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The Ocean and The Sparrow

Updated on May 17, 2016
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Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.

Frantically searching on the beach here and there,

For someone stole the eggs under her care.

The sparrow was heartbroken beyond compare

Who was the culprit? Where did the eggs disappear?

Grief-stricken sparrow pleaded and cried,

Threatening the ocean, for the last time she tried

“For this heinous crime, your conscience didn’t stop

I vow to dry the ocean till the last drop!”

The ocean laughed and dismissed the threat

A tiny sparrow can’t change his fate!

For he is the ocean, mighty and grand

How could a feeble sparrow in front of him stand?

With love in her heart and determination in spirit,

The sparrow began taking a drop at a time with will made of grit.

She continued and continued against all odds

Her determination was blessed by Garuda, the King of birds.

Garuda commanded the ocean to return the eggs

Fearing the consequences, the ocean obliged and begs.

Determination conquers and pride fails,

In front of love and devotion, ego fails.

Like the eggs, we are drowned in the ocean of pride

Pride, lethargy and egoism has taken its strides.

Humility, love and devotion is what we need to survive

And if we are determined, God Himself will help us revive.

Determination | Thomas & Friends

© 2015 Shaloo Walia

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      Super-excellent use not only of words but rhyme. It also moves and flows with vibrancy and sweetness, as well as light humour, all qualities of the Soul.

      I know this story which you have embellished so nicely. But then we are spiritual brother/Sister, right? Sai Baba, isn't it? Great Being. Hugs. In Love and Light, Swalia.

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      @manatita44 Thank you for your kind words! Spiritual brother/sister for sure! My spiritual master is Sri Sri Ravishankar from Art of Living. From a year or so, I have been a regular at ISKCON too and following the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      The first books I ever read in this field was Meditation: Paths to Tranquility, and The Bhagavad Gita, As It Is, By His Divine Grace, Swami Prabhupada. AC Bhaktividanta. It was September, 1982.

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      @manatita44 'Bhagavad Gita As It is' is amazing with Srila Prabhupada's commentaries on each shloka. I read a few verses from it everyday.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      This story grabbed my attention from the start. Very lovely swalia.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 19 months ago from The Caribbean

      Hooray! A victory for love and determination. It happened for the sparrow, it can happen for us. Beautiful, powerful message.

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      Thank you Missy! This is a mythological tale from our scriptures.

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      Thank you MsDora!We can overcome any adversity only if we are determined. And as the old saying goes, "God helps those who help themselves."

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      B Brian Hill 19 months ago

      A touching story in poetic form. A very big message that you've written very well!

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      Thank you Brian for your kind words!

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      Deb Hirt 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is a wonderful parable through rhyme. Very well done.

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      @avuannovice Thank you!

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