Bulls With No Fight [Chapter
Brahmadatta knelt down before the holy man and then sat next to
him. He asked, "Your reverence, can you tell me the meanings
of my sixteen dreams?"
course I can," said the forest monk. "Tell them to me,
beginning with the first eight."
king replied, 'These were the first eight dreams: roaring bulls
with no fight, midget trees bearing fruit, cows sucking milk from
calves, calves pulling carts with bulls trailing behind, a horse
eating with two mouths, a jackal urinating in a golden bowl, a she-jackal
eating a rope maker's rope, one overflowing pot with all the rest
me more about your first dream," said the monk.
reverence, I saw four pure black bulls who came from the four directions
to fight in the palace courtyard. People came from miles around
to see the bulls fight. But they only pretended to fight, roared
at each other, and went back where they came from."
king," said the holy man, "this dream tells of things
that will not happen in your lifetime or in mine. In the far-off
future, kings will be unwholesome and stingy. The people too will
be unwholesome. Goodness will be decreasing while evil increases.
The seasons will be out of whack, with sunstroke on winter days
and snow storms on summer days. The skies will be dry, with poor
clouds and little water. Harvests will be small and people will
starve. Then dark clouds will come from the four directions, but
even after much thunder and lightning, they will depart without
letting rain fall - just like the roaring bulls who leave without
have no fear, there will be no harm to the people of today. The
priests say this dream requires sacrifice, only because that is
how they earn their money. Now tell me your second dream."
reverence, I had a dream where tiny midget plants grew no more than
one foot tall, and then flowered and gave fruit."
king," said the holy man, the soil will be poor for growing
crops, and humans will live short lives. The young will have strong
desires, and even young girls will have babies just like
midget trees bearing fruit.
this will not happen until the distant future when the world is
declining. What was your third dream, oh king?"
reverence, I saw cows sucking milk from their own calves, born the
same day," said the king, shuddering with fear.
calm," said the monk, "this too will not happen in our
lifetimes. But someday people will no longer respect their mothers,
fathers, mothers-in-law and fathers-in-law. People will give everything
to their own children, taking over the savings of their elder parents
and in-laws. Then, by whim alone, they may or may not feed and clothe
their elders. So the elderly will be at the mercy of their own children
just like cows sucking milk from their day-old calves.
clearly it is not like that today, oh king, so you have nothing
to fear. Now tell me your fourth dream."
relieved, the king continued, "Your reverence, I dreamed I
saw big strong full-grown bulls following behind bullock carts.
They were being pulled by frail awkward calves. The calves stopped
and stood still, unable to pull the heavily loaded carts. Caravans
could no longer travel and goods could not be taken to market."
will be a time," said the holy man, "when unwholesome
stingy kings will no longer respect wise experienced judges. Instead
they will appoint young foolish judges, granting them the highest
privileges. But they will not be able to make difficult decisions.
They will become judges in name only, doing no real work
just like the calves who can't pull the carts. Meanwhile, the older
wiser ones will offer no help, thinking it is no longer their concern
- just like the bulls trailing behind.
you have nothing to fear, oh king, from those far-off times when
all the nations will be poorly run by the young and foolish. What
was your fifth dream?"
reverence, my fifth dream was very strange indeed. I saw a horse
eating with two mouths, one on each side of his head!" Again
the king trembled as he spoke.
forest monk said, "This will happen in another far-off future
time, when unwholesome foolish kings appoint unwholesome greedy
judges. Not caring in the least about right and wrong, they will
take bribes from both sides in the same case just like a
horse eating greedily with two mouths.
tell me your sixth dream."
reverence, I dreamed I saw a golden plate worth a hundred thousand
pieces of money. People were holding it and coaxing an old skinny
jackal to urinate in it. And that's just what he did!" said
the king, making a face.
king, this too will come to pass in a far-off time when the kings
will be outsiders, not born in the ruling families of the countries
they rule. So they will not trust the experienced ministers from
the native noble class. They will replace them with low class ministers
they can control more easily. Meanwhile the old nobles will depend
on the new ruling class. So they will offer their high class daughters
in marriage to the low class ministers just like golden bowls
urinated in by jackals.
this will not happen in your time, oh king. What was your seventh
reverence, I dreamed I saw a man making a rope and letting it pile
up under his chair. There a hungry female jackal was eating the
rope as it fell, without the man knowing it."
will come a time," said the monk, "when women's cravings
will increase. They will desire men, strong liquor, jewelry and
all sorts of useless possessions. They will spend a lot of time
window shopping. Paying more attention to their lovers than to their
husbands, they will ignore even the most important household activities.
And they will waste all the money earned by their husbands
just like the jackal devouring the rope that is produced by the
as you can see, oh king, these times are not upon us. Tell me about
your eighth dream."
reverence," said the king, "I saw one big pot full of
water, and many small empty pots, in front of the palace gate. All
the warriors, priests, merchants and farmers were bringing water
from all directions. But they were pouring it only into the big
pot. That one was overflowing and wasting the water, while all the
little pots remained empty!" Again the king shook in fear as
no fear, oh king," said the holy man. "Way off in the
future the world will be declining. The land will be less fertile,
so crops will be harder to grow. The richest will have no more than
100,000 pieces of gold there will be no more millionaires!
Even the kings will be poor and stingy.
kings and the wealthy will make all the rest work for them only.
The poor will be forced to bring all their products, grains, vegetables
and fruits to the warehouses of the rich and powerful. And the barns
of the hard working poor will remain empty it will be like
the big pot filled to overflowing, with all the little ones empty.
now you know the meanings of your first eight dreams. They have
with no rain, young girls having babies, the elderly at the mercy
of their children, young foolish judges with no help from the wise,
greedy judges taking bribes from both sides, low class ministers
with high class wives, wives wasting the earnings of their husbands,
the rich taking from the poor leaving them nothing.
your mind may be at peace, oh king, regarding these first eight
dreams. Clearly such times are not upon us, and these dangers are
not to be feared in the present day."