Birth of a Banyan Tree [Respect
upon 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
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
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 Father'.
long, 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 child!"
wise teacher said, "It is not safe to live with a
poisonous snake. Therefore, I advise you to let him go,
for your own good."
Bamboo's 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 alone!" .
teacher warned him, "Then surely, this little one
will be the death of you!" But the follower did not
heed his master's warning.
on, 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 cage.
there 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 food.
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!
his 'father' should have known better. After all, he had
been warned by the very teacher he himself considered
minutes 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.