Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Tale of Two Parrots

                        An old lady was tired of her daughter-in-law’s frequent attacks using abusive words. The young lady had a pet parrot, which repeated these foul words whenever the old woman came near. This intensified her agony.
                        The worried old woman sought the help of a saintly sage. He gave her his own pet parrot, trained to recite only prayers and holy words. He asked her to keep his parrot in a cage, close to the parrot at home. He hoped that the lady’s parrot would learn some good words from his pet and would forget the words of curse forever. Overjoyed, the old woman followed the sage’s instructions.
                         The next morning, when the old woman approached the cages for feeding the pets, the domestic parrot repeated the usual words of curse, “Let the old fool go to hell.” Then the sage’s parrot added, “God, hear this prayer.”
                        We cannot transform a fallen friend by our passive presence alone. But God can work wonders with His grace and our earnest efforts in His name. We must pray for every one. Prayer is a powerful tool for transformation.
© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.
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