A Message for the Day : Understand Correctly

Understand correctlyUnderstanding is the key in many aspects of life. Most of the conflicts happen in this world are due to misunderstanding.When it comes to philosophies we ensure that we get the right sense of it. Else it would end up in an absolute mess.

Once a Sage advised his disciples “All the living beings on this earth are a form of God. So you should learn to respect one another mutually and listen to them. All disciples observed his words so obediently and owed to follow his advice in their life.

After a few days, when a disciple was in a pursuit to bring some firewood from a nearby forest, he heard people screaming and running around. A man shouted “Please run away, hide somewhere, an elephant gone amok and it is nearing us. Run! Run!”

Everyone found a spot to hide, some climbed up the tall trees and some went into the bushes. This disciple was a lonely man seemed not to bother about the situation. A man from a tree shouted at him “Run away and hide! Why are you standing like this?”

He calmly replied “Why should I move? Run?, I know all living beings are a form of God. So as the Elephant!” He stood still.

The mad elephant appeared in his sight. “What is your problem?” he asked the elephant and started to sing some hymn.

“Idiot, Run Away” a few people screamed again from atop the trees.  He didn’t bother to move. The beast curled him with its trunk, lifted him up and thrown him into a spiny bush. His lucky day he survived as the elephant moved away.

But he paid the price for his madness, with severe wounds. He limped back to the ashram and went straight away to his master. He told everything happened there.

“You said once all living beings are a form of god, then why that Elephant hurt me, when I was singing a hymn for him? I am also a living being- a form of god right? So how can the elephant hurt me?” he asked the sage with narrow sense.

The Sage replied “That’s right, you too a form of god, so also the elephant, but why haven’t you listened to the words of fellow gods in human forms right atop the trees, who warned you to Run Away!?”

The disciple blinked and realized that he misunderstood the philosophy.

This is a fable to explain the importance of understanding the concepts of philosophies and religions correctly. Sometimes in real life, there are more interesting things of misunderstanding happens.

Once at a rehabilitation camp a doctor dropped a worm in a glass of alcohol and asked “What happened to the worm now?”

A participant replied “It’s Dead”

“So What you understand from this?” asked the doctor.

“We can kill all harmful worms in our stomach and intestines, if we drink alcohol regularly!!!” he replied confidently.

Thereafter the doctor never used this example! 🙂 🙂

 Hope you understand the importance of understanding the things in a right sense! 🙂


This is a translation of an episode of the popular radio program in India “Indru Oru Thagaval” means “A Message for the Day” by renowned Orator and Author Thenkachi Ko Swaminathan. The show, giving a message, was a hit and was broadcast for 12 years from 1988.

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Story : An Opportunity may come at anytime!

TouchstoneWhen the great library of Alexandria burned, the story goes, one book was saved. But it was not a valuable book; and so a poor man, who could read a little, bought it for a few coppers.

The book wasn’t very interesting, but between its pages there was something very interesting indeed. It was a thin strip of vellum on which was written the secret of the “Touchstone”!

The touchstone was a small pebble that could turn any common metal into pure gold. The writing explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other pebbles that looked exactly like it. But the secret was this: The real stone would feel warm, while ordinary pebbles are cold.

So the man sold his few belongings, bought some simple supplies, camped on the seashore, and began testing pebbles.

He knew that if he picked up ordinary pebbles and threw them down again because they were cold, he might pick up the same pebble hundreds of times. So, when he felt one that was cold, he threw it into the sea. He spent a whole day doing this but none of them was the touchstone. Yet he went on and on this way. Pick up a pebble. Cold – throw it into the sea. Pick up another. Throw it into the sea.

The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months. One day, however, about midafternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea before he realized what he had done. He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along, he still threw it away.

So it is with opportunity. Unless we are vigilant, it’s easy to fail to recognize an opportunity when it is in hand and it’s just as easy to throw it away.

– Author Unknown

Story : Boys and Frogs

This is a story for kids but still can be a lesson for elders too.

Some boys, playing near a pond, saw a number of Frogs in the water, and began to pelt them with stones. They killed several of them, when one of the Frogs, lifting his head out of the water, cried out: “Please stop, my boys; what is sport to you is death to us.”

Courtesy -Aesop Fables

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Story : Young Thief and his Mother

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A young Man had been caught in a daring act of theft and had been condemned to be executed for it. He expressed his desire to see his Mother, and to speak with her before he was led to execution, and of course this was granted. When his Mother came to him he said: “I want to whisper to you,” and when she brought her ear near him, he nearly bit it off. All the bystanders were horrified, and asked him what he could mean by such brutal and inhuman conduct.

“It is to punish her,” he said. “When I was young I began with stealing little things, and brought them home to Mother. Instead of rebuking and punishing me, she laughed and said: “It will not be noticed.” It is because of her that I am here to-day.”

Moral : Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart therefrom.

Courtesy : Aesop Fables

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