Saturday, July 14, 2012

Have you got 'the seven jars'?

A Barber who was passing under a haunted tree, heard a voice say,
"Will you accept seven jars full of gold?"
The barber looked around, but could see no one. The offer of seven jars of gold, however, roused his cupidity, and he cried aloud,
"Yes, I shall accept the seven jars."
At once came the reply,
"Go home, I have carried the jars to your house."

The barber ran home in hot haste to verify the truth of this strange announcement. And when he entered the house, he saw the jars before him. He opened them and found them all full of gold, except the last one which was only half-full.

A strong desire now arose in the barber's mind to fill the seventh jar also for without it his happiness was incomplete. He therefore converted all his ornaments into gold coins and put them into the jar; but the mysterious vessel was, as before,unfilled. This exasperated the barber. Starving himself and his family, he saved some amount more and tried to fill the jar; but the jar remained as before.

So one day he humbly requested the king to increase his pay, as his income was not sufficient to maintain himself. Now the barber was a favourite of the king, and as soon as the request was made the king doubled his pay. All this pay he saved and put into the jar, but the greedy jar showed no signs of filling. At last he began to live by begging from door to door, and his professional income and the income from begging — all went into the insatiable cavity of the mysterious jar.

Months passed, and the condition of the miserable and miserly barber grew worse every day. Seeing his sad plight the king asked him one day: "Hallo! When your pay was half of what you now get, you were happy, cheerful and contented; but with double that pay, I see you morose, care-worn and dejected. What is the matter with you? Have you got 'the seven jars'?"

The barber was taken aback by this question and replied, "Your Majesty, who has informed you of this?" The king said: "Don't you know that these are the signs of the person to whom the Yaksha consigns the seven jars. He offered me also the same jars, but I asked him whether this money might be spent or was merely to be hoarded. No sooner had I asked this question than the Yaksha ran away without any reply. Don't you know that no one can spend that money? It only brings with it the desire of hoarding. Go at once and return the money."

The barber was brought to his senses by this advice, and he went to the haunted tree and said, "Take back your gold, O Yaksha." The Yaksha replied,"All right." When the barber returned home, he found that the seven jars had vanished as mysteriously as they were brought in, and with it had vanished, his life-long savings too. Those who do not understand the difference between what is real expenditure and what is real income, lose all they have. One should guard oneself against temptations of greed. Succumbing to them man loses his health, wealth, peace of mind and everything.
-Source: Tales and Parables from Sri RamaKrishna.

47 comments:

anmpatel said...

O master,,,,,
very good story. thanks.

venkatapathy l said...

Namaste Ilango Sir.

It was nostalgic.

One question continuously haunts my mind for a long time. What do the rich people get when they accumulate wealth beyond their need? How to differentiate want from need.

Regards and love.

LV

venkatapathy l said...

I suggest fellow bloggers to visit Kumar's blog and read the post. Some precious information will be revealed.

LV

durga said...

master,once up on a time need prompted people
to become greedy.but alas NOW greed is the need of this so called civilised society.quite timely.good day.

Sujatha said...

Goodmorning sir and all :)

LV sir - apart from the "wealth" i wonder about mukesh ambani's house..wat he is gng to do with that house he can't keep his one leg at ground floor another @ 27th floor :P and consuming more water and electricity as public's r in shortage of water :( breathe stops "just a hand full of ashes the 6ft body" :P காயமே இது பொய்யடா காற்றடைத்த பையடா எவ்வளவு அழகாக பட்டினத்தார் சொல்லியிருக்கிறார்

OMG - my prayer somehow filled for DOW showing 200+++ shhhhhhh now let us open atleast 60-70+++ gap up please..hope u r listening. Thank you.

Have a good day to all

Vignesh said...

Good morning all..
Very nice story..

Kumar Technicals said...

Good Morning ILango Sir & everyone!

Very nice story sir, thanx for sharing. What a coincidence & tuning sir? Last night i thought, something should be for family life in place of physical health & i shared Mr.Amitabh Bachchan's tweet on my blog. Now it looks that my post is supplement of Master's post:)

Regards,

Kumar

sarvesh said...

i really admired this one,, i always long for this Saturday post!!

numchar said...

So true ...
Succumbing to them (greed) man loses his health, wealth, peace of mind and everything.

J.R.Julius said...

Good Morning All.......


Nice Story & Msg Sir.

J.R.Julius said...

