which was already occupied by a bear. The tiger stopped at the foot of the big
tree, looked up and advised the bear to throw down the hunter, for the man was
the common enemy.
The bear refused, saying that a guest must be protected by
all means and he would not break the law of hospitality. With this high
thought, the bear closed his eyes and slept comfortably on the tree.
The tiger turned then to the man and asked him to push down
the sleeping bear. This the man did. The bear, however, being used to such
mishaps, caught another branch and saved himself.
|Virupaksha Temple – Hampi – Karnataka|
The tiger saw a fresh opening for his talent of persuasion.
“Look at this man. Is he not to be punished? Push him down at once said the
tiger to bear.”
Quietly and in accounts of benignity, the bear enunciated
the eternal code.
A righteous man ought not to be turned from the right by the
sin of a sinner.
The rule of honour is inviolable. Good men have only one
jewel, their unblemished conduct, and they must guard it, come what may.
Be they good men or bad, be they deserving of death, still
they must be pardoned and treated with mercy by one claiming to be a knower of
For no one is above error. So then let us give up the idea
of retaliation or retribution and abstain from injury to all.
Source – The Divine Life Magazine July 2013 – Article – Be
Good and Do Good by Sri Swami Yogaswarupananda