Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Ice Cream Sundae

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. the by asked, “How much is an ice cream sundae?” “50 cents,” replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it. “How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient. “35 cents,” she said brusquely. The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed. When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip. Similarly, while practicing spirituality we may start judging our peers & fellow devotees with respect to their, behaviours, external appereance,etc. But the most important thing we neglect is to understand their heart as in this story the boy may seem to be wasting time & fooling around with the waitress. and she also treated him rudely just by going on his appearance. but when she realized her mistake, it was too late as the boy had already left. So when we start practicing krishna consciousness the 1st thing we should eliminate in us is the attitude of fault finding, even though their acts may be disturbing to us. we should always accept the people around us as they are & deal with them patiently, we never know our spiritual advancement might be in the hands & mercy of that same devotee... #sjoshi

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