King, Falcon and the Farmer


Courtesy: Raghu, a close family friend

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia.

He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to get them trained. Months passed and one day the head falconery informed the king …..that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its branch.

Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself… “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.”

In the morning the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.”

The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?”

With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, “It was very easy, your highness……I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.”

We are all made to fly …….to realise our incredible potential as human beings….. But at times we sit in our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered.

We confine to the familiar, ‘comfort zone’, so most part of our lives are mediocre… instead of being exciting, thrilling and fulfilling…….

So let us learn to destroy the branch of laziness or fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight!!!

Celebrate Life.

Courtesy: Raghu, a close family friend

Cheers,

Vijay Srinivasan
9th November 2014

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