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Kiran Learns his lesson

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cold water (1)For a marriage to work in this world, it is very difficult. In fact, anything great is difficult; cheap things come easy. –Radhanath Swami

It happened during summer. Kiran was travelling by train, immersed in thought; lately, he and his wife weren’t getting along well.

It was hot and the train stopped at a small wayside station.

“Cold water. 50 paise a glass,” called out a young boy, vending water on the platform.

A merchant travelling in Kiran’s compartment stuck his head out and asked the boy , ” 50 paise is too much. Will you give for 30 paise?”

The boy looked briefly at the man and said “You are not thirsty at all. Had you been thirsty you would not have wasted time, haggling over the price.”

That day Kiran picked up a valuable lesson. If you want something badly enough, you must pay the price for it—not just in terms of money—you must be willing to work sincerely and put forth the effort. Only then can your desired goal be achieved. Now he knew what to do with his marital relationship. He had to work hard—invest his time, energy and love—for it to work well. It wasn’t going to come cheap.

  1. September 3, 2013

    vraja manjari

    Thank you Radhanath swami maharaj for this important instruction that we need to make an effort to make married life successful!

  2. September 3, 2013


    Thank you for the instructive lesson

  3. September 3, 2013

    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! Anything you want to achieve involves hard work. It never comes cheap.

  4. September 5, 2013


    Very instructive!

  5. September 6, 2013

    Sada Nandini

    Thank you very much for this wonderful article explaining about importance of keeping our marital relationship with a positive spirit.

  6. September 8, 2013


    For anything to work well we have to put our energy, time and have love for it.

  7. September 11, 2013

    preeti kumari

    He learnt a very instructive lesson though it seems a very causal one Jai !!!!!!!

  8. September 12, 2013


    One is ready to pay any price if we know the value of a thing.

  9. September 16, 2013

    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Very instructive story.” We have to invest time, energy and love for marriage to work well. It wasn’t going to come cheap.”

  10. September 18, 2013

    Ravi Garg

    The short story teaches such beautiful lesson…..thanks

  11. September 19, 2013


    Thanks for sharing.

  12. September 23, 2013

    deepak bagla

    excellent article, thanks for sharing

  13. September 24, 2013

    Prajakta Timbe

    Amazing purport from simple story. Quote given by HH Radhanath Swami is very true in real life.

  14. October 6, 2013


    truly a very nice lesson

  15. October 11, 2013

    Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! We have to invest a lot of time and energy into something that we deeply desire!

  16. October 22, 2013

    navin poojary

    True! Our desperate passion for achieving goals determines how focussed we are on our goal

  17. May 22, 2014


    Nice lesson !
    Thank You so much.

  18. June 25, 2016


    Simple & nice lesson! Thank you very much.

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