Ages ago, there was a beautiful and dense forest
known as Jetavana at Savatthi
in India . Buddha, in those days, was staying in
that peaceful forest. One day, some people came
running to Buddha and said, “O' great one, an
owl has gone crazy. It is chasing crows and
killing them!” Buddha said,
“You all know that crows and owls are sworn
enemies. They just cannot stand each other.”
“But, why?” asked someone. Buddha
then told them the story how owls and crows
The story of their animosity dates back to the
earliest of times. One day, all living beings
got together to choose their king. Humans chose
a perfect, healthy and handsome man to lead them
as king. The animals looked for the strongest
and royal animal, and found no one better than
the lion. So, the lion was named the king of the
animals. When it came to the fishes, they chose
a beautiful and large fish named Ananda.
Birds have many beautiful species. So, they had
a tough time choosing the best among them all.
Finally, they decided to name the wise owl as
their king. All birds seemed to like the choice
except the crow. When the owl's name was
announced, the crow did not like it and he
started to protest loudly. The crow shouted,
“How can you make an angry-looking bird our
king? Do we not have any wiser and better
choices?” The crow's comments hit the red-faced
owl hard. He got mad with anger. The crow saw
that and flew away. The owl chased the crow, and
ever since owls and crows are enemies.
The birds did not like the owl's behavior and
decided to choose another bird. They finally
crowned the beautiful and graceful swan their
king, who was none other than the Buddha.
Anger makes you lose control over yourself,
causing harm to others and yourself too.