From the Secret Scrolls
===================

Begin your day by feeling grateful. Be grateful for the bed you just slept in, the roof over your head, the carpet or floor under your feet, the running water, the soap, your shower, your toothbrush, your clothes, your shoes, the refrigerator that keeps your food cold, the car that you drive, your job, your friends. Be grateful for the stores that make it so easy to buy the things you need, the restaurants, the utilities, services, and electrical appliances that make your life effortless. Be grateful for the magazines and the books that you read. Be grateful for the chair that you sit on, and the pavement that you walk on. Be grateful for the weather, the sun, the sky, the birds, the trees, the grass, the rain, and the flowers.

shriram said...

wonderful story !

saravanan k said...

Good Morning Ilango Sir & all Blogmates.

Sir, As usual, Saturday is completed with your great Moral Story after a week long Market Pulse.

Rgds
Saravanan

ashokmehandiratta said...

Good Morning Ilango Sir and all blogmates. Thanks for an excellent story, as usual.

Hari_Hyderabad said...

Good afternoon master. Thanks for the story.

sometimesbullsometimesbear said...

Very commonly greedy ppl and hoarders are told "Why so greedy, what are u going to take with u when u die"

Nowadays they have also become smart. They reply "I am leaving it for my next generation to enjoy"

Some smarter ones say "When I take birth again in the same family I will enjoy it"

Any smarter replies?

sometimesbullsometimesbear said...

Dear Julius secret scroll notes are really good to read before trading starts. If it is an ebook can u post it in the groups? Thx.

J.R.Julius said...

@Mr.STBSTB,
Good Afternoon. You can see more energetic things
in ebooks "The Secret", "The Power", "Attractor
Factor" & "The Vortex".

shazra said...

good afternoon to sir and all
thanks for the beautiful story and msg

noorie said...

Great story Master...Rejuvenated!!!

gkm223 said...

i can say one thing with proudness that this place is best of best.

gkm223 said...

sometimesbullsometimesbear ji, "if i will get another chance i will enjoy and let people enjoyable what i missed."

Sethu said...

Dear All,

Please read this . Sorry for not giving the source which I forgot to note down. This appeared somewhere on online which I cut and kept it but forgot to note down the source.

Be content with what is possible

I have been in this business full time for nearly 30 years now. I have known many traders. The majority of them were only in the business a relatively brief time. Most of these left because they lost money but some left because, even thought they were making money trading, they couldn't stand the constant frustration traders experience.
This post is about the frustrations that market fluctuations generate for a trader and how to deal with them. My message is a simple one: be content with what is possible.
Markets move up and down, sometimes quite violently. People tend to evaluate their trading performance not simply in terms of profit and loss but also in terms of how much money they could have made had they been able to catch a substantial part of most of the market's up and down swings. In fact, I have known profitable traders who were constantly frustrated and unhappy because they felt that they had left so much money on the table.
Put simply, this is crazy behavior. What basis do you have for thinking you can catch a substantial part of the market's many swings? Sure, in hindsight everything is obvious and we can see how we might have become gazillionaires.
But we cannot trade the past. We can only make profits betting on the future. And people who bet on future price fluctuations must necessarily rely on very, very cloudy crystal balls. So as a practical matter you should count yourself fortunate indeed if you consistently capture a small part of any given market swing.
What does this mean for you? It means that you should be focused on one thing and one thing only when evaluating your trading record. Have you been making consistent profits or not? Forget about how much you might have made - those sort of calculations are not in the realm of what's possible. What's possible is steady, month-by-month, quarter-by quarter profitability. Some people can achieve higher rates of return on their capital than others, but so what? Don't worry about what other people do. Focus only on what you can do based on your market knowledge and trading skills.
I had a friend who was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and later a member of the Singapore exchange. He had a profit goal he aimed for each year. When he reached it he stopped trading for the rest of the year. It didn't matter whether it took him two months or six months or eleven months to reach his goal. When he reached it he stopped.
For him trading was just a way to make a good living, not a test of his value as a person or an affirmation that he was smarter than everyone else. This is an example of sane behavior in a business where various forms of insanity are the rule, not the exception.

SANPOT said...

This story applies to all our present day politicians and beauroucrats whose insatiable greed is leading to the ruin of themselves and the whole country.

Mukesh Singh said...

