About Wellsprings

This site is a cluster of wellsprings. Wellsprings of heartwarming anecdotes, stirring stories, age-old fables, epic tales, mythical musings, good deeds, life's lessons, inspiring insights, and much more. None of these are our own but they have something for all of us. That's why we have taken the liberty of putting them together, acknowledging the source or the author wherever we could.

  • A farmer saved a repuboc

    Even two thousand five hundred years ago, Rome was a republic. The people elected their rulers. In times of peace the common people lived as farmers. They turned into soldiers when necessary.…

  • The last sacrifice in the colosseum

    In AD 80 Rome saw the opening of a huge amphitheatre, known as the colosseum. For almost four centuries this became the foremost place of enjoyment for the Romans. Bloody sports took…

  • Walking on water

    Once a man came to Ramkrishna. He was a great yogi. And he declared the same thing to Ramkrishna. He said, “Can you walk on the water? I can.”  And Ramkrishna laughed…

  • Simple thinking

    A certain man who was fond of studying all kinds of systems of thought wrote to a Dervish Master, Abdul-Aziz of Mecca, asking whether he could talk to him in order to…

  • Saving from peril

    Hasan of Basra relates: ‘I had convinced myself that I was a man of humility and less than humble in my thoughts and conduct to others. ‘Then one day I was standing…

  • Spirituality

    Hasan came upon Rabia one day when she was sitting among several contemplators, and said, “I have the capacity of walking on water. Come, let us both go on to that water…

  • The teacher

    A man came to Bahaudin Shah and said, “First I followed this teacher and then that one. Next I studied these books and then those. I feel that although I know nothing…

  • The real and the ideal

    When a Zen master was weeping at the funeral of his favourite disciple, a young monk who saw him took him to task, saying, “I would have thought that you were beyond…

  • The song of eternity

    A monk was walking in the monastery grounds one day when he heard a bird sing. He listened, spellbound. It seemed to him that never before had he heard, but really heard,…

  • Unanswered prayer

    In ancient India much store was set by the Vedic rites, which were said to be so scientific  in their application that when the sages prayed for rain there was never any…