The Tale of the Two Parrots
This is a story of two parrots, who loved to
travel far and wide in search of food and visit
new places. These two beautiful birds were
brothers named Radha and Potthapada. Once, they
entered the palace gardens and were caught in a
trap laid for birds. Both Radha and Potthapada
were brought before the king, who just could not
keep his eyes off the stunning birds. The king
ordered his men that the birds be kept in a
special cage made of gold. They were fed the
choicest foods everyday.
Radha and Potthapada were the toast of the
king’s palace. Royal guests would stand by the
golden cage and admire the birds. Life was very
comfortable for them until the day a huge ape
was brought to the palace. The ugly ape was
named Kalabahu. Soon, all attention that was
reserved for the parrots was now Kalabahu’s.
People had not seen such a huge ape before.
Kalabahu became the center of attraction of all
the royal guests and palace officials. They
would pour in to have a good look at the ape and
his antics that made everyone roar with
laughter. As a result, both the parrots started
feeling neglected. Nobody cared whether they
were fed on time or not.
Potthapada, the younger of the two parrots, was
deeply hurt. He confided in his elder brother,
“Let us leave here and go elsewhere. Nobody
cares for us anymore.” Radha, wiser of the two,
replied, “Potthapada, my brother, do not feel so
sad. Attention, praise and blame, and honor and
dishonor are temporary facets of life. Soon,
people will get tired of the ape’s antics and
know your true worth.”
And, sure enough, people started disliking the
ape, as he began misbehaving and fooling around
a bit too much. The king also found his acts
offensive, and ordered Kalabahu to be sent back
to the forest. People started paying all their
attention to the well-behaved and beautiful
parrots once again. And, did you know who the
intelligent Radha was? He was Buddha in one of
his earlier births.
Moral: True worth and ability are
always given their due ultimately.