"

Disciple : "Master! My attire is worn out and is beyond the decency to wear the same. Can I get a new one, please."

Buddha found the robe indeed was in a bad condition which needed replacement. He asked the store keeper to give the disciple a new robe to wear on. The disciple thanked Buddha and retired to his room.

Though he met his disciple's requirement, Buddha was not all that contended on his decision. He realised he missed out some point. A while after, he realised what he should have asked the disciple . He went to his disciple's place and asked him "Is your new attire comfortable? Do you need anything more ?"

Disciple : "Thank you my Master. The attire is indeed very comfortable. I need nothing more"

Buddha : "Having got the new one, what did you do with your old attire?"

Disciple : "I am using it as my bed spread"

Buddha "Then.. hope you have disposed off your old bed spread"

Disciple " No.. no.. master. I am using my old bedspread as my window curtain"

Buddha " What about your old Curtain?"

Disciple "Being used to handle hot utensils in the kitchen"

Buddha : "Oh.. I see.. Can you tell me what did they do with the old cloth they used in Kitchen"

Disciple : "They are being used to wash the floor."

Buddha " " Then, the old rug being used to wash the floor...???"

Disciple " Master, since they were torn off so much, we could not find any better use, but to use as a twig in the oil lamp, which is right now lit in your study room...."


// If not to this degree of utilisation, can we atleast attempt to find the best use of all our resources - at home and at office ..??!! ??


From India, Mumbai
I hope all of us use the resources available with us to the fullest extent.
Remember the earth and other resources are not an inheritance from our ancestors but a loan from our children!!!

Hi Venkat,
I would want that kind of contentment.
Personal life I can have it but professional very difficult, many employees take maximum advantage of the benefits given to them without thinking of anything else.
Thnks for posting it.

From India, Delhi
Hi Venkat, Very nice story...thx for posting it... Hi Asawari, This is a beautiful thought... :D If only everybody would actually follow it... Warm regards, Devjit
From India, Gurgaon
Hi Archna :
Contentment matrix differs according to the roles that one play. In the given story, the Monk practiced contentment which is a must - criteria for a Monk.
In our life, we play many roles. As a son, as a parent, as a spouse, as a citizen, as a co-passenger, as a colleague, as a friend, as a boss, as a subordinate, as a student, as a teacher...... etc,. Even religious doctrines define that Dharma is to do one's duty aptly. To play one's role effectively is to practice and do what that role warrants. If one could do it aptly, he/she is bound to feel contented. This applies to professional life too.
The other form of contention, to feel satisfied with whatever one has or with whatever that comes in the way... is not for any ambitious person. I prefer to shun away from such an attitude. ' cause it breeds inaction.
When compared to find peace with oneself, attaining contenment is not so difficult.
Just a thought to share.....
Tks for yr comments. Rgds. Venkat

From India, Mumbai
This is very much a practical need in our country. Managers who responsible of replacement of resources should ensure that the unused assets are utilized to the economic deprived segment after all we are one billion population

From India, Pune
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