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Sowmini
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Mukesh Tank
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Bandhu Vinod
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Shipra Agarwal
Personnel Officer
+5 Others

HI friend one good story to share with……


There once lived a great mathematician in a village outside Ujjain. He was often called by the local king to advice on matters related to the economy. His reputation had spread as far as Taxila in the North and Kanchi in the South. So it hurt him very much when the village headman told him, "You may be a great mathematician who advises the king on economic matters but your son does not know the value of gold or silver."

The mathematician called his son and asked, "What is more valuable - gold or silver?" "Gold," said the son. "That is correct. Why is it then that the village headman makes fun of you, claims you do not know the value of gold or silver? He teases me every day. He mocks me before other village elders as a father who neglects his son. This hurts me. I feel everyone in the village is laughing behind my back because you do not know what is more valuable, gold or silver. Explain this to me, son."

So the son of the mathematician told his father the reason why the village headman carried this impression. "Every day on my way to school, the village headman calls me to his house. There, in front of all village elders, he holds out a silver coin in one hand and a gold coin in other. He asks me to pick up the more valuable coin. I pick the silver coin. He laughs, the elders jeer, everyone makes fun of me. And then I go to school. This happens every day. That is why they tell you I do not know the value of gold or silver."

The father was confused. His son knew the value of gold and silver, and yet when asked to choose between a gold coin and silver coin always picked the silver coin. "Why don't you pick up the gold coin?" he asked. In response, the son took the father to his room and showed him a box. In the box were at least a hundred silver coins. Turning to his father, the mathematician's son said, "The day I pick up the gold coin the game will stop. They will stop having fun and I will stop making money."

The bottom line is
Sometimes in life, we have to play the fool because our seniors and our peers, and sometimes even our juniors like it. That does not mean we lose in the game of life. It just means allowing others to win in one arena of the game, while we win in the other arena of the game. We have to choose which arena matters to us and which arenas do not.
2nd July 2010 From India, Mumbai
HI Mukesh, I am bit confused about this story although its very good. But i didnt get whats the logic to keep silver coin instead of Gold one...... Thanks Yogita
3rd July 2010 From India, Delhi
Hi Mukesh,
Nice story. it gives an insight that if v go for mosre valuable things, then might be that v may not get enogh which v can earn by other less valuable things. it can prove to be a lesson for those who are plg to start their venture with less capital.
Shipra
3rd July 2010 From India, Delhi
Hi Yogita,
The logic of the story is that, if he had taken the gold coin, they would have stopped at that, as they would have thought that he knows the value of gold. Since he had taken the silver coin, they thought that he did not know the value of gold and thus they showed him both coins, daily and he started collecting the silver coins. Thus he was able to collect lots of silver coins instead of just one gold coin.
Suresh
4th July 2010 From Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Very good story.To me , the management lesson conveyed appears that for fools who think themselves to be wise men, the really wise man who is not one in the crowd always looks like a fool! Moral of the story: Do not underestimate any one merely because he is not matching your standards.
4th July 2010 From India, Hyderabad
Dear Mukesh,
This is really inspiring management lesson and I have really liked it. In future also please keep posting, I really appreciate your value added contribution.
This story teaches us a lesson that we should decided which opportunity we should gain or lose for long term benefit and we should develop an habit to lose some opportunity for long term benefit.
Once again thanking,
6th July 2010 From India, Mumbai
LIFE IS A CHANGE.~~
- so beautiful to read....




This Too Shall Pass

Once a king called upon all of his wise men and asked them, ” Is there a mantra or suggestion which works in every situation, in every circumstances, in every place and in every time. In every joy, every sorrow, every defeat and every victory? One answer for all questions? Something which can help me when none of you is available to advise me? Tell me is there any mantra?”

All the wise men were puzzled by the King’s question. They thought and thought. After a lengthy discussion, an old man suggested something which appealed to all of them. They went to the king and gave him something written on paper, with a condition that the king was not to see it out of curiosity.

