Weeds of intolerance

This interesting  incident occurred sometime back in the state of Punjab. Two puppies fell into a dried well. Their mother ran near the well and started barking, and attracted the attention of the owner, who looked inside and to his surprise found a  king cobra at the bottom. But astonishingly, it didn’t pose any threat to the puppies. Moreover, the cobra looked after the puppies, by not allowing them to cross to the other side, where they could possibly drown, when the well is filled with water.

They spent around two days together at the bottom and in these 48 hours the cobra remained quietly next to them. When help finally arrived from the forest department, the cobra slithered to the other end of the well. The puppies were not injured at all in that process and the cobra was caught and taken into the woods and was released into the wild. This unbelievable incident proves that even the most deadliest of creatures understand what cohabitation is. .. what empathy is!

Mark Twain once wrote tongue in cheek about two cages. In the first were placed a cat, some doves, a dog,  rabbit, a fox, a goose, a squirrel and a monkey. In the other cage were kept men of all religions - two days later it was found that the animals were all living in peace and calm and the men in the second cage were in chaos of gory destruction - none alive. Animals which we consider as inferior had the ability to cope and handle conflict and dissent but men the supposedly superior species ended fighting to establish each one's supremacy over the other.

It is said that one who wants his garden to be tidy does not reserve a spot for weeds - but we humans seem to reserve a spot in our hearts exclusively for weeds - weeds of deceit, anger, jealousy and intolerance. The spot of these weeds will make one lose one’s  feelings of humanity and sensitivity and that gives the devil the opportunity to ensnare and rule. Once the mind gets under the reins of it, vulnerability and weakness will set in. There will be no chance to repent .

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