Whats use of these stories when one can not honour his own words. Hats off to nanjil, who was not happy so he never commented after that. But some people were told by Mr.Ilango on repeated times in last 3 yrs, pls do not come back here. They so called self respected people also promised that i will not peep here but again n again they want to impress us by their trades though others never reply these fake fisheris.

sometimesbullsometimesbear said...

gkm why another chance? The chance is "NOW" Enjoy the "NOW" and more enjoyment will follow.

Everybody should enjoy as long as their enjoyment is not a nuisance for somebody else, for u cannot enjoy by hurting others.

This story is about being miserly, eyeing others wealth or wealth that does not rightfully belong to u, and senseless accumulation of wealth without the knowledge of how to use it.

Accumulation of wealth is a good thing to do as long as it is done truthfully with the understanding that one is just a custodian of that wealth (Narayana Murthy) as well as with the understanding that wealth is meant to be shared also with those who (all species) are in dire need of it for their survival, upkeep, and enjoyment.

Parimal said...

Why 'the part' remained unfilled? probable answer can be, to evoke deepest and most critical of the queries, what else! and such a query could bring about rarest of the wisdoms which no amount of money can beget.

Prabakar said...

Dear Ilango Sir, Jay Mam and JN Family,

My Heartfelt wishes to 4th Anniversary of our JUST NIFTY blog/Family.

how come everyone forgot the Anniversary of our JN.

KRISHNASWAMY N said...

Excellent story though small .... contention is more important.
Wish u gud luck

Dinesh Rishi said...
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Dinesh Rishi said...

Prabhakar

Thanks for reminding.

Wishing Just Nifty a Very Happy Anniversary.
Lets Stroll down the memory lane

1st

IInd

IIrd

Kumar Technicals said...

Dear ILango sir & all of us!

Happy Blog Anniversary......May God bless all of us good health & healthy wealth in coming years:)

https://picasaweb.google.com/102551283744326562794/July152012#5765407465500611458

Parimal said...

Dear Master and all good friends
happy anniversary of this great blog. may God bless the Master and all its readers.

The great sage Patanjali, the author of Yogasutra said: santosad-anuttamah sukha-labhah (contentment bestows one with unmatchable experience of bliss and joy).

SJkolkata said...

Dear Master,
I bow to you and congratulate for the anniversary. I am so unhappy that I had missed the 3 and 1/2 years without following the blog.
This is just a great family with all veterans doing selfless service.
I would like to share my comments too but feel shy in front of the the greats who are already part of the family.
Would like to make myself capable and see as a contributor to this great family.
Regards,

Dinesh Rishi said...

Kumar Sir,

your link broken
it says

Sorry, that page was not found.

JEEVAN said...

Dear Ilango ji and JN family.

Happy Blog Anniversary.

This Blog is like BHAGAWAD GITA for traders.
Each Label is like ADHYAYA of this BHAGAWAD GITA.

I salute to your dedicated work towards JN family. Sir, Please keep it up. We need your guidance at every step in our life with your trading and spiritual writeups.

Wish you Good Luck.

Many Regards.

Kumar Technicals said...

Dear D R Sir!

Thanx for informing, actually i tried 1st time to post photo thru that link. Perhaps i have to learne more, anyway i uploaded same good wishes card in my post so posting here again thru this link:

http://intradaymovers.blogspot.in/2012/07/nifty-outlook-dt15072012.html#comment-form

Happy Blog Anniversary to ILango sir & all of us:)

u.k.Raj said...

Very Happy Blog Anniversary.

Manish said...

Dear Master

Wish you Happy Fourth Anniversary for the "JN".

gauresh59 said...

Pranam Gurudeve......

Today on this occasion of Anniversary of Just Nifty Blog…

Many Many Happy Returns of Just Nifty

I have no words to express my happiness for providing me the place in your heart for learning.

ज्ञानशक्तिसमारूढः तत्त्वमालाविभूषितः ।
भुक्तिमुक्तिप्रदाता च तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to that noble Guru, who is established in the power of knowledge, adorned with the garland of various principles and is the bestower of prosperity and liberation.

San said...

Happy Fourth Anniversary for JUST NIFTY and Ilango Sir.

Thanks for your teachings and efforts to make us better traders SIR.

vksoni said...

ilango sir
sadar charan sparsh
happy aniversary to Jn blog

satheesh said...

Namaste Ilango sir and all,

Happy Anniversary to JUST NIFTY and my Pranams to Sir.

Sandy said...

Ilango Congrats on Blog Anniversary! Regards to the greatest ever handholder of Indian Trading community!

Yogesh Zanjad said...

just nifty good achievement in short time

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