Inspirational Story

The Seven Jars

Long ago there lived in Northern India a merchant whose wife had died and who went daily from his lonely house in the foothills to the town below, for buying and selling. “I must have a holiday,” he said to himself one day, and he began to climb up into the hills to enjoy the view and the sounds of the forest. In the hot afternoon, feeling sleepy he looked for a quiet place for a nap. Soon he discovered a kind of hole in a cliff, actually a cave; so he lay down in the dark interior and slept. Waking up, he felt there was something with him, in the cave.

Crawling back inside he found a large earthen jar. Then another, and another and another — there were seven jars there, altogether! Now the merchant wondered if he dared to open them. There was no sound of anyone about, still it seemed a bit risky. But curiosity, as you know, is powerful indeed. He found he could lift the lid of the first jar. What do you know! It seemed to be full of gold coins. So were the second, third, fourth and fifth. Under the lid of the sixth jar he found an aged piece of paper.
On it was written, “Finder, beware!! The seven jars of gold are yours, but there is a curse. No one who takes them with him can leave the curse behind.” Now, next to curiosity, greed is the most powerful urge. Our merchant overjoyed with his luck, wasted no time in borrowing a two-wheeled cart to carry the jars of gold to his house. It was exhausting and next to impossible. Bulky and hard to lift, they had to be taken two by two; in the dark of night he lugged them to his house. On the last trip, with the seventh jar alone thankfully the load was lighter, and he noticed nothing.

“Let me count the coins,” he thought, “and see how great my fortune is.”

But when that seventh jar was opened he found it was only half-full. “What!” he cried, “I was promised seven jars!” He had thrown the note away and forgotten about the curse. The merchant was overcome and obsessed by a spirit of grasping and greed. Now, in the town, he went at his money-making hand and fist; it was all he lived for. “I must fill the seventh jar with gold,”: this was his constant thought. Yet the more he put into the jar, strangely the more it remained half-full. He lived some years more, but never did he enjoy spending the gold he had found, because it was never

There are so many individuals like this man, no matter how much they have they are never satisfied.

Thought For Today

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In a world of bitter, disgruntled people we have to find a common ground. You might not love everyone you come in  contact with but it is possible for us all to co-exist. We must stop focusing on the faults of others and remember that none of us are perfect. Treat people with kindness and respect and remember that the good you do will come back right to you. Be mindful also that if you do wrong to others you will reap a bitter harvest. As the saying goes ‘you reap what you sow’. Have a blessed day and speak peace to those you come in contact with today.

Killing of Gays

 Jamaican Gay Teen Chopped To Death By Angry Crowd

I read this news paper article about a week ago and I have to state my views on the incident. Apparently a 17-year-old transvestite was spotted dancing with another man at  a street dance. Someone recognized him and pointed out to others that he was a man dressed up like a woman. Subsequently the teen was attacked, beaten, chopped and stabbed to death. His body was then dumped into nearby bushes and was later discovered by police who are reportedly launching an investigation. I will not hold my breath on any arrest in the matter.

In my opinion this was a wicked and barbaric act against this young man. He may have stepped out of line dancing with another man in a society in which he is aware that many people are homophobic. However taking the life of someone for this in this cruel manner is something we must denounce. Unfortunately in the comments it was clear that many people justified the actions of the murderers.

Siding with murderers in a country with a high murder rate as Jamaica murder rate is poses some serious questions. How seriously do Jamaicans feel about curbing the murder rate which already is over six hundred death for 2015.  How is it okay to stab and chop someone to death simply for being different?  How is it wrong to be gay yet okay to be a murderer. Many are quick to quote scriptures to justify their actions but let us also remember one of the ten commandments said Thou Shalt Not Kill.

Thought for Today

Greed has taken over the world and sometimes those who have are the ones who are never satisfied. Greed is having a negative impact on the health sector. We have cases of doctors diagnosing people with cancer who do not have the disease and subjecting them the expensive cancer treatments, destroying the health of these people for personal gain. Today I read of another case of a doctor diagnosing patients with MS who don’t the disease and subjecting them to expensive treatments simply because of greed. Where is the love for humanity. Is money more important than someone’s life?

Thought For Today

“Hate no one, no matter how much they’ve wronged you. Live humbly, no matter how wealthy you become. Think positively, no matter how hard life is. Give much, even if you’ve been given little. Keep in touch with the ones who have forgotten you, and forgive who has wronged you, and do not stop praying for the best for those you love.”     (Ali Ibn Abi Talib RA)

Thought For Today

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ”
― Oprah Winfrey