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Chant before doing anything

Once, there was a boy who stayed with his sister on the outskirts of a village. He would cut wood from the nearby forest and buy food for his little sister from the money he made by selling the wood to the villagers. One day, he could not make any money. The boy and his sister had no food to eat. So, he decided that he would go out in the forest and bring back some fruits. As he went down the road, he saw a grapevine. He took his slingshot and shot at the bunch of grapes and missed. Then he saw a guava tree and shot at the guava and missed it.

As he went further, he saw a palm tree with a bunch of coconuts hanging on its trunk. It was getting dark and the boy decided that he would try one last time before returning home. Suddenly he heard a voice, "Chant first, aim high and stay focused." As he focused on the coconut, he saw a tree full of mangoes, which he felt was a better option to shoot at. He lowered his slingshot to aim at the mangoes. As he was doing so, he noticed a rattlesnake between his legs about to bite him. Panic struck him and by reflex action, he aimed to shoot the rattlesnake.

Still, the voice said to him again, "Chant, aim high and stay focused." So, the boy decided to listen to the voice. He chanted, then aimed the slingshot high and shot at the coconuts on the top of the palm tree. As the bunch of coconuts came down, the stone bounced off a coconut and hit the bunch of mangoes, bringing them down. Due to the force of the shot, the slingshot went flying out of the boy's hands and hit the snake in the head, killing it instantly, while the boy got knocked off into a nearby pond. When he stood to look around, he noticed that he had many fish caught in his clothes, and lots of mangoes and coconuts on the ground. The boy was saved from the snake and got more food than he could have imagined, only because he listened to the Divine voice.

Moral: Chant before you do anything. Aim high in spirituality, stay focused on God, and God will take care of you.

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