The Minister and the dogs

Value- Right Conduct, Love

Sub value- Gratitude, compassion

king and minister

There was a ruthless whimsical  king  who had 10 wild dogs in cages which were strong enough to rip apart a human being. The  punishment in the kingdom as ordered by the king, was the person who committed a crime or unpardonable mistake would be thrown into the cage of the wild dogs. The king kept the dogs fierce and hungry by not feeding and torturing them.

Once it so happened that one of the minister’s once gave an opinion which was wrong, or which the king didn’t like at all, being ruthless and egotistic the king ordered that the minister be thrown to the dogs.

The minister who had to face this situation beseeched the king
“I served you 10 years and you treat me like this..?

Please give me 10 days before you throw me in with those dogs!
The king agreed much to ministers surprise!

In those 10 days the minister befriended the  guard who was in-charge  of the dogs and  told him that he wanted  to look after the the dogs for the next 10 days…

The guard was baffled but he agreed.
The wise minister started feeding the  fierce dogs, bathing  them, playing with  them, walking them  and slowly training them by loving them.

Soon 10 days were up…

The king wanted his orders to be obeyed and  the minister be thrown in to the dogs for his punishment.

Thats exactly what happened , the minister was thrown into the cage with the wild dogs.

Everyone was amazed at what they saw..
They saw the dogs licking the feet of the minister!

The king baffled at what he saw wondered aloud:” what happened to the dogs ?”

The minister then said;”I served the dogs for 10 days and they didn’t forget my service…Though I served you for 10 years  sincerely and selflessly ; you forgot all at my first mistake!”…

The king realized his mistake and ordered the minister to go free.


This is a lesson to all those who forget the good in others as soon as a problem arises. Let us not wipe out the history that is filled with good because of a small incident we didn’t like. Always remember the good done to you.


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