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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A little boy

A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come
and play around it ev-eryday. He climbed to the treetop, ate the apples,
and took a nap in its shadow.

He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him. Time went by and
the little boy had grown up and no longer played around the tree every

One day, the boy came back to the tree and he looked sad. "Come and play
with me", the tree asked the boy. "I am no longer a kid and I don't play
around trees any more," the boy replied. "I want toys.

I need money to buy them." "Sorry, but I do not have money, but you can pick all my apples and sell them. Then, you will have money." The boy
was so excited. He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left
happily.The boy never came back after he picked the apples and the tree
felt sad.

One day, many years later, the boy who had now turned into a man
returned. The tree was excited and said, "Come and play with me." The
boy replied, "I do not have time to play. I have to work for my family
and we need a house for shelter. Can you help me?"

"Sorry, I do not have any house. But you can chop off my branches to
build your house". So the man cut all the branches of the tree and left
happily. The tree was glad to see him happy but the man never came back
since then. The tree was again lonely and sad.

One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted. "Come
and play with me!" the tree said. "I am getting old. I want to go
sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?" said the man. "Use my
trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy." So the
man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed
up for a long time.

Finally, the man returned after many years. "Sorry, my boy. But I do not
have anything for you anymore. No more apples for you", the tree said.
"No problem, I do not have any teeth to bite," the man replied. "No more
trunk for you to climb on". "I am too old for that now," the man said.
"I really cannot give you anything, the only thing left is my dying
roots," the tree said with tears

"I do not need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all
these years," the man replied. "Good! Old tree roots are the best place
to lean on and rest, come sit down with me and rest." The man sat down
and the tree was glad and smiled with tears.

Now, replace the tree in the story with parents. When we are young, we
love to play with our Mum and Dad; but when we grow up, we leave them,
only to come to them whenever we need support - material or emotional,
or when we are in trouble. And no matter what, our parents always are
there by our side and give us everything they can just to make us happy.
Always, we take them fo granted and don"t appreciate all they do for
us, until it"s too late.

It's the same with our divine parent too.

Whenever we are beset with problems, we cry out to Him for help, how many times do we think of Him when everything is going pleasant and beautiful in our lives?

Something to think about ???


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