A Touching Tea Story

I got this real and touching story of tea from a friend. I felt goosebumps on reading this and thought of sharing with you all ๐Ÿ˜Š

A big salute to the tea shop man’s son, our soldiers, teashop man and tea ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

CUP OF TEA A touching story A group of 15 soldiers led by a Major were on their way to the post in Himalayas where they would be deployed for the next 3 months.

The batch who would be relieved waited anxiously.

It was cold winter intermittent snowfall made the treacherous climb more difficult.

If someone could offer a cup of tea. .

the Major thought, knowing it was a futile wish..

They continued for an hour before they came across a dilapidated structure, which looked like a tea shop but locked. It was late in the night.

“No tea boys, bad luck”, said the Major. But he suggested all take some rest there as they have been walking for 3 hours.

“Sir, this is a tea shop and we can make teaโ€ฆ We will have to break the lock”, suggested one soldier.

The officer was in great dilemma to the unethical suggestion but the thought of a steaming cup of tea for the tired solders made him to give the permission.

They were in luck, the place had everything needed to make tea and also packets of biscuits.

The soldiers had tea biscuits and were ready for the remaining journey.

The major thought, they had broken open lock and had tea biscuits without the permission of the owner. They’re not a band of thieves but disciplined soldiers.

He took out a Rs1000/- note from his wallet, placed it on the counter, pressed under sugar container, so that the owner can see.

The officer was now relieved of his guilt.

He ordered to put the shutter down and proceed.

Three months passed, they continued to do gallantly in their works and were lucky not to loose anyone from the group in the intense insurgency situation.

It was time for another team to replace them.

Soon they were on their way back and stopped at the same tea shop which was open and owner was present in the shop.

The owner an old man with meager resources was very happy to greet 15 customers.

All of them had tea and biscuits.

They talked to the old man about his life and experience specially selling tea at such a remote place.

The old man had many stories to tell, replete with his faith in God.

“Oh, Baba, if God is there, why should He keep you in such poverty ?”, commented one of them.

“Do not say like that Sahib ! God actually is there, I got a proof.

3 months ago.”

“I was going through very tough times because my only son had been severely beaten by terrorist who wanted some information from him which he did not have.

I had closed my shop to take my son to hospital. Some medicines were to be purchased and I had no money.

No one would give

me loan for fear of the terrorists.

There was no hope, Sahib”.

“And that day Sahib, I prayed to God for help. And Sahib, God walked into my shop that day.”

“When I returned to my shop, I found lock broken,

I felt I was finished,

I lost whatever little I had.

But

then I saw that God had left Rs 1000/= under the sugar pot.

I can’t tell you Sahib what that money was worth that day.

God exists Sahib. He does.”

The faith in his eyes were unflinching.

Fifteen pairs of eyes met the eyes of the officer and read the order in his eyes clear and unambiguous, “Keep quiet”.

The officer got up and paid the bill.

He hugged the old man and said, “Yes Baba, I know God does exist.

And yes,

the tea was wonderful.”

The 15 pairs of eyes did not miss to notice the moisture building up in the eyes of their officer, a rare sight.

The truth is

Walking on the path of Truth and Compassion, “YOU” can be the messenger of GOD to anyone.

(a true story in Kupwara Sector- J&K)

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In the Lap of Mother Nature ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘ผโ˜•๐ŸŒป

Last week was an amazing one with our field visit to Forbes, Tea Trade Association, Tea Auction centre, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Tetley factory, Tea gardens in Coonoor and nearby and the spectacular Tea Studio.

Welcome to Tea Gardens ๐Ÿ˜Š
Bed of Tea Leaves
Breathing tea, fence can’t stop ๐Ÿ˜‚
Red beauties
Vast and pure affected not by moving clouds ๐Ÿ‘ผ
Fragrant beauty ๐Ÿ˜Š
Elephant: Hi, sweetheart ๐Ÿ˜œ
Teas and Trees
Tea tasting at Tea Studio

With the wonderful start, I say joyfully,

Miles and miles to go with Tea

Among the gardens, hills, villages, and cities

Enjoying the warmth energy of tea ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜•

Illusions by Mind

Positive energy and negative energy are just illusions created by the mind. Relaxing and focusing within and feeling the energy oneself, negativity and positivity will disappear. Just be gentle, don’t push hard, accept the irritation felt in body and breath when facing a difficult situation, person, or places. No need to resist, just watch, experience it and turn attention within the heart slowly, slowly, gently with deep mindful breathing. That particular difficulty is a beautiful opportunity to experience the self, use it wisely. Bath in the blissful water of self. Bathe in the effulgence of self. Enjoy the bliss. It is here in the heart, it’s experienced in this moment. It’s the source of all energies. It’s the light of all lights. It’s me, it’s you. We all are it, it only….. feel it, enjoy it, be it dear ones ๐Ÿ˜Š

Enjoy the soulful music….

Heaven in Heart

Lord has arranged everything for us

Just slow the pace and focus on the moment

Heaven is here in solitude

Among the crowd, solitude can be felt if searched within

No need to go out to find the bliss

Going out, searching, finding, and getting attached,

Then missing, getting sad if lost all are play of mind

Dear intellect, befriend the mind, show it the heaven within

With a friendly mind, it’s simpler than simplest

For when mind dissolves in heart, bliss is experienced

Wishing blissful moments always my dears ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sri Gurubhyo Namaha

Lord Dakshinamoorthi – Lord Siva’s form of knowledge giver

Hearty salutations to my dearest guru,

Who is guiding me all through life

Residing and always guiding from the heart

Present in, present out, up and down and around

While I live in the illusive world created by this great magician,

Lord guides to walk through the illusion

In that light, everything shines

Thankfully heart chants om namah shivaya ๐Ÿ˜Š

Nature’s Child ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m a little girl most times

And I love sitting on the lap of nature,

Enjoying and wondering about her works

Tea is new wonder, she welcomed me into

Niligiris, Assam, Darjeeling, Sri Lankan,

Indonesian, Kenyan, Malawi

I tasted them with wondrous joy

Mother nature’s magic in each tea leaves

With altitudes, seasons, soil and plant type,

She creates the magic in each teas

She plays with palette of colours and,

Chemical compounds in each leaf

And I experience her magic on my palate

Sitting on her lap, like a little girl,

I enjoy her magic show on tea leaves

My Joyous meeting with White Tea

White tea with Wild rose petals – White Tea from Sancha Tea Boutique

Like a fresh dew drop from rose petal,

It touched my tongue

Tender aroma of white tea linked with rose,

Danced on my palate

I absorbed the calmness of tender tea buds

My senses now are fresh as the rose

Nectar of Lord’s Love

Drinking the sweet nectar of bliss I am,

On remembering and mentally chanting thou name my lord

Feeling the secure embrace and warmth from within

In my lord’s love, I am dissolving to realise there is no me left

Om namo narayanaya ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™โค

Invisible hand of Love

Wherever I’m, lord is surrounding me

My beloved never ever leave me alone

Whenever I feel what next,

Lord’s caring hand appear in one form or another

No words are enough to thank the beloved,

Who is always in the hearts of all ๐Ÿ˜Š