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The Pot of Gold

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Once upon a time there was a young boy. He rushed from one rainbow to another searching for a pot of gold at the end of every pretty rainbow. He could not get proper guidance from anyone in his great quest for gold.

Finally he got tired of being adventurous and agreed to do what his fore-fathers had done. He agreed to take up his father’s profession. He started to beg seated on a box.

One day a passerby asked him: “What is inside the box on which you are seated?” The beggar replied: “I don’t know. I have never opened the box. My father has sat on this box and begged. My grandfather too had sat on this same box and begged. So I am continuing their tradition … and doing exactly as I had seen them do.”

Now the passerby probed and insisted that the beggar must open the box at once and satisfy his curiosity … about the contents of the box on which he was seated.

This insistence and questioning attitude of the passerby tickled and activated the inherent curiosity of the beggar. So he listened to the voice of the passerby and opened the box.

Lo and behold! The box was filled with gold coins.

The grandfather of the beggar had sat on the box begging … and had lived and died as a beggar. The father of the beggar had sat on the box begging … and had lived and died as a beggar. The tradition of poverty, begging and suffering, worry had all been handed down from one generation to the other … with an unnecessary amount of pain, worry and suffering.

Why did no one in the beggar’s family think of opening the box? Actually that is human nature and obeys Newton’s Law: “A body at rest will continue to be at rest” … what is the rest of that law? “ ... unless it is acted upon by an external force. After which the body will start its motion and will continue to remain in motion …. Once again until it is acted upon by an external force … very powerful law …

What does the box of gold coins have to do with us? The passerby? The Newton’s Law?

Each and every one of us has within us as a God-given gift all that we need to create for ourselves the most beautiful lives that we can imagine. Dreams are given to us to wake us up and work towards accomplishing what we had visualized.

However, like the beggar, we get caught in the invisible mind programming and follow the examples of our father and grandfather without questioning whether times have changed and should we not change what we do … too?

It is true that each of us needs a passerby, a Mentor in our lives, who will ask us the right questions, give us no “right” answers, make us seek our own answers, stay at our side and be patient with us … Mentors who will “educare” us … draw forth from within us the gifts, talents and leadership qualities and inborn qualities that God gave us … together with training us to inculcate winners’ habits …Mentors who will remain with us thru thick and thin, thru good times and bad … until we open our box of gold coins.

In days gone by India was famous for its gurukuls where the Gurus did just the above educaring … not modern education which gives all the “right” answers and makes us into robots for the factory of rich employers … but the real educare and drawing forth from within great leadership qualities and success principles to lead a simple, good life with great peace of mind, lots of free time, good health and great wealth.

Now The Newton’s Law: When you start something good under the guidance of a great Mentor, you will continue to grow and progress … till u allow external (negative) forces to stop your progress. Life is simple but not easy. Be patient for 3 to 5 years as opening yourself is not an easy task: because the enemy is within … and the greatest obstacle to your progress is … u got it … YOU!

Keep smiling. Have hope. Trust your Guru and Mentor: allow yourself the time you need to listen, learn, educare and grow wealthy wrt free time, better health and dream-like income streams.

If you would like to know personally, get educare from a team of such passers-by, Mentors who have dedicated their lives to helping people help themselves, do send me a message with email ID, cell number and Indian city where you are located. Life is great fun and the learning by doing experimenting and making mistakes under the sharp eyes of the team of Mentors is very satisfying.

Of course there is one condition: u must agree to share the knowledge, teachings and good things u acquire with others around u and learn how to become a Mentor yourself. Come join the team of India Gurus and Mentors: age is not a deterrent: as young as 18 years, as old as u are: both are great.

About the Author: Naseem Mariam is the editor of "Management that Soars" Newsletter & author of "Project Serenity - How to gain happiness and peace". Her writings draw life from her 24 years experience as software Project Manager. Let her guide you towards Faster All Round Success and a Stress Free, Joyous Life. Her free e-book and newsletter tell you how. Subscribe with a mail to