And old cat, counting the
beeds, said to the snake, "Now I have given up eating flesh and fish and I
have become a recluse. I have made this my principle that I can attain
salvation after death."
Then an old snake raising
his hood said, "I have also become completely a hermit. I pray to God day
and night. Whatever I get, I can eat that but I do not eat living beings.
I have made this my principle because I want to go near God after death."
One kite was hearing the
talk of these persons by sitting in the nest in the tree.
Opening her feathers she
came down and said to snake and the cat, "I am not less than a hermit. Not
to talk of eating flesh, I do not touch it. I have taken an oath not to
eat flesh. I usually kept myself busy in the prayer of God with my
children and I am spending my time by eating vegetables."
Then a fat rat budging his
moustache came there running from the forest. Seeing the rat, the
cat became restless and she ran towards the rat. The snake also
saw the rat and he also rushed towards his side. Then the kite also
pounced upon the rat. There were three hunters and it was very difficult
for the rat to save himself. Ultimately
he was killed. The principles of the cat, snake and kite have disappeared.
Now all the three started quarrelling on this prey and all of them
were drenched in blood. Men do the same thing and they usually talk
of morals and principles
Dr. Ram Sharma
is working as a Senior Lecturer In English : Janta Vedic College,
Baghpat U.P. ,India