Friday, February 14, 2014


                         An arrogant chick was searching for food. The chick was very smart, intelligent and quick-witted. But he boasted about his brilliance and liked to walk alone. His mother warned him, but he said that he could face any danger using his exceptionally excellent intellect.
                         When he walked alone along a bushy path, suddenly a cobra appeared before the chick and opened his mouth to devour him. He told the snake, “Stop, you fool. Don’t you know that I am highly poisonous? If I peck you, you will die on the spot. My venom is a thousand times stronger than yours. Every part of my body is poisonous.”
                         The cobra thought for a moment. He had not heard about a poisonous chick so far. But he was not ready to take a risk. So he told the chick, “You must prove that you are poisonous. Then I will spare you.”
                         A man was walking near their meeting place. The chick told the snake, “Watch me peck that man. He will die and you can see.” So saying, he gave a strong peck on the back of the man’s heel with its sharp beak and hid behind a bush. The man turned around with a cry and saw the fearsome cobra waving its wide hood. He got the fright of his life. His shock was so intense that he fell down, fainted.
                         The chick victoriously jumped over his body and shouted, “Get away, you fool. Otherwise I will kill you with a single peck.” He pretended to chase the snake. The snake was frightened and left the scene at top speed. The bold chick laughed merrily and praised his own brilliance. He longed to tell everyone how he had tricked the snake.
                         A cunning fox saw the speeding snake and asked why he was crawling at top speed. Without a pause, the cobra cried, “Run for your life, a venomous chick is chasing me. Don’t come into his view. He may kill you.” The snake fled at top speed. The fox was sure that the chick had fooled the foolish snake. He ran towards the spot from where the snake had emerged. Soon he met the chick moving boastfully. Before the chick could utter a word, the fox finished him. Licking his lips after relishing the delicious meal, he exclaimed, “What luck! What a tasty chick!”           
                         The Bible teaches that everyone who makes himself great will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be made great. Pride goes before a fall!
                                        Fred Smith said, "Humility is not denying the power you have. It is realizing that the power comes through you, not from you."   D. L. Moody remarked, “God has two thrones – one in the highest heavens, the other in the lowliest heart.” A famous proverb in Malayalam may be translated as:
“Water flows to a lower land;
Grace of God to a lowly mind.”
                         Humility is a strange quality. The moment one thinks he has it, he loses it!

© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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