Folk Tale: Haste makes Waste


Article No. 2085

Written by London swaminathan
Date : 19 August  2015
Time uploaded in London :– 19-44

Indian villagers are very clever; they may be illiterates, but they are full of age old wisdom. Indians could hardly tell a story without introducing some proverbs into it.  They taught high principles through stories and proverbs.  For every proverb they have several stories. It differs from region to region and language to language. Here is a story about a parrot and a poison tree.

A king was very fond of parrots. He raised lot of parrots in his palace garden. One day all the parrots from the king’s garden flew to the paradise. There they found a fruit that will give back the youth to anyone. One of the parrots picked up one seed of that miraculous tree and gave it to the king. The parrot told him to plant it in the garden so that the king can eat it when the fruit comes. King became so happy and he placed the parrot in a special golden cage and looked after it very well.


The king did plant it in the garden and the tree gave fruits in a few years’ time. King plucked one fruit from the tree and gave it to an old man to see whether it brings back the youth to that old man. But he died immediately. The reason was that an eagle that killed a poisonous snake pecked at the fruit. So the fruit was poisoned. But the king did not know it. Without trying to find out the cause of death of the old man, the king became very angry and thought that someone set the parrot to kill him by giving a poisonous fruit. He went to the special cage, took the parrot and dashed it to the ground. The parrot had a miserable death.


A few months later, a farmer decided to kill his wife because she became very old and ugly. Since he knew the story of the poisonous tree, he picked up a fruit and gave to his wife with the intention of killing her. To his surprise, she suddenly became a beautiful 16 year old girl. In those days any valuable item found or any unusual miracle happens, immediately the person reports it to the king. Kings used to reward them for such things. So he ran to the king and reported the miraculous fruit tree to the king. Now the king realised his mistake in killing the parrot. The parrot was right about the fruit tree. But the king acted in haste. He regretted his hasty action.

This is Heaven! Beautiful Description in Mahabharata!!


by S.Nagarajan

Post No 1633; Dated 8th February 2015


In Vana Parva of Mahabharata , Heaven is described very beautifully. (Chapter 262 Mahabharata in Tamil) . Given below is a brief description of the chapter.


Once the great Sage Durvasa came to meet Rishi Mudgala. Mudgala received him with great reverence and offered him food. While they were talking a celestial messanger appeared before Mudgala and invited him to come along with him in his chariot to go to Swarka loka.


Mudgala asked him what constitutes happiness in heaven and what are the disadvantages thereof?


The celestial messenger was wonderstruck with these questions because everybody will jump on to his chariot once they are invited whereas this rishi is asking about the merits and demerits of heaven!


He addressed him as an unwise person and described him about the Heaven as follows:


” The region called Heaven exists there above us. Those regions tower high and are furnished with excellent paths and are always ranged by celestial cars.  Atheists  and untruthful persons and those that have not practiced ascetic austerities and those that have not performed great sacrifices cannot come there.

Only men of virtuous souls and those of subdued spirits and those that have their faculties in subjection and those that have controlled their senses and those that are free from malice and persons intent on practice of charity ; and heroes and men bearing marks of battle after having with subdued senses and faculties, performed the meritorious rites attain those regions.

There are established separately myriads of beautiful shining and replendent worlds bestowing every object of desire owned by those celestial beings, the gods, the sadhyas, the Vaiswas, the great sages, Yamas, the Dharmas, the Gandharvas and the apsaras.

There is that monarch of mountains the golden Meru extending over a space of thirty-three thousand yojanas.


There are sacred gardens of celestials with Nandana at their head where sport the persons of meritorious acts.


And neither hunger, nor thirst, nor lassitude, nor fear, nor anything that is disgusting or inauspicious is there.


And all the odours of that place are delightful and the breezes delicious to the touch.


And all the sounds there are captivating to the ear and heart.

And neither grief, nor decrepitude, nor labour, nor repentance also is there. That world  obtained as the fruit of one’s own acts is of this nature.


Persons come there by virtue of their meritorious deeds. And the persons of those that dwell there look resplendent solely by virtue of their own acts and not owing to the merits of  their father or mothers.

golden himalayas

Who are Ribhus?


There is neither  sweat, stench nor urines.


There no one could soils one’s garments. And their excellent garlands redolent of divine fragrance never fade. They yoke such cars as the one I have brought now. Men live very happily there devoid of envy, grief , fatigue, ignorance and  malice.

Higher and higer over such regions there are others endued with higher celestial virtues – of these the beautiful and resplendent regions of Brahma.

Rishis  sanctified  by meritorious acts come to that  Brahma regions .

And there dwell certain beings named Ribhus. They are the gods of the gods themselves.


Their regions are supremely blessed and are adored even by the deities. These shine by their own light and bestow every object of desire.

They sufer no pangs that women might cause and do not possess worldly wealth and are free from guile.


The Ribhus do not subsist on oblations nor yet on ambrosia. They are endued with such celestial forms that they cannot be perceived by the senses. And these eternal gods of the celestials do not desire happiness for happiness’ sake, nor do they change at the revolution of a Kalpa.


For them there is neither ecstacy, nor joy, nor happiness. They have neither happiness nor misery. The number of those deities is thirty-three. Wise men come to these regions, after observing excellent vows or bestowed gifts according to the ordinance.


– Disadvantages of  the Heaven ,in the next article.