Tuesday, January 27, 2009


An old man was reclining on an easy-chair. His grandson brought the news paper to him. Eager to read the news, he started to search for his spectacles. After a while the child asked what he was searching for. He replied that it was to find his spectacles. Laughing aloud, the child pointed to his face and said, “Grandpa, it is there-right on your face.”

The old man realized that he was searching for his spectacles wearing them on his face.

On a dark night, a man was found to search for some article under the bright light of a street-lamp. Passers-by enquired about it. He replied that he was searching to find a lost needle. They gladly joined him in the search. After sometime they gave up the search as they could not find it. The man told them, “I was sure that you would not find them.” They asked, “Why?” He replied, “That is because I lost the needle on the other side of the road.” “But why did you search here, instead of searching on the other side?” they asked him. He replied calmly, “Simple. There is no light there. But here we have plenty of light.” The people left the place cursing the crazy man.

Man is in continual search for many things-God, peace and joy. But he forgets to find them within him. Jesus taught, “The Kingdom of God is within you” {Luke 17: 21}.

Peace and joy are the results and reflections of a pure and innocent heart. “Happy are the pure in heart, they will see God!” {Matthew 5: 8}. Let us learn to listen to the whisper of our conscience. That is the word of God from within us.

By: Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.

This is story No.98 in this site. Please click ‘older posts’ at bottom of page to read previous stories.

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