The Brave Little Parrot | Four Levels | Adventures In English Vol I | BBA Notes
Author: Rafe Martin
Unit 2: Ancient Tales
Subject: Adventures in English Volume I
Once Buddha was born as a little parrot. In the forest where various animals and birds lived. While all the creatures were spending happy life, a storm and lightning turned the forest into the fire. Helpless animals and birds were trapped in the fire. It was a terrible picture where birds and animals were crying for help. Seeing that situation the little parrot started to put out the fire by dipping into the river and spreading the drops of water into the fire. Though it got burnt all parts of his body the parrot still continued doing the work. Seeing such foolishness of parrot Gods in heaven laughed.
But one of the Gods became ready to help him by changing himself into a golden eagle. The parrot didn’t like the eagle’s advice rather help when the eagle told the parrot to stop doing that work. So, the eagle began to weep weave upon weave until the fire was put out completely. By the mercy of God, all the animals and plants were saved in that forest and there was greenery everywhere. All the animals expressed their gratitude to the brave little parrot that saved them.
Since the story is based on Buddhist legends it tells much about human kindness, love, and help. It tells us we should love and help as far as we car selflessly. If we do selfless help, God loves us. Again, another meaning can be that we should always struggle a lot whether it is fruitful or not. Keep on doing struggle but don’t expect the fruit is its lesson. The good deeds of parrot are praiseworthy that are seen by the god as well. Those who have experienced a bitter life or suffering can understand others well. So rich and aristocratic people never understand the actual pain of poor and common people.
The story teaches us to do selfless service and help others as a moral lesson. Though in philosophy such a concept is suitable and impressive in our practical life, such a feeling is impossible because people don’t have strong faith in God. Some disagreeing points are:
(a) Is it possible for a man to be born as a parrot?
(b) Do we really believe in the existence of god?
(c) Can pouring tear put out a forest fire? Besides these some of the confusing points the story has praiseworthy ideas. Teaching humans to help others selflessly and be kind and helpful are humane. This aspect of this story is a really acceptable and heart-touching one.
I got extreme influence after reading this story “The Brave Little Parrot” and knew that we must be like the little parrot. While innocent and poor people are doing honest and dutiful works but so-called reach people do everything with a selfish motive. Reach are indifferent to the suffering of the poor. Still, the right conduct of parrot teaches us more to do similar type of behaviors in our life as well. If we help others without selfish nature, there will be someone ready to help us. These concepts germinated or came in me after reading the mythological story “The Brave Little Parrot”
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