a time, there was a teacher who meditated much and developed his
mind. Gradually his fame spread. Those who wished to be guided
by a wise man came to hear him. Considering what he said to be
wise indeed, 500 decided to become his followers.
One of these
500, who considered his teachings to be wise, was a certain pet
lover. In fact, he loved pets so much that there was no animal
he did not wish to keep as a pet.
One day he
came upon a cute little poisonous snake, who was searching for
food. He decided he would make an excellent pet. So he made a
little bamboo cage to keep him in when he had to leave him alone.
The other followers called the little snake, 'Bamboo'. Because
he was so fond of his pet, they called the pet lover, 'Bamboo's
the teacher heard that one of his followers was keeping a poisonous
snake as a pet. He called him to him and asked if this was true.
Bamboo's Father said, "Yes master, I love him like my own
teacher said, "It is not safe to live with a poisonous snake.
Therefore, I advise you to let him go, for your own good."
Father thought he knew better. He replied, "This little one
is my son. He wouldn't bite me. I can't give him up and live all
warned him, "Then surely, this little one will be the death
of you!" But the follower did not heed his master's warning.
all 500 of the teacher's followers went on a trip to collect fresh
fruits. Bamboo's Father left his 'son' locked up in the bamboo
were many fruits to collect, it was several days before they returned.
Bamboo's Father realized that poor Bamboo had not eaten the whole
time he was away. So he opened the cage to let him out to find
But when he
reached inside, his 'son' bit his hand. Having been neglected
for all that time, Bamboo was angry as well as hungry. Since he
was only a snake, he didn't know anything about poison!
But his 'father'
should have known better. After all, he had been warned by the
very teacher he himself considered wise.
of being bitten, Bamboo's Father dropped dead!
moral is: There's no benefit in following
a teacher, if you don't listen to what he says.