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How The Flower Ketaki Fell from Grace : Hindu Mythological Story

 

How The Flower Ketaki Fell from GraceOnce while Vishnu and Brahma were quarrelling about which of them was superior to the other, Shiva, in the form of a column of light, appeared beside them. The column seemed to have no beginning or end, stretching upwards and downwards as far as the eye could see. The two gods decided that whoever found the top or the bottom of the column first would be deemed to be superior to the other.
So they set out, Vishnu in the form of a boar, and Brahma in the form of a swan. Vishnu descended for aeons together, but could not find the base of the column, and finally gave up the search. Brahma, soaring upwards, was equally unsuccessful in reaching the top. He saw a ketaki flower wafting down, and catching it, returned to the starting point where Vishnu was waiting for him.

How The Flower Ketaki Fell from Grace Then followed a spot of duplicity. Brahma, claiming success, waved the flower, which he said he had found at the summit, in Vishnu’s face. Vishnu doubted his claim. He asked the ketaki if what Brahma said was true. The flower said it was.

The barefaced lie infuriated Shiva, and he cursed the flower (another version says the flower refused to substantiate Brahma’s claim and that it was Brahma who cursed it). The ketaki, till then considered the best among flowers, lost its importance and was never again offered in worship except on Mahashivratri when it makes a shy appearance.

 

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Green Missile : Norse Mythological Story

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Balder was the god of light in Norse mythology. He was the son of the chief god, Odin, and the goddess Frigg.

Balder was loved by all except the wicked Loki, who, jealous of his popularity, plotted his death.

Balder’s mother had made all things—living and non-living—swear an oath that they would never harm her son. So there was no weapon that could hurt him.

Nevertheless, Loki cast about for a way to destroy Balder. One day he learnt that there was one plant, the mistletoe that had not sworn the oath to Frigg.

He obtained a slender branch of the tree, sharpened one of its ends, and hastened to the great hall where the gods were feasting. They were entertaining themselves by good-naturedly flinging rocks and spears at Balder, knowing full well that nothing could harm him.

Loki stole up to the blind god Hoder who also happened to be Balder’s brother and asked him why he was not hurling things at Balder like the others.

“I cannot see,” said the god.

“Throw this,” said Loki, thrusting the weapon he had made, into his hands. “I’ll guide you.”

Hoder flung the sharpened branch.

It pierced Balder, and he fell down dead.

Loki did not go unpunished. The gods chained him to rocks in a deep cavern. There, he awaits his release. For according to Norse mythology he will eventually break free and take his revenge on the deities who had attempted to bind him for eternity.

Ganpati Swoops Down : Hindu Mythological Story

There was an unusually hot summer prevailing in South India and Sage Agastya went to mount Kailas to ask Lord Shiva for water. Kaveri happened to be worshipping Shiva at that time.

Shiva picked her up and put her in Agastya’s kamandalu.

The sage thanked his benefactor and set out for home.

Indra did not approve of what Shiva had done and requested Ganpati to somehow overturn Agastya’s kamandalu.

Ganpati took the form of a crow and when Agastya kept the vessel down swooped down, and sat on its rim. The vessel overturned and Kaveri flowed out.

Agastya was very angry but calmed down when Ganpati revealed his true form.

Ganpati refilled Agastya’s kamandalu, but Kaveri flowed on and continues to flow to this day.

Feast of Kubera : Hindu Mythological Story

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Kubera, god of wealth, had become arrogant. One day he decided to host an extravagant feast for the gods, such a feast as never had been hosted before. It would increase his prestige and show all men and gods the extent of his wealth and influence.

Accordingly, he went to Mount Kailash to invite Lord Shiva. Shiva was his patron. Kubera owed all his wealth to Shiva who, pleased with his devotion had given him the boon that his wealth would never diminish, no matter how much he spent.

Shiva declined to come but said he would send his son, Ganesha. Kubera was disappointed. Shiva’s presence would have been a feather in his cap. But at least he was sending Ganesha. It would have been a terrible snub if no one from the family were to come. Kubera resolved to make the feast so grand that Shiva’s absence would not be felt.

The guests were many, thousands of them, both gods and men. They were accommodated in a huge hall built especially for the purpose. The chief guest, Ganesha, was the last to come.

The moment he entered, he began to ask for food. He was shown to a seat of honor and tantalizing dishes were set before him. He gulped them down and asked for more. He was given a second helping and then a third but his appetite remained undiminished.

Kubera ordered his army of cooks to produce more food but they could not keep pace with Ganesha’s eating frenzy. The elephant-god was eating food meant for thousands. When he had finished all the food set before him, he began to shout, “Give me more, give me more!” and then getting impatiently to his feet, rushed to the enormous kitchen and devoured all the food there.

Kubera was aghast. All the food was gone and the guests had not been fed. Worse, Ganesha was still hungry.

“You call this a feast?” Ganesha admonished Kubera. “There’s no food here. I’m going home.”

Kubera pleaded with him to stay, promising him more food in a little while but his young guest was in no mood to listen. He got on his mount and sped away. Kubera, fearing Shiva’s wrath, followed in his own vehicle. When he arrived at Kailash, he found Ganesha complaining loudly to his father about the lack of food at his feast.

“What’s this I hear, Kubera?” asked Shiva, turning to the god. “No food at your feast?”

“I….I….,” mumbled Kubera.

“Go in and ask your mother for some food,” said Shiva to his son. “I’m sure Kubera did his best.”

“I did, I did, my lord,” said Kubera, feeling miserable. His feast had turned into a farce. Instead of adding to his prestige it had made him a laughing stock. But he was relieved to see that Shiva did not appear to be angry.

He fell at his patron’s feet and begged forgiveness.

 

story of the day!

The Dumb Kid and The Barber

     It was a sunny day in Portland, when a young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer ” This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you”. The Barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, ” which one do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves.  ” What did I tell you?” said the Barber. ” That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. ” Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?” The boy licked his cone and replied , ” because the day I take the dollar bill, the game is over !”