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Today, I am sharing an ancient story from lard Buddha! This is a story that may realize you self worth which you may not be aware about yourselves!
before I share this story, I ask you what is Your Value? What is your Worth? You might not say anything or you might say its not much! I know you must not be feeling great about yourself! You might say I am ordinary person. whatever it may be You may be feeling pity, poor, Mediocre or good about yourself but I am sure at the end of this sharing it would be completely different!
Once, A man approached to Lord Buddha & asked him : What is the value of Human life? What is The Real Worth of Human life?
Buddha was a man of few words ! He smiled at him & Said Its Priceless! But the man did not believe him, He said How can it be? Can you explain?
Buddha said okay, I would explain you but before that would you do one thing for Me! The man replied yes, I would! just tell me what to do? Buddha said Okay!
Lord Buddha smiled and gave him a odd shaped stone and said “ Now, go and find the worth of this stone.” Man got puzzled with Buddha’s task. He thought this is just a cheap stone, how much it would be? But without saying anything he took the job & started thinking by looking at the stone. He was about to go when Buddha reminded him, You have to know the value but you don’t have to sell the stone in any scenario!
Man, though bit surprised, took that stone and went to the market. First he went to an
Orange seller and asked him about the worth of the stone. Orange seller replied “ I will give a dozen of oranges and you give this stone to me.” Man moved on and then went to a vegetable vendor and asked him the same question. The vendor exclaimed “Take a sack of potatoes and leave this shiny stone.”
Man got bit amazed but still not satisfied with all these answers kept going on. Next he went to a goldsmith and showed him the stone. Goldsmith amazed by the shine of the stone said “Sell me this stone for $100,000”. Man refused this offer. Goldsmith readily agreed to pay him $500,000. Man was very much impressed & his eyes started glittering, He was about to sell the stone to him but he got remembered by words of Buddha.Finally Man said “My teacher has asked me not to sell this stone to anyone.”
Finally Man went to a diamond merchant and showed him the stone. When diamond
merchant saw this beautiful, shining stone, he could not believe his eyes. Mesmerized by the beauty of stone, diamond merchant first laid down a red velvet cloth and then placed that Ruby stone on it and bowed before it. Finally he asked Man, “Where did you find this precious stone? Even after selling the whole world we can’t estimate the worth of this ruby stone. This is priceless and invaluable.” Man got puzzled with the variety of experience he just had with different people and went straight back to Lord Buddha. He then narrated his story to Buddha and asked him, “What is the real worth of of this Stone?”
Buddha replied, its up to individual. “Orange seller quoted 12 oranges, Vegetable vendor said one sack of potatoes, goldsmith valued the stone at $500000 and finally diamond merchant mentioned it as invaluable.”
Buddha Asked did you get answer to your question? The same is true for human life. “ Your value is up to you! Every Human life is priceless! Every human is invaluable! Human worth is beyond measure!You can trade yourself for few oranges, for a sack of potatoes Or for few millions.Or You can be priceless like the Jewel. Buddha said – you are a gem”, But people around you will value you according to their views, knowledge and state of mind. You are undoubtedly a Diamond!
The New View – What did you learn from this story? I ask you What is your worth? What’s your view? Still you feel you are nobody or just some human being! No, you are not! You are a Gem! You should not ask someone or justify someone who you are! You do not have to beg someone. Never accept someone’s definition to your life rather Define yourself! People might see yourself as mediocre or nobody but trust me You are Somebody! You have a greatness within you! You have entirely a different & exceptional Legend within you which is yet to be discovered & Shine! but its your duty to rub, Heat & strike it harder in order to shine! You are a wonder within. you have to discover yourself! you have to know your worth & value yourself before someone else label you. Do not get stamped by a number! Irrespective of who you are, wherever you work or whatever you have! Do not allow anyone to label you with some paper notes, some rewards or any costly materialistic possessions or fancy toys. You are undoubtedly a Diamond! You are jewel! just work hard on yourself if you want to shine! You have to identify yourself! You have to certify yourself as priceless!
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