Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Once upon a Time...

Once upon a time, there lived a great great sage, in the middle of the forest with all the lovely trees around him. He was a great archer. He had a beautiful wife. His wife was a great athlete... pre PT Usha types.

So as it used to happen this sage used to shoot an arrow, and then his wife used to run and get it back. That is why sage had only one arrow, because he did not need another one. He used to shoot and his wife used to run and get it back.

Now as it happened, one day his wife went after the arrow but did not come back for long. Sage was getting very worried and angry. His wife was very beautiful so he was getting suspicious. Finally very late in the evening she arrived. Sage asked her very angrily "Where have you been, it is almost night?", she said "Dont get angry at me, get angry at the sun, because it was so hot that my feet burnt, my face burnt and I got tired and fell down. Only after the sun went down I could do my work".

Not this sage got very angry. He knew that right in the middle of the day sun stopped for a second. And he said "I am going to teach a lesson to Sun, tomorrow at afternoon am going to shoot the sun down."

Having heard of this all the gods got very disturbed, because the sage was the greatest of archers and he was quite capable to shooting the sun down. So they began to worry. Next day sage took bath did his morning pooja and got ready to shoot the sun.

Gods came and requested him not to do this, because that would destroy the earth, but he was very angry "Sun has troubled my wife and am going to teach him a lesson"

That is when one of the Gods came and gave him an umbrella and a pair of slippers and he told the great sage "Instead of shooting down the sun, why dont you gift these to your wife"

That is how umbrella and slippers came in to existence.

I happened to attend one of the seminars of guy called Devdutt Pattaniak . This story was narrated then. Devdutt is a medical doctor by education, marketing manager by presentation and a mythologist by passion (that is what his website says). What I know about this guy is that he is a fantastic story teller. He made a two hour presentation, explaning the relevance of Mythology in todays corporate scenario. I liked the way he put the analogy, it was very new and innovative some of the things were far fetched, but it was full of all this kinds of story, that made it very pleasurable to sit up and listen to him, that too right after heavy lunch.

For example the above story says, "Instead of changing the world change yourself, or rather Adapt to changing world"

Anyways, his website has some nice interesting stories, take a peek. And keep his name in mind, next time he has a presentation somewhere please attend it.


GeekBeyondRedemption said...

Quotes from GB.Shaw for you!

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want. And if they can't, make them.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -- George Bernard Shaw


that was a very good post...and i adored the story..

and i love the comments by gbs poted here bu gbs..someday i was going to put the second one in my random thought blog but for this one already appearing here...

Aditi Das Patnaik said...

Hey nice one and the one in the mail as well...you might wanna make a post of that too :)

Goli said...

@prasanna.... You reminded of Anti Markonikov rule in chemistry... I think that for any quote you can find a opposite meaning quote... :D

@sucharita... Thanks... actually you should read his website it is cool..

@aditi... Thanks..

satyajit said...

i would take his stories seriously but not the morals he draws out of them solely cos its based on an absolutely fantastical story..however, this story is absolute gibberish..i think its only entertainment and there's no lasting value of any morals

people would remember him by "fundoo banda hai yaar" and recommend him to friends; however, that would just be it; any thinking developed and after effect of such stories is purely coincidental..i say so with so much interest cos i dont like the fact that he's marketing under the garb of morals

and i think devdutt is Oriya

Shashank said...

namaste goli ji! :)
don't know what to say .. i liked the story .. but didn't really know how to link the moral and the story .. but as marked by you .. i will definitely check other stuff by the speaker! :)

Jishnu A said...

Telling through stories is the best way to communicate.. else Ramayana and Mahabharata would never have survived the tumultuous Indian past..

brocasarea said...

hey...nice one:)...