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Monday, December 17, 2012
Masnavi - Stories that make you think!
Here is story!
Or is it?
Read and meditate on it!
You will understand!
THE STORY OF THE PARROT AND THE SHOPKEEPER
A certain shopkeeper kept a parrot as a pet. The parrot was green in
color and had a very melodious voice. The shopkeeper had a great love for the
parrot. The parrot used to speak a lot and entertain the clients in the shop.
One day the shopkeeper had gone out. It so happened that a cat was trying to
catch a mouse. The parrot got the impression that the cat was trying to attack
him and thus fled to one side, to avoid being caught. As it did so, a bottle of
almond oil which was placed there fell down and the oil spilled over. When the
shopkeeper came back, he noticed the oiliness of the floor mat and immediately
realized that the almond oil had been spilled. He became so angry that he
struck the parrot on its head a number of times. This action of his caused the
parrot's head to become bald. The parrot became so displeased with the
shopkeeper that from that day onward it stopped talking.
The parrot's silence caused the shopkeeper great anguish. He was very
wondered what to do in order to make the parrot speak again, as its
speech had provided him with great pleasure up to then. For many days he tried
to please the parrot through flattery, but the parrot remained silent. He fed
the parrot with various kinds of fruit in order to make him happy, but still
the parrot would not speak. Even the clients who came to the shop, were
surprised at the parrot's silence and were sorry at this state of affairs.
One day a beggar, covered in a blanket and having a bald head went past
the shop. On
seeing the bald headed beggar the parrot spoke in a loud voice: "O
bald-headed one, how did you become bald? You must have also caused a bottle of
oil to spill over".