A daughter went to her father and said…“I won’t be going to the temple anymore..”


Father: “May I ask why”?


Daughter: “When I go there all I see is people on their mobile phones during service and bhajans. Some are gossiping, some are not living with integrity. They are all just hypocrites…”


Father (thoughtful), and then: “OK… may I ask you to do something for me before you make your final decision?”


The daughter said: “Yes.. what’s that?”


Father: “Please take a glass of water and walk around the temple twice, but you must not let any water fall out the glass”.


Daughter: “Yes… I can definitely do that”.


After 15 minutes… she came back and said, “It’s done. Not a single drop of water fell down”.


Father asked her 3 questions:


  1. Did you see anybody on their phone?
  2. Did you see anybody gossiping?
  3. Was anybody living without integrity?
Daughter: “I didn’t see anything. I was focused on the glass and the water within… making sure the water didn’t spill”.


Father: “When you go to the temple, this is what you should do. Simply focus, think and connect with God”.


My darling friends, in these troubled times, a few of us may see and experience a lot of things around that frustrates and disturbs us. I understand. I completely understand.


However, I am inspired by many who are absolutely focused on helping those who need help. They refuse to get distracted by who is wrong and how wrong they are. Hats off to them. These people in turn deserve all the help that you and I can provide.


If you are already one such person, here is a BIG virtual hug for you. And a heartfelt ‘Thank YOU’. May the good wishes of people you help, last you this entire lifetime.


With love, prayers and exceptional wishes,

As I live…I learn


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  1. Ritwika Marar May 4, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    This is one of the finest read in recent time

    1. admin May 5, 2021 at 11:31 am

      Thanks for your kind words. Ritwika

  2. Rajesh A Doshi May 4, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Very well explained

  3. Dr. Vyankatesh Lokre, May 5, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Beautiful story. It needs maximum circulation.

    1. admin May 5, 2021 at 11:32 am

      Thanks for your kind words.
      Vyankatesh Lokre

  4. Gautam Lunawat May 5, 2021 at 10:53 am


    1. admin May 5, 2021 at 11:33 am

      I am so glad this LSM resonated with you. A salute back to you darling.

  5. Veena Patwardhan May 5, 2021 at 10:55 am

    A big thank you Naren!
    I am not a believer. But the way you have connected the story to Covid times and people working with devotion is beautiful!
    With a Sincere salute!

    1. admin May 5, 2021 at 11:39 am

      You are very kind. I am so glad this LSM resonated with you. A salute back to you my friend.

  6. Shraddha Ashok Waghmare. May 5, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Thanku sir for all the mindful motivation and inspiration for the young minds.
    “You Change and the Change will Follow You. “

    1. admin May 5, 2021 at 11:41 am

      I am so glad this LSM resonated with you.

  7. DAKSHA KERING May 5, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Thank-you so much for amazing life lesson

    1. admin May 5, 2021 at 11:39 am

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  8. TAUHIDA CHIKODI May 5, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Once the seed of faith takes root, it cannot be blown away, even by the strongest wind. Now that’s a blessing – Rum

  9. Ankita Agrawal May 5, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Such a beautiful way to make kids stay focussed and keep faith in GOD !! Also inspire people to help each other in difficult times.

    1. Narendra Goidani May 7, 2021 at 9:30 am

      Dear Ankita,

      Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that you found it useful.

  10. Priti taneja May 5, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    U r a gud Insipirator, motivator nd a good teacher. Keep on sending these kind of stories especially in low moods.

    1. Narendra Goidani May 7, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Dear Priti,

      We are glad that it could help you. To keep receiving such inspirational messages each Tuesday, do subscribe to our mailer list.

  11. P. Krishnakant May 5, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Wow, what a story sir!, simply focus, focus and focus…

  12. Harshad Doshi May 5, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Dear Naren
    Some time some decisions does not got applied so easily after years of practice and become part of mind ( One day I will ) and it only happens through such message. One such kick is more than enough.
    I will focus on what I have to do and not on what people around me are doing.
    Thank you so much.

    1. Narendra Goidani May 7, 2021 at 9:26 am

      We are glad Harshad that the LSM resonated with you. Do subscribe to our mailer to keep getting such kicks.

  13. Dr. Harpreet Raman Bahl May 7, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Naren ji
    You made my day. Migrating to Canada has been hard and what was haunting was MISSING INDIA AND EVERYTHING ABOUT INDIA though Canada is a beautiful country and Government is really caring and kids are enjoying quality of life here. So, your quote today was inspiring as I used to complain about extreme winters here, NOW I WILL NEVER COMPLAIN AND EMBRACE WHERE ALMIGHTY IS KEEPING ME.
    Loads of prayers

    1. Narendra Goidani May 7, 2021 at 9:22 am

      Dearest Harpreet,

      And YOU made my day. So glad the LSM resonated with you. You are there because something NEEDS you there. All the best.


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