Long ago, the Lion was the only
animal with a tail. One
day he decided that all animals should have a tail like him and got
tails made for all the animals in his kingdom.
When the tails
were ready he summoned all his subjects to his cave palace so that he
could hand out the appendages. All
the animals went except the dassie.
The dassie felt too lazy to go and asked a monkey going by to
fetch his tail for him.
The Lion had
selected a small furry tail for the dassie. When the monkey explained
that the dassie could not come and had asked him to bring the tail,
the Lion gave it to him.
The monkey has
given a nice long tail as he was going home it occurred to him that
the tail would look better if it were a bit furry towards the end.
So he attached the dassie’s tail to it.
The dassie was
very disappointed when he learnt that the monkey had kept his tail for
himself, but he was too lazy to pursue the monkey to try to get his
tail back and that is why he remains tailless to this day.
Be a lamp!
You must be
your own lamp,
Be your own
Take refuge in
nothing outside yourselves.
Hold firmly to
the Dharma as a lamp and a refuge
Do not look for
refuge to anything besides yourselves.
From the Nirvana Sutra