a time, in a kingdom in India, the finest of the royal horses
was taken down to the river to be bathed. The grooms took him
to the same shallow pool where they always washed him.
before they arrived, a filthy dirty horse had been washed in the
same spot. He had been caught in the countryside and had never
had a good bath in all his life.
The fine royal
horse sniffed the air. He knew right away that some filthy wild
horse had bathed there and fouled the water. So he was disgusted
and refused to be washed at that place.
tried their best to get him into the water, but could do nothing
with him. So they went to the king and complained that the fine
well-trained royal stallion had suddenly become stubborn and unmanageable.
It just so
happened that the king had an intelligent minister who was known
for his understanding of animals. So he called for him and said,
"Please go and see what has happened to my number one horse.
Find out if he is sick or what is the reason he refuses to be
bathed. Of all my horses, I thought this one was of such high
quality that he would never let himself sink into dirtiness. There
must be something wrong."
went down to the riverside bathing pool immediately. He found
that the stately horse was not sick, but in perfect health. He
noticed also that he was deliberately breathing as little as possible.
So he sniffed the air and smelled a slight foul odour. Investigating
further, he found that it came from the unclean water in the bathing
pool. So he figured out that another very dirty horse must have
been washed there, and that the king's horse was too fond of cleanliness
to bathe in dirty water.
asked the horse grooms, "Has any other horse been bathed
at this spot today?" "Yes," they replied, "before
we arrived, a dirty wild horse was bathed here." The minister
told them, "My dear grooms, this is a fine royal horse who
loves cleanliness. He does not wish to bathe in dirty water. So
the thing to do is to take him up river, where the water is fresh
and clean, and wash him there."
his instructions, and the royal horse was pleased to bathe in
the new place.
returned to the king and told what had happened. Then he said,
"You were correct your majesty, this fine horse was indeed
of such high quality that he would not let himself sink into dirtiness!"
The king was
amazed that his minister seemed to be able to read the mind of
a horse. So he rewarded him appropriately.
moral is: Even animals value cleanliness.