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Blossom

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Hello Everyone! here is something that i thought to share with you all.i know i am not famous and also surrounded by enemies but i still hope that some of you would respond.Thanks:)

"A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for forty days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived.
"Rather than finding a saintly man, though, our hero, on entering the main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food in that part of the world. The wise man conversed with everyone, and the boy had to wait for two hours before it was his turn to be given the man's attention.
"The wise man listened attentively to the boy's explanation of why he had come, but told him that he didn't have time just then to explain the secret of happiness. He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours.
" 'Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something,' said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. 'As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill.'
"The boy began climbing and descending the many stairways of the palace, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was.
" 'Well,' asked the wise man, 'did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that it took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?'
"The boy was embarrassed, and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.
" 'Then go back and observe the marvels of my world,' said the wise man. 'You cannot trust a man if you don't know his house.'
"Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste with which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen.
" 'But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?' asked the wise man.
"Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.
" 'Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you,' said the wisest of wise men. 'The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.' "

tell me how do you comprehend the story.
 

donrahul

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This has left me flummoxed.. I wonder where the moral or what the moral is. It demands that we look into the luxuries of the palace and not forget about the li'l oil drops too.. Perhaps it means, that irrespective of the luxuries around us, we must not forget that our ultimate aim is to prevent the oil from spilling. and that the li'l drops of oil should not make us forget the beauty of the world around us.

In short, do not trample on the small/underpriveleged when u are in the lap of luxury and do not let a small thing make you blind to the real world around you.
 

Blossom

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Yes but what do you think the lil drops of oil signify?
i have a conclusion too.end mein bataon gi:D let the intellectuals partake:enjoy:
 

x_man

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"Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.
" 'Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you,' said the wisest of wise men. ...........
....If at first you don't succeed, try try and try some more. If you still don't succeed then you're just wasting your time trying to do something you aren't any good at…:smokin:

P.S: You dont have to agree with my conclusion..:devil:
 

Blossom

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Jaane do yar... kisi ko bhi nahi pata??

well i believe that it has a different meaning to everyone and it depends on their values and cultural effects.To me,the lil drops of oil are the moral values that our forefathers have entrusted to us, the trust and confidence my parents have in me, my personal opinions about truth, purity, dignity and self respect .Unlike this boy...i want to protect em all for once they are lost,can't be restored easily or even at all..
no matter where you go...no matter how far you travel...you must not forget where you belong and what you are.
go around explore the world....admire the beauties and miracles of mother nature...but never for a second think that you can become someone else or you'll lose your identity forever!
in short "kawwa chala hanse ki chaal,apni bhi bhool gya":lol:
 

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In the US we have an expression: "He can't walk and chew gum at the same time." This means the person is not very bright. I think the parable is about balance in our lives. To be happy you must both tend to your responsibilities (don't spill your oil) and, at the same time, pay attention to what God has provided for you to enjoy. Balance: careful work + healthy play = happiness.
 

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