UNESCO has named 2007 International Year of Rumi
The Merchant and his Clever Parrot
There was a merchant who kept a parrot UNESCO has named 2007 International Year of Rumi
The Merchant and his Clever Parrot
There was a merchant who kept a parrot in a cage. Before going to India for business, he asked the parrot if he had any message to send to other parrots in that country, and the parrot asked him to tell them that he was kept prisoned in a cage. The merchant promised to deliver this message, and on reaching India, told the first group of parrots he saw. On hearing the message a parrot died and fell down . The merchant was angry with his parrot for having sent such a deadly message, and on his return home explained angrily his parrot the situation. But as soon as the parrot heard the merchant's story than he too fell down dead in his cage. The merchant, after crying for his death, took his body out of the cage and threw it away; but, to his surprise, the parrot became alive , and flew away, explaining that the Indian parrot had only imitated death to suggest this way of escaping from the cage.
The Man who was Tattooed
It was the custom of the men of Qazwin to have tattoos on their bodies. A really coward man went to the artist to have such a tattoo on his back, and desired that it might be the figure of a lion. But when he felt pain by needles he roared to the artist saying , "What part of the lion are you now painting?" The artist replied, "I am doing the tail."
Our man said , "Never mind the tail; go on with another part."
The artist accordingly began in another part,
but our man again cried out to the artist asking , "What part of the lion are you now painting?"
The artist said , "I am doing the ears."
Our man told him to try somewhere else.The artist was really bored but he could do nothing and began another part again.
Of course our man again cried out to the artist asking , "What part of the lion are you now painting?"
The artist said , "I am doing the stomach."
He again said he did not want the stomach.
The artist was very angry and he threw all the needles and paints and said"Who has seen in this worlds a lion without tail,ears and stomach?If you were so coward why did you come here?
In this story the lion is the symbol of being a human and the needles are the difficulties we meet in life. So we must be patient to the pains,difficulties and sorrows of life if we want to be real good&mature humans.
Now we have 2 stories about getting rid of our Egos to be mature.
The Lion who Hunted with the Wolf and the Fox.
A lion ,a wolf and a fox went to hunting , and they caught a wild ox, a goat , and a rabbit. The lion then told the wolf to divide what they caught. The wolf said the ox should belong to the lion, the goat to himself, and the rabbit to the fox. The lion was angry with the wolf because he had presumed to talk of "I" and "You," and "My share" and "your share" when it all belonged of right to the lion, and he killed the wolf with one blow of his paw. Then, turning to the fox, he ordered him to make the division. The fox, seeing the death of the wolf, replied that everything should belong to the lion. The lion, happy with this , gave it all up to him, saying, "You no longer a fox, but myself."
Once a man came and knocked at the door of his friend. His friend said, "who are you ?" He said, "'Tis I."
He answered, "Do not not enter.You are not allowed "
The poor man went away, and after a time missing his friend he went again and drew near to the house of his friend. He knocked at the door in fear that
some careless word might fall from his lips.
His friend shouted, -"Who is that at the door?" -"'Tis you who are at the door. O beloved!" -"Since tis I, let me come in, there is not room for two 'I's' in one house."
He answered, "'Tis you who are at the door. O beloved!" The friend said, "Since 'tis I, let me come in, there is not room for two 'I's' in one house."
This story was written to explain that till man destroys "self or ego " he is no true friend of God.
STORY 5 The Travellers who ate the Young Elephant. A group of travellers lost their way in a forest and were very hungry.
. While they were thinking what to do, a wise man passing by told them that there were many young elephants in the adjacent woods and he warned them that if they killed one to eat , its parents would do everything to find them and kill them. Soon , the travellers saw a young elephant and could not resist killing and eating it. Only one of them did not eat. Then they lay down to rest. When they were asleep than a huge elephant came and began to smell the breath of each one of the sleepers in turn. Those whom he smelled to have eaten of his child's flesh he killed without mercy, leaving only the one who had not eaten. Here we understand God's care for His children