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Saturday, November 3, 2018

The King Elephant And The Wise Hare

The King Elephant And The Wise Hare


A long time ago, the great king of elephants ruled over the forest. During his rule once, all the lakes became dry as there was no rainfall. So, all the elephants came to the king for help. They would all die without water! The elephant king said, “Please don’t worry! I am your king and so it is my duty to take care of all your needs. You will never again have to live without water. I know of a hidden like that is always full of water. Let’s go there.”

While the elephants marched towards the lake, they trampled upon hundreds of hares that had been living there for years. Hundreds of them died and thousands were injured.

The hares were worried. One of them said, “Elephants are so huge and heavy, we are like tiny ants to them. They will continue to trample us every day while going to the lake for water as they can’t even see us! If we don’t do something quickly we will be killed. We have to find a way to stop them from coming to the lake. The problem is they are very thirsty and they will never listen to our request.”

A smart here came up with a clever plan and that night he went to the elephant king. He had to be very careful, for if the king became angry they could all be killed! So he bowed down to the king with great respect and said, “The Moon God has sent me, Your Majesty. This lake belongs to him and he has forbidden all of you from drinking water from it.”

“But where is your lord, the Moon?” asked the surprised king.

The hare took the elephant king to the lake, and showing the reflection of the moon in the lake, said, “Here he is, the moon God! Can you see him?”

The elephant king looked down in the lake and replied humbly, “Yes, I can see.”

“Move quietly and salute him. Otherwise, he may get very angry and great harm could come to you and your subjects,” said the hare.

Believing the hare, the elephant king saluted the reflection and left quietly. The elephants never came back to the lake again and the hares lived in their homes.

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