The lion and the rabbit
The lion and the rabbit. Bhasuraka was the lion-king of the forest. Each day the animals of the forest sent him one of themselves as food for the day.
Bhasuraka was the lion-king of the forest. Each day the animals of the forest sent him one of themselves as food for the day.
One day it was the turn of a young rabbit to serve as the lion’s meal. On the way to the lion-king’s den there was a well. The rabbit peeped into it and saw its own image in the deep water.
"Ah," said the rabbit, "I shall kill the lion today by my cleverness". The rabbit went to Bhasuraka late. Bhasuraka had become very hungry by then.
He asked, "Why are you late, young chap?” Trembling, the rabbit replied, "The fault is not mine sir. I started early, but a lion stopped me on the way. ‘I am going to Bhasuraka, our lion-king’ I told him. ‘I am the real king. There is no other lion-king', the lion said".
"What?" roared Bhasuraka angrily. Bhasuraka ground his teeth. His eyes became red. He said to the rabbit, “Where is he now? Take me to him!" The rabbit took Bhasuraka to the well and said, "He is resting inside, sir!"
Bhasuraka peeped into the well. He saw the form of a lion in the water. He did not know that it was his own image. Seeing it, he roared. The well echoed to his roar. He thought the other lion was roaring back at him!
So Bhasuraka jumped into the well to light the other lion which was not there and his life came to an end.
The rabbit ran to the other animals and told them the story. The other animals became happy. The monkey laughed, the donkey brayed, the horse neighed, and the elephant trumpeted!
(From Culture Course-BVB)