Sunday, November 13, 2011


A Story - Two Words

Good Morning, Dear Reader. 
On this beautiful Sunday Morning let me tell you this inspirational Zen story called TWO WORDS

There was once a monastery that was very strict and all monks were required to strictly follow a vow of silence. 

No one was allowed to speak at all.

But there was one exception to this rule. 

After every ten years the monks were permitted to speak two words.

After spending his first ten years at the monastery one young monk was called by the Head Monk who said, “It has been ten years since you arrived here. What are the two words you would like to speak…?”

“Bed Hard…” said the monk.

“I see,” replied the Head Monk without a trace of emotion and walked away. 

Ten more years passed and the young monk was once again summoned to the Head Monk’s office and the Head Monk asked him, “What are the two words you would like to speak…?”

“Food Stinks…” said the young monk.

“I see,” said the Head Monk nonchalantly and walked away. 

Yet another ten years passed and the young monk was once again called to the Head Monk’s office and the Head Monk asked the young monk, “What are your two words now…?” 

“I Quit…!” said the young monk. 

“Well I can see why,” replied the Head Monk, “All you ever do is to carp and complain.” 
Moral of the Story:

It is all about attitude. If you have a negative attitude to life all you will do is Crib, Carp, Moan, Groan or Complain.

Try your best to adjust yourself to the prevailing situation and then with a positive approach try to make the best of it.

Or if you feel the situation is so bad that it is impossible for you to adjust, opt out at the first opportunity instead of cribbing and continuing to suffer hoping things will change for the better when you know that they will not.

Cheer Up, Dear Reader, it is always better to have a positive attitude and optimistic temperament.

Do carry this story in your mind and Have a Good Sunday

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2011
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 14 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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Deepak Karthik said...

Nice story and superb moral, either we have to adjust ourselves to the surroundings or we should adjust the surroundings to our taste :)

Indian Citizen Ranting said...

Its indeed negative attiude that brings down the man. I came to this blog seeing your pic with your dog actually. I too have a stray. except she wasn't a stray from 18th day after she was born I guess. Great blog. Keep up the good work.
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