January 13, 2017 2 Comments
One day, Sage Narada came to Mount Kailas, a mango in his hand. Kartikeya’s eyes widened when he saw the mango; Ganesha’s mouth watered. “Who is it for?” they asked in unison. “It is for Shiva’s better son,” replied Narada, a mischievous glint in his eye. Parvati realized what Narada was up to: the cunning sage had taken upon himself the impossible task of making parents choose a favorite child.
All eyes turned to Shiva. “Better son? What’s that?” Shiva wondered, “Sons are sons. Some are older, some are younger. Some are taller, some are fatter. Some are stronger, some are smarter. How can one be better?”
“Here is how,” said Narada, “You create a measuring scale. He who measures better is the better son.” Shiva looked at Narada not quite understanding what was said. So Narada elaborated, “Well, creating a measuring scale is easy. You can say that my measuring scale is obedience – he who is more obedient is the better son. Or you can say that my measuring scale is money – he who makes more money is the better son. Or you can say that my measuring scale is achievement – he who can do the impossible is the better son.” Read more of this post