The bird which interpreted dreams

Value- Non Violence

Sub value- Positive Thoughts

A young farmer, named Raju worked hard on his land from dawn to dusk. One evening, as Raju rested under the shade of a banyan tree on one end his farm, before heading back home, a royal herald rode by announcing that whoever could interpret the king’s dream would receive 100 gold coins.

King dreaming

The king had seen a sneering jackal trying to jump on to his lap. “If only I knew the answer,” muttered Raju to himself. “I’ll tell you, provided you give me half the reward Raju” said a little bird sitting atop  the banyan tree. Raju was delighted and agreed to share the reward with the bird. “The jackal symbolizes treachery. Ask the king to be cautious”, said the bird.

Raju conveyed this interpretation to the king and received his reward. “What a pity I have to part with half the reward”, thought Raju. He took a detour, avoiding the bird.

talking bird

 

He invested the money prudently and grew rich. Five years passed. One evening, the king’s general galloped to Raju’s house and called out, “His Majesty has had another dream. He saw a bloody dagger circling his head”. Scared, Raju went in search of the bird on the banyan tree, which had interpreted the earlier dream. As he approached the banyan tree, the familiar voice said, “Will you give me half the reward if I interpret the dream?” Raju promised. The bird said that the dagger represented violence and that the king should be on his guard. This time, Raju won 1000 gold coins. Again, he was in no mood to oblige the bird ,but worried about bird reporting this matter  to the king. So he strolled past the banyan tree, picked up a  stone and hurled it at the bird. Luckily the bird escaped unhurt.

As the years rolled by, Raju forgot all about it, until the king had another dream. This time the king saw a dove on his lap. Once again Raju went to the bird for counsel and was told by the bird, that the dove symbolised peace .Again, Raju was awarded 10,000 gold coins. This time, he surrendered the entire amount to the bird. But the bird had no use for it. “Please tell me that you have pardoned me”, pleaded a repentant Raju.

Said the bird: “On the first occasion there was treachery in the atmosphere and you proved treacherous. The second time there was violence in the air and you were violent. Now there is trust and you have acted accordingly. Few can act according to their inner will”.

Courtesy: Speaking Tree- “Individual will be no match for Mad Mobs’- Manoj Das

Learning

We often get influenced by the people and the environment around us. When we are in the company of positive people we develop positivity; negative people and situations pull us down. So we must seek such company which evokes positivity in us.

Having said that, in reality, we might find ourselves more in adverse situations, circumstances and company. It is here where one needs to have a mind of our own where we are able to handle such situations without getting influenced or overwhelmed. We must train our mind in that direction so that we develop  inner strength to face any situation or challenge.

Prayers, reading of scriptures, spiritual practices and other motivational resources show us the path to developing a positive attitude and the strength to face and accept things which are beyond our control, but it is up to us to internalise those learning’s.

 

Learning

We often get influenced by the people and the environment around us. When we are in the company of positive people we develop positivity; negative people and situations pull us down. So we must seek such company which evokes positivity in us.

Having said that, in reality we might find ourselves more in adverse situations, circumstances and company. It is here where one needs to have a mind of our own where we are able to handle such situations without getting influenced or overwhelmed. We must train our mind in that direction so that we develop the inner strength to face any situation or challenge.

Prayers, reading of scriptures, spiritual practices and other motivational resources show us the path to developing a positive attitude and the strength to face and accept things which are beyond our control, but it is up to us to internalise those learnings.

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