Kindness and Humility Always Beat Pride and Arrogance
By Jayaram Rajaram
Narrate the following story to your child:
Kubera, the God of wealth went to to Lord Shiva and Parvati in Mt Kailash to show off his wealth to them. He invited Shiva and Parvati for a meal so he could show off all that he had. Since Shiva and Parvati were busy, they offered to send Ganesha for the meal. Shiva warned Kubera that Ganesha ate a lot. But Kubera haughtily and in an arrogant tone said “Let him eat as much as he wants!”.
When Ganesha started eating, he ate and ate and ate till he ate up all the food. He then ate the furniture and Kubera’s palace and was still hungry. Kubera realized his foolishness and ran to Shiva and begged for his forgiveness. Kubera promised never to be so haughty and arrogant again. Pleased with Kubera’s realization, Shiva gave him a fistful of rice and asked him to give it to Ganesha. When Kubera gavve Ganesha the fistful of rice with love and humility Ganesha was satisfied and returned all his wealth to Kubera.
Ask your child: Are people important or things/toys?
If your child says “Toys”, ask him /her “Who gives you the toys?”
Your child will invariably say people. Then ask again -“So are people important or toys?”
Ask your child: Is showing off good?
Do your friends show off?
Do you like it when they show off?
You show off too sometimes.
Will Umachi / Bhagwan (God) like it if you show off?
Do you want to make the same mistake Kubera made?
What will happen if you show off?
Always share with your friends and be kind, or like Kubera you will lose friends and all your good things/toys.
Tell them: If you do good, you get good. If you do bad, you get bad. This is the rule of the universe and it is called Karma! Ask your child to repeat after you.
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