Homes for the Tree Spirits [Wise
upon a time, as happens to all beings, the King of the Tree Spirits
died. King Sakka, ruler of the Heaven of 33, appointed a new King
of the Tree Spirits. As his first official act, the new king sent
out a proclamation that every tree spirit should choose a tree to
live in. Likewise it was stated that every tree was to be pleased
with its resident spirit.
just so happened to be a very wise tree spirit who was the leader
of a large clan. He advised his clan members not to live in freestanding
trees. Instead it would be safer to live in the forest trees near
him. The wise tree spirits settled down in the forest trees with
there were also some foolish and arrogant tree spirits. They said
to each other, "Why should we live in this crowd? Let us go
to the villages, towns and cities inhabited by human beings. Tree
spirits who live there receive the best offerings. And they are
even worshipped by the superstitious people living in those places.
What a life we will have!"
they went to the villages, towns and cities, and moved into the
big freestanding trees, looked after by people. Then one day a big
storm came up. The wind blew strong and hard. The big heavy trees
with old stiff branches did not do well in the storm. Branches fell
down, trunks broke in two, and some were even uprooted. But the
trees in the forest, which were intertwined with each other, were
able to bend and support each other in the mighty wind. They did
not break or fall!
tree spirits in the villages, towns and cities had their tree homes
destroyed. They gathered up their children and returned to the forest.
They, complained to the wise leader about their misfortune in the
big lonely trees in the land of men. He said, "This is what
happens to arrogant ones who ignore wise advice and go off by themselves."
moral is: Fools are deaf to wise words.