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Once upon a time, there was a saint who was living on the banks of river Ganga. Many people used to come to the river ghat and would take a dip in river Ganga and some would perform rituals, etc. The place was always swarming with people.
One fine day, a family turned up and there were many people in the family. They performed pooja at the bank of the river and decided to visit the saint. Just before they could enter inside the hut of the saint, an argument broke between two people in the family. Since the argument got very heated they did not realize that entered the boundary of the saint’s hut and they were shouting at each other.
The saint and his disciples looked at them and wondered what was happening. The saint was able to calm them down after some time. They all took their seats and settled down. The saint decided to give them some discourse.
The saint turns towards his disciples and asks them, why were the people shouting at each other when they were standing very close to each other? The disciples gave a wide range of answers. One of the disciples told that the anger itself was the reason. Another disciple speculated on the reason behind the quarrel or argument.
After hearing them all, the master or the saint told this, “Look when people are angry towards each other, even though their bodies are near, their hearts grow apart. The distance between their heart is so much that mind tries to bridge that gap by shouting and making the other person hear what one wants to say. That’s why when people are angry, they shout. When people are affectionate towards each other or they are in love, they speak softly and gently. They whisper in each other’s ears because their hearts are very close. They do not have to shout to bridge any gap”.
Everyone in the family and the disciples liked the explanation. They learnt a lesson in affection, love, talking softly and gently.
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