Some herons (looks like crane) standing in a bog saw a swan happening by.

They had never seen a swan before, and their curiosity was aroused.

“Why are your eyes, beak and red?”

One of the herons asked the swan.

“Because I’m a swan.” Swan replied.

Heron: “Well, where do you come from?”

Swan: “From the Mana-sarovara Lake.”

Heron: “And how are things over there?”

Swan:”The lake water is as clear as crystal and tastes like nectar. From it grows a garden of golden lotuses. All around are islands studded with jewels where beautiful trees, plants, fruits and flowers grow.”

The heron then asked,”But are there big snails here?”

“No,” the swan answered.

Smirking, the herons exchanged glances. Their spokesman told the swan with haughty finality,

“If it has no snails, it can hardly be called a lake. From what you say it is not a suitable place for connoisseurs like us. Thank you, swan, for all you’ve told us, but don’t expect us to follow you back home!”


Srila Prabhupada has come to transform herons and crow-like men into swans.  The Spiritual home of the paramahamsas is revealed in books like Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad gita. In order to enter that realm, we have to become like swans and lose our taste for snails.


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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