Only in extreme danger, when the King finds himself alone and there seems to be no way, only then he can see it. The King put the papers under his Diamond ring.

Some time later, the neighbors attacked the Kingdom. King and his army fought bravely but lost the battle. The King had to flee on his horse. The enemies were following him. getting closer and closer. Suddenly the King found himself standing at the end of the road - that road was not going anywhere. Underneath there was a rocky valley thousand feet deep. If he jumped into it, he would be finished…and he could not return because it was a small road…the sound of enemy’s horses was approaching fast. The King became restless. There seemed to be no way.

Then suddenly he saw the Diamond in his ring shining in the sun, and he remembered the message hidden in the ring. He opened the diamond and read the message. The message was - ” THIS TOO SHALL PASS”

The King read it . Again read it. Suddenly something struck him- Yes ! This too will pass. Only a few days ago, I was enjoying my kingdom. I was the mightiest of all the Kings. Yet today, the Kingdom and all his pleasure have gone. I am here trying to escape from enemies. Like those days of luxuries have gone, this day of danger too will pass. A calm came on his face. He kept standing there. The place where he was standing was full of natural beauty. He had never known that such a beautiful place was also a part of his Kingdom.

The revelation of the message had a great effect on him. He relaxed and forgot about those following him. After a few minutes he realized that the noise of the horses and the enemy coming was receding. They moved into some other part of the mountains and were near him.

The King was very brave. He reorganized his army and fought again. He defeated the enemy and regained his empire. When he returned to his empire after victory, he was received with much fanfare. The whole capital was rejoicing in the victory.

Everyone was in a festive mood. Flowers were being showered on King from every house, from every corner. People were dancing and singing. For a moment King said to himself,” I am one of the bravest and greatest King. It is not easy to defeat me. With all the reception and celebration he saw an ego emerging in him.

Suddenly the Diamond of his ring flashed in the sunlight and reminded him of the message. He open it and read it again: “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”.

He became silent. His face went through a total change - from the egoist he moved to a state of utter humbleness. If this too is going to pass, it is not yours. The defeat was not yours, the victory is not yours. You are just a watcher. Everything passes by. We are witnesses of all this. We are the perceivers. Life comes and goes. Happiness comes and goes. Sorrow comes and goes.

Now as you have read this story, just sit silently and evaluate your own life. This too will pass. Think of the moments of joy and victory in your life. Think of the moment of Sorrow and defeat. Are they permanent ? They all come and pass away.

Life just passes away. There is nothing permanent in this world. Everything changes except the law of change. Think over it from your own perspective. You have seen all the changes. You have survived all setbacks, all defeats and all sorrows. All have passed away. The problems in the present, they too will pass away. Because nothing remains forever. Joy and sorrow are the two faces of the same coin. They both will pass away.

You are just a witness of change. Experience it, understand it, and enjoy the present moment - this too shall pass



6th July 2010 From India, Vadodara
Hi Mukesh, though I have read this story before, this time I read the moral in a different dimension. Great!!! keep the good things going. Thanks for sharing... Sowmini.
8th July 2010 From India, Madras
Dear Mukash,
Good one. Regret tat I just read this becos I chose the gold coin and now have to quit my job, losing all the silver ones. Sometimes its really good to play dumb, you won't lose so much.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards,
LENG
18th July 2010 From Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Its a Good One....can u suggest some examples where we can implement this in our life’s...
18th July 2010 From India, Mumbai
The time passes everything. Then... certainly... you will be passed and the photographs will be hanged... people will mourn for 3... 12....13....40 days and then... after a year.... press note with photograph and then another year.. the same after some more time memories will be buried under time...
So what...?
Do your work sincerely... honestly.. enjoy the fruits.
Don,t wait for the time and keep marching ahead..
But do work and work
and say So what.. on sorrows and So what... on happiness... so what on incidents and ...Astonish
17th March 2018 From India, Indore
Thought Provoking Stories;Thanks !!!
11th April 2018 From India, Kochi
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