Once a Crow, who was holding on to a piece of meat in his beaks, was looking for a place, to sit and eat the piece peacefully. But concurrently, a flock of Eagles, who were flying alongside him, started chasing him. Upon seeing the eagles, the crow got scared and nervous. He started flying higher and higher to save himself, but to his amazement, the eagles, who were stronger them him, kept following him, and as a result, now his life was under threat.
But just then the godly bird Garuda, noticed the pain and fear, in the eyes of the crow. He came close to the crow and asked.
“What’s wrong, my dear crow? You seem very disturbed and frightened?”
The crow fearfully replied, “Look at these eagles. They are after my life.”
Garuda, being the super-bird full of wisdom replied, “They are not after you. They are after that piece of meat that you are holding tightly, in your beak. Just drop it and see the fun.”
The crow followed the advice of Garuda. He dropped the piece of meat, and lo & behold, all the eagles in a mad rush dived after the falling meat.
Garuda grinned and said, “The Pain is only there till you hold on to something. So just drop that something and get relieved of that pain.”
The crow lifted his wings to salute Garuda and said, “Thank You for the brilliant advice. The moment I dropped the piece of meat I became free. I now can fly, even higher, and that too without tension.”
Moral of the story:
One, People carry a huge burden called “Ego” in themselves, which creates a false sense of identity about oneself. So drop the ego and see the change. You’ll be happy. Two, one gets irritated by others actions or words without looking for a solution. Don’t get angry till you look for a solution as that will conserve your happiness, at least, for some more time. Three, Stop comparing yourself with others it’ll make you happy. Remember a crow cannot become an eagle. Four, drop materialism to be happy—drop that piece of meat.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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