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The Fox and the Berries

Author: ; Published On: ಗುರುವಾರ, ಜುಲಾಯಿ 7th, 2011;

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The mother fox warned her young one when it went in search
of food:
“Child, be careful when you eat the wild berries; they are
very tasty, but if you eat too many, you will get a stomach
ache.”
The cub shook its head in agreement and entered the forest.
As it walked along, it saw a tree with plenty of berries. Its
mouth watered with a desire to eat the berries scattered under
the tree. It remembered the mother’s warning.
There was a brief conflict in its mind – “ to eat or not to
eat?” The cub surrendered to the temptation, forgot every
thing else and began to gobble down the berries. It stopped
eating only when its tummy began to ache.
When the pain became unbearable, it regretted its action.
At home, the cub told the mother: “Mother, I promise;
hereafter I will never eat the wild berries.”

Next day, again, the cub went in search of food. It remembered
the forest with the fruit tree. It instructed its mind not to
think of that tree, but unconsciously its feet were drawn
towards the forest. The cub thought to itself:

“What is wrong if I go to the forest? I must not eat the berries.”
Inside the forest, the cub could not help looking at the tree
heavy with berries. Its mouth began to water.

“If I eat one or two berries nothing will happen.” The cub
comforted itself with this thought and began to eat the fruit
forgetting the horrible pain it had experienced the previous
day. Within seconds it was on the ground, rolling in pain.

Shall we apply this story to our lives?

We are like the fox cub . When elders advise us to give up
bad habits, we agree to do so. But, the temptation to enjoy
the pleasures makes us forget the bitter consequences. We
lose control and indulge in evil habits which destroy us.
Kalidasa, the ancient poet, says that a person whose mind is
not tempted by objects of desire is truly brave and heroic.

Shall we be heroic and conquer desires which lead us to
misery?

14 Responses to The Fox and the Berries

  1. ನಂದ ಕಿಶೋರ ಬೀರಂತಡ್ಕ

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ..

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  2. Arunkumar

    Being heroic and conquer desire is step ahead. At first at least we should learn to take the responsibility and bear the pain for the deeds we do. If we eat berries we should not trouble mother by complaining stomach ache. Once we start taking the responsibility and be accountable for what we did next steps will become easy.

    Hare Raama
    Arunkumar

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    Sharada Jayagovind Reply:

    Hareraama

    The cub makes promises to break…it does not complain to the mother ,wants the mother to understand and sympathise…
    sharadakka

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  3. gopalakrishna pakalakunja

    ॥ ಹರೇರಾಮ ॥

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  4. seetharama bhat

    ಹರೇರಾಮ್,

    ತಪ್ಪು ತಿಳಿಯದೇ ಮಾಡಿದರೂ ತಪ್ಪು
    ತಪ್ಪೇ೦ದು ತಿಳಿದೂ ಮಾಡುವುದು ಮಹಾತಪ್ಪು

    ದಾರಿ ತಪ್ಪದ೦ತೆ ಹರಿಸು ಗುರುದೇವಾ

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  5. Raghavendra Narayana

    “Shall we be heroic and conquer desires which lead us to
    misery?”
    .
    Shri Gurubhyo Namaha

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  6. Raghavendra Narayana

    World needs Heroes every now and then to rule. Ultimately world is not only for material purpose, it is a playground for Heroes. The play is to make God appear by producing great intensity of love.
    .
    Shri Gurubhyo Namaha

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  7. shwetha m shasthry

    ಹರೇರಾಮ….
    ತಪ್ಪು ಮಾಡದವರು ಯಾರಿದ್ದಾರೆ? ತಪ್ಪು ಮಾಡದೇ ಇರುವವರು ಎಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ? ಮಾನವರಾದ ನಾವು ತಪ್ಪು ಮಾಡುವುದು ಸಹಜ….. ದಾರಿ ತಪ್ಪುವುದೂ ಸಹಜ…. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಾನೆ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬರಿಗೂ ತಮ್ಮ’ಗುರಿ’ ತಲುಪಲು ‘ಗುರು’ ಬೇಕು ಎ೦ದು ಹೇಳುವುದು? ಓ ಗುರುದೇವ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಸರಿಯಾದ ದಾರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮುನ್ನಡೆಸು…………

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  8. ನಂದ ಕಿಶೋರ ಬೀರಂತಡ್ಕ

    ನೋವಿನಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾಗಿನ ಭಾವ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕಾಣೆಯಾಗಲು ಕಾರಣವೇನು?
    the temptation to enjoy the pleasures makes us forget the bitter consequences… Why so? Guruji?

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  9. Anuradha Parvathi

    ‘ನೋವಿನಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾಗಿನ ಭಾವ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕಾಣೆಯಾಗಲು ಕಾರಣವೇನು?’ ತುಂಬಾ ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ.

    ಅದೇ ಮಾಯೆಯೇನೋ?…

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  10. Ashwini

    ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ ಅರಿತು..
    ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ ಮರೆತು(ಮಾಯೆ)..
    ಜೀವವೆಸಗುವ ತಪ್ಪುಗಳಿಂದ ಆತ್ಮವನಾವರಿಸುವ ಕಲೆಗಳ ನೋಟ ಮಾತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ
    ಗುರುತಿಸಿಯೂ..
    ಅನಂತ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯನುಗ್ರಹಿಸಿ, ಆತ್ಮಬೆಳಗುವ ಕರುಣಾಮೂರ್ತಿ ‘ಗುರು’.

    ಗುರುವೇ, ತಪ್ಪುಗಳ ತಿದ್ದಿ ಒಪ್ಪಾಗಿಸು.
    ಒಪ್ಪಾಗಿಸಿ ಮಾನಸವ, ತಪ್ಪದೆ ನೀ ನೆಲಸು.

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ.

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    ನಂದ ಕಿಶೋರ ಬೀರಂತಡ್ಕ Reply:

    beautiful….!!

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  11. Jayashree Neeramoole

    ಗುರುಚರಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಅನಂತ ಪ್ರಣಾಮಗಳು…

    ಅನಂತ ರೂಪದ ಮಾಯೆ ಯಾವ್ಯಾವುದೋ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮಗರಿವಿಲ್ಲದಂತೆ ಆವರಿಸಿ ಬಿಡುತ್ತಾಳೆ…

    ಆನಂದ ಸಾಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ತೇಲುತಿರುವ ಮಂಜುಗಡ್ಡೆಯಾಗಿ ಏಕೆ ಎನ್ನನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಿರುವೆ ತಂದೆ? ಮಂಜುಗಡ್ಡೆಗೆ ಬಲವಾಗಿ ಅಂಟಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಕರಗಿ ಸಾಗರ ಸೇರಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲವೋ.. ಮಂಜುಗಡ್ಡೆಯ ಕಣ ಕಣವೂ ತಾನೆ ಆವರಿಸುವುದರಿಂದ ಪೂರ್ತಿ ಮಂಜುಗಡ್ಡೆ ಕರಗುವವರೆಗೆ ಮುಕ್ತಿಯಿಲ್ಲವೋ… ಸೂರ್ಯದೇವನೆ!!! ಕರುಣೆ ತೋರು…

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  12. Vidya Ravishankar

    ಹರೇರಾಮ.

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