There was once a famous Russian actor and musician, Peter Mamonov.
Despite his fame he remained modest and accessible for the common people.
When a journalist once asked him how he managed to keep a cool head and not become proud of his fame, he answered with a story.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalemm all the town’s people honored him by fanning him with green palm leaves and throwing flowers from their houses.
They cried “hallelujah” and worshiped him with all their hearts.
Seeing all this worship the donkey who carried Jesus felt extremely proud and started to bray: “Finally you all recognized my true glory. I always knew that the people of Jerusalem are intelligent enough.
Jesus on the other hand thought – It is not me, that the people worship- it is the mercy of the Lord, that has been bestowed upon me, and that I carry – which they find wonderful.
( Story told by Sacinandana Swami )
Moral of the story:
We all carry divine gifts.
Every one of us has a talent bestowed to him/her from above.
The moment we discover and unpack it, people will be inspired.
But let us not make the mistake of the donkey and claim the glorification for ourselves.
It goes to the ones who gave us the gift and invested into our lives.
That’s why we start and end every undertaking by saying:
All glories to Sri Krishna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
We should wish to remain a modest and humble person and remember that whatever is good in me is a divine gift from Krishna.
I pray that we do not commit the mistake of the donkey.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
PS: I humbly request all the devotees to please forward and share this moral / instructive stories they hear so that everyone can be benefited by hearing about Krishna and his dear devotees.