Translated from a Kannada Post that I received
It was not so warm day and the Sultan decided to take a boat ride with his subjects. He took his ferocious and ugly looking pet dog, Tippu along with him and reach the banks of the river.
There were many others on the boat, including a philosopher.
Since it was the first time for Tippu on a boat, it began to behave strangely and started running helter skelter on the boat.
This unsettled other passengers and induced fear in them too. The boatsman was getting worried too. If too many passengers out of fear start moving away from their places to avoid the dog, the balance would be lost there was a chance that it would capsize.
However, since it was Sultan’s dog, no one dared to speak aloud. Even Sultan was getting fed up and furious with Tippu’s behaviour. The calm philosopher was watching all these from a distance and walks up to the Sultan and says, “Jahanpanah! if you wish and order me to do so, I have a way to calm down Tippu, make him sit in a corner with his tail tucked between his legs” Sultan immediately agrees to this.
The philosopher then calls a couple of able bodied men and with their help lifts Tippu and throw him into the water. Everyone including the Sultan was shocked. Tippu kept swim and makes valiant but futile efforts to get back on to the boat. After a while, the philosopher with the help of people pulls Tippu back on board.
Tippu realised the dangers of water and ability of that to even kill him. More importantly it also realised that it needs the protection of the boat to stay safe. He retreats to a corner and sits down tucking his tail. Everybody’s journey thereafter becomes comfortable and peaceful too.
Sultan who was surprised at everything that happened asks the Philosopher, “What was the secret? How did Tippu, a dog transform itself from a rattled, uneasy and restless to a calm and composed being”
The philosopher replies, “Those who never experience the difficulties or pain themselves will never appreciate the pain of others. They also don’t realise the value of comfort zone it was in, until it faces the dangers. Experiencing it first hand make them realise the heaven they were in that they were complaining about”
Those who keep cribbing about Intolerance, or those who claim to be living in mortal fear, such Tippus should be dropped in Syria or Iraq for a while. It is only then that value of the protected and comfortable life that India with absolute freedom affords that no other place in the world can provide, would be appreciated.
Dedicated to those Obnoxious and vile “Two legged” Tippus, who enjoy everything but keep cribbing about, and work against India.
Nice Story with a great message. So relevant to our times.