The Fortunate Fish
Once upon a time, King Brahmadatta had a very wise adviser who understood the speech of animals. He understood what they said, and he could speak to them in their languages.
One day the adviser was wandering along the riverbank with his followers. They came upon some fishermen who had cast a big net into the river. While peering into the water, they noticed a big handsome fish who was following his pretty wife.
Her shining scales reflected the morning sunlight in all the colors of the rainbow. Her feather-like fins fluttered like the delicate wings of a fairy, as they sent her gliding through the water. It was clear that her husband was so entranced by the way she looked and the way she moved, that he was not paying attention to anything else!
As they came near the net, the wife fish smelled it. Then she saw it and alertly avoided it at the very last moment. But her husband was so blinded by his desire for her, that he could not turn away fast enough. Instead, he swam right into the net and was trapped!
The fishermen pulled in their net and threw the big fish onto the shore.
They built a fire, and carved a spit to roast him on.
'My wife! My wife! I must be with my wife! I care for her much more than for my life!
'My wife! My wife! I must be with my wife! I care for her much more than for my life!"'
The adviser thought, "Truly this fish has gone crazy. He is in this
terrible state because he became a slave to his own desire. And it is
clear that he has learned nothing from the results of his actions. If he
dies keeping such agony, and the desire that caused it, in h is mind, he
will surely continue to suffer by being reborn in some hell world.
Therefore, I must save him!"
Then the fish realized how fortunate he was to have found such a friend. He thanked him for his wise advice. The minister released the lucky fish back into the river, and went on his way.
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