All Original Inspirational Short Stories and Metaphors
All our Spiritual Stories are completely original and compelling to read. These Spiritual Stories and Metaphors are Designed for Adults and Teenage Children alike, these short inspirational stories teach us valuable life lessons, and help us understand our experience of being human.
Some Of Our Most Compelling Stories
The Horse & Butterfly
A Beautiful tale illustrating the prison’s we create within our minds
The One Bad Apple
How focusing on the one bad apple in our lives can have disastrous effects
The Four Trees
A Short Story of How we can all learn to Live Happy and Content just to be
A Monk & The Cricket
A Monk teaches a little cricket the art of meditation
The Grumpy Old Man
A story of how kindness can go along way in helping others.
The Cursed Little Boy
A Tale of anger and its consequences
Our Latest Inspirational Short Story or Metaphor
A Journey of Self-Discovery
The Five Aggregates Analogy:
Once upon a time, in a peaceful village nestled between rolling hills, lived a curious traveler named Arial. Arial was known far and wide for her insatiable quest for understanding the mysteries of life.
She had heard whispers of a wise sage living atop the tallest hill, and she set out on a journey to seek his wisdom.
After days of traveling through lush forests and serene meadows, Arial finally reached the foot of the hill. With each step up the steep path, her anticipation grew. At last, she stood before the sage, a venerable old man with eyes that seemed to hold the secrets of the universe.
Arial bowed respectfully and asked, “O wise sage, I seek to understand the nature of myself and the world. Can you guide me?”
The sage smiled kindly and beckoned Arial to sit. He began his tale:
“Imagine, dear Arial, that a skilled craftsman is commissioned to build a magnificent chariot. He gathers the finest wood, strong wheels, and precious decorations. When assembled, it is called a ‘chariot,’ but is it really a single, unchanging entity?“
Arial pondered this and replied, “Well, it’s made up of various parts, each contributing to its function and appearance.”
“Exactly,” nodded the sage. “Similarly, what we often perceive as a ‘self‘ is a combination of five aggregates, each with its own role and impermanence.”
Intrigued, Aria listened as the sage elaborated:
1. Form (Rupa): Just as the chariot’s physical structure gives it shape, our bodies and the physical world around us are the forms we interact with. However, like the wood that can decay and the wheels that can break, the form is subject to change.
2. Feeling (Vedana): The charioteer’s response to the road’s bumps and turns reflects our feelings – pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. Our experiences are colored by these feelings, but they, too, come and go.
3. Perception (Sanna): When the charioteer recognizes the terrain ahead, it’s a form of perception. Our minds label and identify objects, people, and experiences. Just like the charioteer’s understanding of the road, our perceptions can be misleading or incomplete.
4. Mental Formations (Sankhara): The charioteer’s decisions, strategies, and actions resemble our mental formations – thoughts, intentions, and habits. Just as the charioteer’s choices steer the chariot, our mental formations guide our actions.
5. Consciousness (Vinnana): As the charioteer’s awareness of the surroundings guides his decisions, consciousness is our awareness of the world. Our consciousness arises in response to the interplay of the other aggregates.
Arial sat in contemplation, absorbing the wisdom of the sage’s words. The analogy of the chariot and the five aggregates painted a vivid picture of the impermanent nature of the self and the interconnectedness of all things.
With gratitude, Arial bid farewell to the sage and descended the hill, her heart brimming with newfound understanding. She realized that just as the craftsman shapes the chariot, she had the power to shape her understanding of self and the world.
And so, she continued her journey, not in search of answers, but in a dance of exploration and discovery, much like the eternal dance of the five aggregates within her being.
And thus, the story of Arial and the sage’s wisdom lived on, inspiring generations to look beyond the surface and explore the depths of existence.
Author: Dhamma Tāpasā*
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*Dhamma Tāpasā is a fully trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. Now a Life Changing and inspirational Positive Coach, Mindfulness Trainer, Published Author and the creator of The Thrive & Revive 35 A Mind Training Challenge
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Descriptions of our inspirational Short Spiritual Stories & Metaphors
The Two Arguing Tigers is a simple and sweet Short Moral story of the heaven and hell that exists within our own minds. Carefully written by wandering Monk Dhamma Tāpasā
This is an original moral tale never before published. Bought to you by Dhamma Tapasa this is a short story on impermanence and living contently.
A simple sweet Short Moral tale demonstrating how our consciousness can be like that of a little grasshopper.
A short moral story, on the consequences of how anger can cause deep emotional scars that may take many years to heal or be covered over.
A simple bedtime tale of how to live more contently in life, how to slow down and smell the roses.
A longer Moral Story on how humans perceive the world through our 6 senses, known in Buddhism as the six sense doors.
How we perceive ourselves is the moral of this short moral story. A peacock grows up believing he is a chicken, until one day all that changes
A simple tale of the prisons we create within our own minds. Never before published.
An original Moral story never before published about stealing and how the polar bears came to be at the North Pole.
An Original Dhamma Tāpasā short story on Karma and it’s consequences. The transformation of a soldier man.
Never before published Moral story on our Fears. Fear can compel us to do some remarkable things but also has the power to cripple our thinking. Learn to change yours
Moral tale demonstrating that what we think we become. Feeding anger and hatred will only make it stronger. Feeding positivity and kindness instead
Dhamma Tāpasā, explains with great clarity the workings of our mind and how inner speech can cause all of life’s problems, creating our anger, anxiety, depression and hatred our inner speech can cause us great torment and much suffering.
A simple apology of how our minds operate using a racing car and it’s driver as the simile.
Never before published story on meditation and how the little cricket learns about his mind.
A short story on the principles of the monkey mind, a Buddhist term used for the untrained mind and it’s wanderings.
A beautiful simple and sweet Moral Story, of how it can be that we focus too hard on the negative in life and forget about all the wonderful positives we already have. A compelling Original Story by Dhamma Tāpasā
A Short inspirational tale of The Two Zebra’s who have changed their lifestyle from the normal herd and seek spiritual enlightenment. This story we learn how to let go!
All-Original Buddhist Moral Story. “I Hate My Boss & The Poison” a story of revenge and peculiarity. This story will engage with your imagination and impart wisdom.