I would like to share my views on the virtue of ‘Drop out’ through the story of ‘Crow and Garuda’ from the ‘Yuzur Puran.’ This may lighten your mood and be much more useful for our children.
Once a Crow, holding on to a prey (piece of food), was flying to a place to sit & eat. However, a flock of Eagles were chasing it. The crow was anxious and was flying higher and higher, yet eagles were after the poor crow.
Just then "Garuda" saw the pain in the eyes of the crow. Coming closer to the crow, he asked: "What's wrong? You seem to be very "disturbed" and in "stress"?"
The crow cried "Look at these eagles!! They are after me to kill me".
Garuda being the bird of wisdom spoke "Oh my friend! They are not after you to kill you! They are after that piece of meat that you are holding in your beak". Just drop it and see what will happen.
The crow followed the instructions of Garuda and dropped the piece of meat, and there you go, all the eagles flew towards the falling meat.
Garuda smiled and said "The Pain is only till you hold on to it" Just Drop" it.
The crow just bowed and said "I dropped this piece of meat, now; I can fly even higher..."
The message for us from this story is that:
1. People carry the huge burden called "Ego," which creates a false identity about us that we create for ourselves saying "I need love, I need to be invited, I am so and so... etc..Just drop your ego and you will be saved from the burden and pain that it gives.
2. People get irritated fast by "other's actions". It can be their friend, parents, children, colleague, wife , husband or due to property and knowledge... and they get the fumes of "anger ". Just drop your anger and you will never be irritated by other’s actions.
3. People compare themselves with others... in beauty, wealth, life style, marks, talent and appraisals and feel disturbed. We must be grateful with what we have. Comparisons and negative emotions should be just dropped. When we drop our negative vibes we will get happiness.
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