Nama Article 25th December 2013
Gopa Kuteeram Kids programs' are regularly conducted in various satsangs across the world under the aegis of Global Organization for Divinity to inculcate cultural and traditional values in the young minds, as well as provide them a strong foundation of Sanatana Dharma and let the beautiful values of love, mutual respect and brotherhood blossom in the tender hearts.
Today 25th Dec 2013, Gopakuteeram Annual day was celebrated at Mahodaya Hall, Chennai with the particiaption of Kids from in and around Chennai Gopakuteerams and was blessed by HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Story for children
Each one of us must be aware of our own limitations and strengths. Just as we ignore the criticism of people who are oblivious of our talents and virtues, we should also learn to disregard the comments of flatterers.
When someone praises the qualities and virtues that we really don't possess, though initially we tend to ignore such compliments, as time passes we even begin to believe their words. Even if we overlook those compliments, people who require a favour from us or who intend to deface us will flatter us and succeed in making us believe it! So we must be very cautious in that regard. An instance that illustrates the above has been quoted in the Mahabharata.
One day, the boys saw a few swans walking along the beach. They told the crows, "Hey crows! you and the swans are indeed equal in every aspect. Why don't you fly like them?" Due to their fattened ego and stupidity, the crows believed the words of the children. They thought that they could indeed fly like the swans. So the crows challenged the swans to a flying competition. The swans agreed and said, "Let the best one among you compete with anyone of us."
The competition began. Initially the swan flew at a slower pace and the crows rejoiced thinking that their candidate was about to win. Gradually the swan picked up speed and began to rise to higher altitude. The crow tried hard but it could not fly above a certain altitude. The exertion weakened the crow and it fell into the sea. It begged the swan which was flying at a very high altitude to save its life. The swan too took pity on the crow and saved it. The pride of the crow was thus curbed and it felt ashamed of its act.
Thus children, we should not totally believe what others tell about us. Except us, who else can really know about our real status?
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji