The Prince and the Monster - A Fable about Truth

Once there was a prince who was skillful in the use of the five weapons. One day he was returning home from his practice and met a monster whose skin was invulnerable.

The monster started for him but nothing daunted the prince. He shot an arrow at him which fell harmless. Then he threw his spear which failed to penetrate the thick skin. Then he threw a bar and a javelin but they failed to hurt the monster. Then he used his sword but the sword broke. The prince attacked the monster with his fists and feet but to no purpose, for the monster clutched him in his giant arms and held him fast. Then the prince tried to use his head as a weapon but in vain.

The monster said, "It is useless for you to resist; I am going to devour you." But the prince answered, "You may think that I have used all my weapons and am helpless, but I still have one weapon left. If you devour me, I will destroy you from the inside of your stomach."

The courage of the prince disturbed the monster and he asked, "How can you do that?" The prince replied, "By the power of the Truth."

Then the monster released him and begged for his instruction in the Truth.

The teaching of this fable is to encourage disciples to persevere in their efforts and to be undaunted in the face of many set backs.

- A Buddhist Fable

The Owl & His School

An owl named Old Wisdom kept a school. Everybody went to him to take lessons. After some time he wished to know what progress they had made in their studies. So he gave them a number of questions to answer.

The first was, "Why does the moon shine in the sky?"

The nightingale said, "That I might sing all night in his pleasant light to my bride, the rose."
The lilies said, "That we may open our petals, and enjoy his loving and refreshing beams."
The hare said, "That there may be enough of dew in the morning for me to lap."
The dog said, "That I may find out thieves prowling round my master's house."
The glow-worm said, "That he may throw me into the shade, for he envies my light."
The fox said, "That I may see my way to the poultry-yard."

"Enough!" said Old Wisdom.
"There is but one moon that shines in the sky, yet how each brings him to serve his own purpose!"

- An Indian Fable

Today, let's dare to celebrate variety and the number of ways in which we can see and experience the world!

Make it a great day!!

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