Power of Consistency

Once upon a time in a kingdom named Aryapuram, there lived a Guru named Advait. Advait was a very learned person and has lot of experience in teaching, students from far lands came to him for education.

He trained the princes of different lands everything that they needed to learn to become a king one day. The students were called shishya when they were in his ashram.

Once,in his ashram, there were 4 shishya’s named Dhanush, Chitraksh, Itish and Saket. All four were very bright and good in conduct too howver there was one problem. They would start any new work with full enthusiasm but loose interest very soon and give up on and never finish that work. Guru Advait observed this and thought of teaching them a lesson.

One day Guru Advait called all four shishya’s and said to them “My dear, students as you know summer is soon approaching and we have only one well for all our needs in the ashram, I think if we can dig up another well it will be useful for us. So I want you four to start digging up a well on the north side of the ashram, I will go get some help from nearby village” saying this Guru Advait went into the village.

Hearing Guru Advait, the Chitraksh at once jumped on to work of digging the well, Dhanush used a crowbar and dug the soil, Saket pulled out soil from the pit and Itish started throwing the soil in a nearby open land. By the time they have dug up few feet’s Guru Advait came there and said: “my dear stop digging here, please move to that corner and start digging”.Shishya’s were little surprised, yet thought maybe there is no water in this part of ashram so Guru Advait is asking to dig in another place. They moved to other corner and started digging. After a while Guru Advait once again stopped them and asked them to move to another part of the ashram and start digging, this repeated a couple of times. Dhanush was comparitively impatient then the rest. He got angry with Guru Advait and said: “If we keep digging pits incomplete when and how would we complete digging the well”?

Guru Advait said, “of course you’ll finish digging the well” in the same way you are doing your other subjects. You start a subject and without finishing it you jump to another subject when you can finish your subjects, why would the well will not get finished?

All four by now understood that their guru Guru Advait has asked them to dig a well to teach them a lesson. They bowed down to Guru Advait and promised to never leave a work incomplete and go ahead to start another work.

 

A Story from Panchatantra…

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