The proud beetle in a lump of cow dung.
- Dear All,
I came upon the following story in my readings this morning and
thought I'd pass it along as a meditation aide.
May all be at peace.
"There was once a beetle which came upon a lump of cow dung. He
worked himself into it and liking what he saw, he invited his friends
to join him in building a city in it. After working feverishly in it
for a few days they built a magnificent 'city' in the dung and feeling
very proud of their achievement they decided to elect the first beetle
as their king. Now to honor their new 'king' they organized a grand
parade through their 'city.' While these impressive proceedings were
taking place, an elephant happened to pass by and seeing the lump of
cow dung he lifted his foot to avoid stepping in it. The king beetle
saw the elephant and angrily shouted at the huge beast, 'Hey you!
Don't you have any respect for royalty? Don't you know it's rude to
lift your leg over my majestic head? Apologies at once or I will have
you punished.' The elephant looked down and said, 'Your most gracious
majesty, I humbly crave your pardon.' Thus saying he knelt down on the
lump of dung and crushed king, city, citizens and pride in one obeisance.
"We, too, build little empires and set ourselves up as important
people, only to be crushed into insignificance in the presence of real
from "Why Worry: Practical Advice from the Buddhist Teachings to Live
Your Life Without Stress and Worry" by K. Sri Dhammananda, BMSM
Publications, Malaysia ©1996.