An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Award winning corn

This is a very nice and interesting story sent by my dear friend, Jeshi. It has a great learning principle, which is also enshrined in the 9th principle of the Arya Samaj (and a good lesson for kids and adults): “Each should not be content with one’s own welfare but should seek and regard own progress as part of the progress of those around oneself.”

There was a farmer who grew superior quality and award-winning
corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won
honour and prizes. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and
learnt something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter
discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbours.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your
neighbours when they are entering corn in competition with yours each
year?” the reporter asked.” Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know?
The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field
to field. If my neighbours grow inferior, sub-standard and poor quality
corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If
I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn.”

The farmer gave a superb insight into the connectedness of life.
His corn cannot improve unless his neighbours’ corn also improves. So it
is in other dimensions! Those who choose to be at harmony must help
their neighbours and colleagues to be at peace, those who choose to live
well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured
by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help
others to find happiness for the welfare of each is bound up with the
welfare of all.

If we are to grow good quality corn, we must help our neighbours
grow good quality corn too….

Only way to grow in an Organisation is – to grow along with
others and not grow at the cost of others !!

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go
beyond them into the limits of the impossible !!!

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