THE BETTER-HALF !


THE sun was moving sadly towards the west, grieved at the many sorrowful sights he had witnessed when suddenly his face brightened at a pleasing scene of love and patience. Tukaram, the composer and singer of devotional music was on his way home. Loaded with ten long stalks of sugar-cane. His eyes shone with child-like innocence, his face beamed with love and peace.

Children loved him and flocked in his way. They held out their hands and he doled out to them the juicy canes till only one was left.

His wife, watched with dismay Tukaram’s generous distribution. When he offered her the solitary cane, she cried out scornfully, “Why did you keep this one? Why didn’t you hand it out with the rest to show the children how large-hearted you are?” She snatched the stalk from his hand, and with rage, she brought it crashing down on his back. The cane snapped in two. Tukaram smiled and said:

“I knew you wouldn’t eat it alone. You are truly my better-half, always ready to share whatever you have. “So saying he started munching the juicy cane, as cheerful as a child. His wife could not resist this utter simplicity of Tukaram and melted into tears of regret and affection.

Clothes stained with blood cannot be cleansed by blood but by water; similarly, rage cannot be removed by rage but by love.


THE INNER LIGHT  |  NOT BY PRAYER ALONE  |  FIRE AND WATER | COME IN-COME IN | THE WORLD  :  A MIRROR  !  | NOT A GRAVEYARD | THE BRUTE IN MAN | THE WEIGHT OF A FLOWER | VISION | TRUST BEGENTS TRUST | INSATIABLE | SEEING THE INVISIBLE | DIALOGUE | THE TOUCHSTONE OF FRIENDSHIP | ELEGANCE OF SPEECH | CONSTRUCTION-NOT DESTRUCTION | NOT IN THE EYE-IN THE HEART | CONTENTMENT | VOICE AND VISION |THE MAGNETISM OF LOVE |THE SMILE OF GOODWILL| BEHAVIOUR |THE PRICE OF ACQUISITION | THE BETTER-HALF| LIGHT AND DARKNESS| THE WAY TO KNOWLEDGE

 

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