Short Stories

Short Eastern Stories written by Prabhuji

The King’s Finger

A long time ago, in the south of the Himalayas, the great Maharaja of those lands received a visit from an ambassador from the kingdom of North Mathura, who brought him a beautifully handcrafted sword as a gift. While the monarch was delighting in the sword’s splendid...

Fury and Sadness

Fury and Sadness stepped into a lake to take a bath, leaving their clothes on the shore. Because Fury is hasty and impulsive, she bathed quickly and got out of the water.  As she is also blind, she took the wrong clothes and left, dressed in the clothes of Sadness....

Sleepyhead

There was a very old man lying on the sidewalk deep asleep. The people of the neighborhood commented among themselves that he had been asleep for more than fifty years. They all wondered why he had been sleeping so long, and were unable to find an answer. Finally, the...

The truly happy man

A king wanted to be completely happy. A great sage told him, — “Look, if you want to be happy, you must fit in the shoes of a happy man.” The king commanded his soldiers to go throughout the kingdom and search everywhere. As they met with a resident they asked him,...

Desire

A young disciple approached his spiritual master and offered his humble reverences. After some moments of respectful silence, he said, — “Beloved Master, I practice japa, I attend the pujas, I study and meditate daily, but nothing happens. I would like to know what I...

The blind men and the elephant

A group of blind men used to go for a daily walk in the care of a guide. One day, the guide suggested they all go to the zoo, and the group enthusiastically agreed. The guide asked the blind men if they wanted to know what an elephant was, to which they assented...

The cup of water

On the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh, a class on jñana-yoga was taking place.   The master was explaining that the essence of every one of us is divine. In other words, we are God. One of the disciples asked, — “How is it possible that every one of us is God? We...

The dream

The disciple approached a saintly yogi who was completely awakened, to inquire about some aspects of enlightenment and about those who have been fortunate enough to experience it. The disciple asked the Guru: — “Beloved Master, how is it possible that...

The falcon who did not want to fly

A king received a fine gift of two precious falcons.  The monarch delivered both creatures to a falconry to be trained. . After some time, the master of the  falconry informed the King that one of the falcons was flying  majestically in the heights but the other had...

The Inn

A wise sadhu enjoyed great respect throughout the entire kingdom.  Therefore, none of the guards dared to stop him when he entered the palace. Recognizing him, the king greeted the sadhu, asking, —“What is the purpose of your visit, Your Holiness?” The holy man...

The miracle

The pilgrim approached a sadhu who was resting on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar, and told him: —“I heard that you are an enlightened saint who is capable of performing miracles…What miracles can you do…?” The sadhu replied: —” “When I eat… I eat…when I drink…I...

The powerful mantra

A yogi with long hair and a beard lived in a forest in a small hamlet at the bank of a river. He was given food by a simple girl who had great devotion for Lord Sri Sri Radhe Shyam. The girl was a milkmaid, and she gave milk to the yogi every day. After some time, the...