Bull Called Delightful
a time, in the country of Gandhara in northern India, there was
a city called Takkasila. In that city the Enlightenment Being
was born as a certain calf. Since he was well bred for strength,
he was bought by a high class rich man. He became very fond of
the gentle animal, and called him 'Delightful'. He took good care
of him and fed him only the best.
grew up into a big fine strong bull, he thought, "I was brought
up by this generous man. He gave me such good food and constant
care, even though sometimes there were difficulties. Now I am
a big grown-up bull and there is no other bull who can pull as
heavy a load as I can. Therefore, I would like to use my strength
to give something in return to my master."
So he said
to the man, "Sir, please find some wealthy merchant who is
proud of having many strong bulls. Challenge him by saying that
your bull can pull one- hundred heavily loaded bullock carts."
his advice, the high class rich man went to such a merchant and
struck up a conversation. After a while, he brought up the idea
of who had the strongest bull in the city.
said, "Many have bulls, but no one has any as strong as mine."
The rich man said, "Sir, I have a bull who can pull one hundred
heavily loaded bullock carts." "No, friend, how can
there be such a bull? That is unbelievable!" said the merchant.
The other replied, "I do have such a bull, and I am willing
to make a bet."
said, "I will bet a thousand gold coins that your bull cannot
pull a hundred loaded bullock carts." So the bet was made
and they agreed on a date and time for the challenge.
attached together one-hundred big bullock carts. He filled them
with sand and gravel to make them very heavy.
The high class
rich man fed the finest rice to the bull called Delightful. He
bathed him and decorated him and hung a beautiful garland of flowers
around his neck.
Then he harnessed
him to the first cart and climbed up onto it. Being so high class,
he could not resist the urge to make himself seem very important.
So he cracked a whip in the air, and yelled at the faithful bull,
"Pull, you dumb animal! I command you to pull, you big dummy!"
The bull called
Delightful thought, "This challenge was my idea. I have never
done anything bad to my master, and yet he insults me with such
hard and harsh words!" So he remained in his place and refused
to pull the carts.
laughed and demanded his winnings from the bet. The high class
rich man had to pay him the one thousand gold coins. He returned
home and sat down, saddened by his lost bet, and embarrassed by
the blow to his pride.
The bull called
Delightful grazed peacefully on his way home. When he arrived,
he saw his master sadly lying on his side. He asked, "Sir,
why are you lying there like that? Are you sleeping? You look
sad." The man said, I lost a thousand gold coins because
of you. With such a loss, how could I sleep?"
The bull replied.
"Sir, you called me 'dummy'. You even cracked a whip in the
air over my head. In all my life, did I ever break anything, step
on anything, make a mess in the wrong place, or behave like a
'dummy' in any way?" He answered, "No, my pet."
The bull called
Delightful said, "Then sir, why did you call me 'dumb animal',
and insult me even in the presence of others? The fault is yours.
I have done nothing wrong. But since I feel sorry for you, go
again to the merchant and make the same bet for two thousand gold
coins. And remember to use only the respectful words I deserve
high class rich man went back to the merchant and made the bet
for two-thousand gold coins. The merchant thought it would be
easy money. Again he set up the one hundred heavily loaded bullock
carts. Again the rich man fed and bathed the bull, and hung a
garland of flowers around his neck.
When all was
ready, the rich man touched Delightful's forehead with a lotus
blossom, having given up the whip. Thinking of him as fondly as
if he were his own child, he said, "My son, please do me
the honour of pulling these one hundred bullock carts."
Lo and behold,
the wonderful bull pulled with all his might and dragged the heavy
carts, until the last one stood in the place of the first.
with his mouth hanging open in disbelief, had to pay the two thousand
gold coins. The onlookers were so impressed that they honoured
the bull called Delightful with gifts. But even more important
to the high class rich man than his winnings, was his valuable
lesson in humility and respect.
moral is: Harsh words bring no reward. Respectful
words bring honor to all.