The flute player and the villagers

Once upon a time in distant land in India, there was a village. The villagers made their living mostly through farming. The crops were in abundance and they never faced any issues. Years went by and everyone lived very happily.

One of the monsoons the villagers had sown their crops and waiting for the rain. But this year there was no sign of rain. Villagers started getting worried and one of the wise men suggested, they go to the musician in the village. He can play flute to make “Rain God” happy and soon there will be rain.

Villagers flocked at the flute player’s home. The flute player agreed to play “Raga Megh Malhar” to make the “Rain God” happy. The power of music was astonishing and villagers were happy, as they hoped, this would play the trick, the “Rain God” would be happy soon. The musician kept playing, but there was no result.

The flute player started getting impatient and soon and lost his hope. He stopped playing and went back to his home. The villagers now had lost their hope as well. The flute player was their last hope and now they were left with no hope at all.

One sunny morning the villagers happened to meet a stranger passing through their village. He had flute and seemed quite a happy looking man. Looking at his flute the villagers decided to give a last try. They requested him to play “Raga Megh Malhar” to make the Rain God happy. The stranger gave smile and agreed to help the villagers.

The stranger started playing his flute, he was not an expert but he still had the sweetness and melody to enchant everyone. Time went by, but still there was no rain. The stranger never stopped he went on and on. Soon there came a day when the “Rain God” was happy and started showering over the village.

Villagers admired the stranger and thanked him for saving the village. But then the villagers were curious to know, while the other flute player in the village also did his best, why couldn’t he make the “Rain God” happy. The stranger smiled and said, the only thing I did was “kept playing the music until there was rain”.

The story leads to a very bare truth about life and that is most of the time in life people quit, when they are very close to success. People tend to forget that, for each one of us there is a unique journey and definite destiny. People tend to believe in all other things outside, but themselves. It’s the faith in self, that you are God’s unique creation and you have a definite purpose. It is this belief that has created those personalities that, we always aspire to become. The only key is not to quit believing in self.

“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”
― Isaac Newton

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
― Thomas A. Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.”
― Thomas A. Edison

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