[Pride and Modesty]
a time, a very long time ago, the four-footed animals made the
lion their king. There was a gigantic fish that roamed the oceans,
and the fish made him their king. The birds were attracted to
beauty, so they chose the Golden Swan as their king.
Swan had a beautiful golden daughter. While she was still young,
he granted her one wish. She wished that, when she was old enough,
she could pick her own husband.
When his daughter
was old enough, King Golden Swan called all the birds living in
the vast Himalayan Mountains of central Asia to a gathering. The
purpose was to find a worthy husband for his golden daughter.
Birds came from far away, even from high Tibet. There were geese,
swans, eagles, sparrows, humming birds, cuckoos, owls and many
other kinds of birds.
was held on a high rock slab, in the beautiful green land of Nepal.
King Golden Swan told his lovely daughter to select whichever
husband she wished.
over the many birds. Her eye was attracted by a shining emerald-green
long-necked peacock, with gorgeous flowing tail feathers. She
told her father, "This bird, the peacock, will be my husband."
he was the lucky one, all the other birds crowded around the peacock
to congratulate him. They said, "Even among so many beautiful
birds, the golden swan princess has chosen you. We congratulate
you on your good fortune."
became so puffed up with pride, that he began to show off his
colorful feathers in a fantastic strutting dance. He fanned out
his spectacular tail feathers and danced in a circle to show off
his beautiful tail. Being so conceited, he pointed his head at
the sky and forgot all modesty, so that he also, showed his most
private parts for all to see!
birds, especially the young ones, giggled. But King Golden Swan
was not amused. He was embarrassed to see his daughter's choice
behave in this way. He thought, "This peacock has no inner
shame to give him proper modesty. Nor does he have the outer fear
to prevent indecent behavior. So why should my daughter be shamed
by such a mindless mate?"
in the midst of the great assembly of birds, the king said, "Sir
peacock, your voice is sweet, your feathers are beautiful, your
neck shines like an emerald, and your tail is like a splendid
fan. But you have danced here like one who has no proper shame
or fear. I will not permit my innocent daughter to marry such
an ignorant fool!"
Golden Swan married his golden daughter to a royal nephew. The
silly strutting peacock flew away, having lost a beautiful wife.
moral is: If you let pride go to your head,
you'll wind up acting like a fool.