Cruel "no" , but really a great sacrifice
(Based on the tamil writing of my face book friend Sri Guru Moorthi. Thanks are due to him.)
On the banks of one torrential river ,
There were two huge Banyan trees.
Once a sparrow approached the first tree.
And asked, “Can I build a nest on you,
So that I can lay my eggs and nurture my kids.”
For some strange reason that Banyan tree ,
Said , “NO” and the poor sparrow ,
Approached the other tree by its side,
And that tree with great joy and grace ,
Told “By all means , I would enjoy having you.”
Soon the rainy season started with all its fury,
And the river could not contain its waters within its shores,
And there was a very huge flood and in that flood,
Only the banyan tree which said no to the poor sparrow,
Got uprooted and started flowing in the river water.
Then the sparrow thought , “Great and deserving punishment ,
For the inhospitable and cruel huge tree “
But that tree which was flowing in the water thought,
“My roots were weak and I was expecting this in this season.,
And not wanting the sparrows kids to get killed , “I said no,”
The great ones who want good to all the world ,
Do not show their goodness to the world like that banyan tree .
Like many of our relations who give up all they have to keep us safe.
Our in laws who say “no” and send us to a separate home after marriage,
And our parents who sacrifice all their wealth to make us happy are like that.
To many of us , who think more about our own safety and comfort,
It may appear as if such people are cruel and selfish ,
When they tell us “No” to many of our wants and requests,
But they are really Gods who can think without selfishness,
And do us great help so that we are always joyous and comfortable.