Buck and Village Doe
a time, in northern India, there was a herd of village deer. They
were used to being near villages; they were born there and grew
up there. They knew they had to be very careful around people.
This was especially true at harvest time, when the crops were
tall, and the farmers trapped and killed any deer who came near.
time, the village deer stayed in the forest all day long. They
only came near the village during the dark of the night. One of
these was a beautiful young doe. She had soft reddish-brown fur,
a fluffy white tail and big wide bright eyes.
particular season, there was a young mountain buck who had strayed
into the same low forest. One day, he saw the beautiful young
doe, and immediately became infatuated with her. He didn't know
anything about her. But he imagined himself to be deeply in love
with her, just because of her reddish-brown fur and her fluffy
white tail and her big wide bright eyes. He even dreamed about
her, although she did not know he existed!
After a few
days, the young mountain buck decided to introduce himself. As
he was walking out into the clearing where she was grazing, he
was entranced by her appearance and could not take his eyes off
her. He began speaking: "Oh my sweet beauty, as lovely as
the stars and as bright as the moon, I confess to you that I am
deeply" Just then the young buck's hoof got caught
in a root, he tripped and fell, and his face splashed in a mud
puddle! The pretty village doe was flattered, so she smiled. But
inside, she thought this mountain buck was really rather silly!
unknown to the deer, there was a clan of tree fairies living in
that part of the forest. They had been watching the mountain buck,
while he secretly watched the village doe. When he walked out
into the clearing, began his speech, and fell in the mud puddle
- the fairies laughed and laughed. "What fools these dumb
animals are!" they cried. But one fairy did not laugh. He
said,"I fear this is a warning of danger to this young fool!"
buck was a little embarrassed, but he did not see it as any kind
of warning. From then on, he followed the doe wherever she went.
He kept telling her how beautiful she was and how much he loved
her. She didn't pay much attention.
came, and it was time for the doe to go down to the village. The
people who lived along the way knew the deer passed by at night.
So they set traps to catch them. That night a hunter waited, hiding
behind a bush.
the village doe set out. The mountain buck, who was still singing
her praises, went right along with her. She stopped and said to
him, "My dear buck, you are not experienced with being around
villages. You don't know how dangerous human beings are. The village,
and the way to it, can bring death to a deer even at night. Since
you are so young and inexperienced (and she thought to herself,
'and foolish'), you should not come down to the village with me.
You should remain in the safety of the forest."
At this, the
tree fairies applauded. But of course, the deer could not hear
buck paid no attention to the doe's warning. He just said, "Your
eyes look so lovely in the moonlight!" and kept walking with
her. She said, "If you won't listen to me, at least be quiet!"
He was so infatuated with her, that he could not control his mind.
But he did finally shut his mouth!
After a while,
they approached the place where the hunter was hiding behind a
bush. The fairies saw him, and became agitated and frightened
for the deer's safety. They flew nervously around the tree, branches,
but they could only watch.
The doe could
smell the hiding man. She was afraid of a trap. So, thinking to
save her own life, she let the buck go first. She followed a little
When the hunter
saw the unsuspecting mountain buck, he shot his arrow and killed
him instantly. Seeing this, the terrified doe turned tail and
ran back to the forest clearing as fast as she could.
claimed his kill. He started a fire, skinned the deer, cooked
some of the venison and ate his fill. Then he threw the carcass
over his shoulder and carried it back home to feed his family.
When the fairies
saw what happened, some of them cried. As they watched the hunter
cut up the once noble looking buck, some of them felt sick. Others
blamed the careful doe for leading him to the slaughter.
But the wise
fairy, who had given the first warning, said, "It was the
excitement of infatuation that killed this foolish deer. Such
blind desire brings false happiness at first, but ends in pain
moral is: Infatuation leads to destruction.