The tiger had had a good day at hunting and had eaten to his heart’s content.

Now he wanted a drink of water and made his way to a pool.

A young pig was drinking at the pool and when he saw the tiger approaching, froze in terror.

But the tiger ignored him and bent to drink, only to recoil in disgust — the water smelt foul.

He decided to go to another pool.

The pig, puzzled by his behaviour, jumped to the conclusion that the tiger was going away without drinking, out of fear of him.

Suddenly feeling as strong as an elephant, he ran after the tiger and challenged him to a fight. “Not today,” said the tiger, looking over his shoulder.

“Meet me here tomorrow and we’ll fight.”

The pig took his reluctance to fight as further evidence of his fear of him and his spirits soared.

He rushed home and began to boast that soon he would be king of the jungle instead of the tiger.

When his family and friends heard he had challenged the tiger, they were appalled.

They guessed why the tiger had turned away from the pool, and took the pig to task for his foolish action.

The pig soon realized that he had made a terrible mistake and was seized by a cold panic.

Seeing his distress, his aged grandfather hastily worked out a plan to save him.

“Keep your appointment with the tiger,” he advised his grandson.

“otherwise he will come here looking for you and slaughter us all. But before going to meet him, roll in the dirt and mud so that you stink to high heaven.”

Came the day of the big fight. The pig rolled in the mud and in elephant’s dung and in all the other rubbish he could find and then went to meet the tiger.

The tiger was waiting impatiently for him, but when the dirty pig drew near, stepped back in disgust.

“What have you done to yourself?” he snarled. “You…you stink! Yeecch!”

He had come with the thought of feasting on delicious pig meat, but now he felt nauseated and his appetite vanished.

“I’ve come to fight,” squeaked the pig, stepping forward.

“Get away from me!” growled the tiger. “Go!”

The pig turned and ran.

The dirty pig and his family and friends realised that being dirty was good for them, so they began to wallow in mud every day before going out. They continue to do so to this day!

Cleverness can save the lives.


Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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