Inspirational Stories About Wisdom That Will Make You More Intelligent
Inspirational Stories About Wisdom: Wisdom has played an important part in human evolution. Our ancestors spent years adapting to their ever-changing environment. Wisdom is important because it provides you the practical knowledge and habits that give you the best chance for success and Happiness in your life. Wisdom helps us make wise choices and reduces suffering.
Wisdom helps you build steady relationships. It equips you to be a friend who offers godly counsel and influence. Thus wisdom helps us at every step in life. These inspirational stories about wisdom are perfect for kids of all ages. We hope these bedtime wisdom stories will educate as well as entertain your child!
1. The Story of Foolish Monkeys And A Gardner
This story is taken from Jataka Tales. Jataka tales describe the previous births of Lord Buddha. This story tells that why you should never seek the favor of a foolish person. Because even the meritorious work of an unskilled and foolish person causes sorrow. Once Lord Buddha was traveling in the Kosala kingdom. On reaching the hut of a poor man, the homeowner invited him to eat food. After the meal, Lord started walking in the garden near the cottage.
Suddenly he looked at a place where there was neither a tree nor any kind of grass. On asking, the Gardner said that when trees were being planted, a foolish child uprooted the trees and gave water to the roots and drains their roots, due to which all the trees were ruined. The Lord laughed and said, “The foolish boy has not destroyed the garden for the first time. He had done the same in his previous birth.”
On expressing curiosity, he told the story of his previous birth. Once in the kingdom of King Brahmadatta of Kashi, a big festival was happening in the city. The king’s gardener also wished to visit the city to see the festivities, but he was responsible for watering the trees. The gardener used to take care of the garden full of rare and beautiful trees and vines daily.
Thinking about who would take care of the garden and plants in his absence, he thought of his monkey friend. That monkey was the leader of the monkeys living in the garden. Somehow once the gardener befriended the leader of the monkeys. He put his problem before the monkey leader and said to him, “Dear Friend, could you please water the plants in the garden with your friends for a day? I am going out on some urgent work.”
How Did The Monkey Help The Gardner
The chief of monkeys happily consented to do this work. When the gardener left, the monkey leader called all the monkeys and explained, “Look friends, today we have to do a great work of charity. All plants and trees have to be watered with great care and wisdom. No tree should remain thirsty. However, water should be given as much as the tree needs, and beware do not waste the water at any cost otherwise there will be a problem of water.”
The monkeys did not understand how to measure the thirst of trees and plants. They asked their leader – then the wise monkey replied, “Trees drink water from their roots. Some have small roots, some have big ones. So you guys first uproot every plant and creeper and see the depth of their roots carefully. The plant which has a deeper root, give it that much water.
After getting the order from their leader, the monkeys took the pots and started irrigating the garden. Now monkeys are monkeys. They first uprooted each plant, measured its roots, and then planted it again and watered it in the same way. Soon they uprooted all the small plants and vines. However, all the monkeys were completely exhausted because of this hard work, but they were satisfied that they had done a good job today.
The next day, when the gardener returned and saw the destruction of the whole garden, he beat his head and exhaled deeply, and said, “Someone has rightly said – A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.”
Moral of The Story: In order to make this garden-like world a place suitable to live, there is a greater need for people with elevated thinking, not foolish persons. Like the monkey of the gardener, a foolish person only harms the work.
Inspirational Zen Stories About Wisdom And Knowledge
2. Spider: Inspirational Zen Story About Wisdom
A Tibetan story tells of a meditation student who, while meditating in his room, believed he saw a spider descending in front of him. Each day the menacing creature returned, growing larger and larger each time. So frightened was the student, that he went to his teacher to report his dilemma. He said he planned to place a knife in his lap during meditation, so that when the spider appeared he would kill it. The teacher advised him against this plan.
Instead, he suggested, bringing a piece of chalk to meditation, and when the spider appeared, mark an “X” on its belly. Then report back. The student returned to his meditation. When the spider again appeared, he resisted the urge to attack it and instead did just what the master suggested. When he later reported back to the master, the teacher told him to lift up his shirt and look at his own belly. There was the “X”.
Moral of The Story: Always look at yourself first.
3. True Self: A Zen Story About Wisdom
A distraught man approached the Zen master. “Please, Master, I feel lost, desperate. I don’t know who I am. Please, show me my true self!” But the teacher just looked away without responding. The man began to plead and beg, but still, the master gave no reply. Finally giving up in frustration, the man turned to leave. At that moment the master called out to him by name. “Yes!” the man said as he spun back around. “There it is!” exclaimed the master.
Moral of The Story: Never forget about your ‘true self’… never give up on it too easily. You need to be patient with yourself and only then you could know who you really are.