Bull Called Delightful [All
upon 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.
Delightful 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."
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.
merchant 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."
merchant 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.
merchant attached together one-hundred big bullock carts. He filled
them with sand and gravel to make them very heavy.
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.
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!"
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.
merchant 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.
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?"
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."
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
the 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.
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 honor of pulling these one-hundred bullock carts."
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.
merchant, with his mouth hanging open in disbelief, had to pay the
two-thousand gold coins. The onlookers were so impressed that they
honored 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.