Siddhaarth and Devadatt
This is one story about Buddha’s compassion towards animals. This story is of his childhood when he was only a Prince. At that time his name was Siddhaarth.
One day the Prince Siddhaarth was playing on the grounds of his palace when a wounded water-bird fell at his feet. It had been shot by an arrow sent by his cousin, Devadatt, who was a great hunter.
As the bird lay there on the ground, Siddhaarth bent down and stroked the wounded bird with compassion, gently pulling out the arrow from its wound and tending it.
Soon his cousin also came looking for the bird, and when he saw it in Siddhaarth’s arms he said – “That bird belongs to me. I have killed it, give it to me.”
The Prince refused to give it back to him saying that if he had killed that
bird, he had saved it.
Some of them said – “The bird belongs to Devadatt because he saw it first
and was able to bring it down.”
Then the others realized that this was true that the “life saver” is greater
than the “life taker”, and gave that water-bird to Siddhaarth, who kept it
with him and looked after it with loving gentleness.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 05/09/04 | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | Modified on 01/05/13