Subba’s Serendipitous moments

June 4, 2008

Faith gives us a new vision

Filed under: Learning,Perspective — Subbaraman Iyer @ 4:06 am
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A group of working adults got together to visit their  University lecturer.

The lecturer was happy to see them. Conversation  soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

The Lecturer  just smiled and went to the kitchen to get an assortment of cups – some  porcelain, some in plastic, some in glass, some plain looking and some looked  rather expensive and exquisite.

The Lecturer offered his former  students the cups to get drinks for themselves.

When all the students  had a cup in hand with water, the Lecturer spoke: “If you noticed, all the  nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap  ones. While it is normal that you only want the best for yourselves, that is  the source of your problems and stress. What all you wanted was water, not the  cup, but we unconsciously went for the better cups.”

“Just like in  life, if Life is Water, then the jobs, money and position in society are the  cups. They are just tools to hold/maintain Life, but the quality of Life  doesn’t change.”

“If we only concentrate on the cup, we won’t have time  to enjoy/taste the water in it.”

“Faith gives us a new vision of the  world. Without it we see only the darker side of life. We are still slaves. It  is faith which liberates us and makes us see the Spirit of power and love at  work in our  lives.”

April 27, 2008

Does God exist?

Filed under: Inspiration,Perspective,Stories — Subbaraman Iyer @ 9:11 pm
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A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.

As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation.

They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they
eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: “I don’t believe
that God exists.”

“Why do you say that?” asked the customer.

“Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist.
Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be
abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain.
I can’t imagine loving a God who would allow all of these things.”

The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t
want to start an argument.

The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left
the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and
an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and un-kept.

The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to
the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”

“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a
barber. And I just worked on you!”

“No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there
would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man

“Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is, people do not come to me.”

“Exactly!”- affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist!
What happens, is, people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him. That’s
why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”

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June 5, 2007

Belief and Faith

Filed under: Inspiration,Perspective,Stories — Subbaraman Iyer @ 9:35 pm
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There was a tightrope walker, who was so good that he could walk between two twenty stories building on a tight rope with a balancing pole. Thousands of people would watch him perform his breathtaking feat. After he walked across the building he would have his assistant sit on his shoulder and he would proceed to walk across the building. Everybody were amazed and gave him a thunderous applause.

He asked them whether they believed that he could do it again. The crowd said, “Yes, we believe that you can!” After a while he asked the crowd again, “Now, who wants to volunteer to get on my shoulder?”
With that the crowd became silent.


There is a difference between Believe and Faith. We can believe what we see. In the above story, the crowd believed in the tightrope walker because they saw him perform the feat. But when he asked them “Who wants to get on my shoulder?” everyone was silent. You see, the crowd had Belief but they did not have Faith. This story clearly illustrates the difference between belief and having faith.

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