The Ass Carrying the Image

Once upon a time, there was a great festival in a temple. Thousands of people had come to see an image of God and were waiting in the streets. A Donkey was adorned in garlands and jewels and flowers and everything beautiful. On its back was a saddle and the saddle carried the image.

The devotees, the priests, the pages and the courtiers followed the donkey. The people and the priests threw flowers on the image. Many people fell on their knees and prayed to the image as the donkey crossed them.

The Donkey was very stupid and thought that the honour was for him. He held his head high and walked proudly. He thought that they were kneeling down for him. He thought that they were showering flowers on him. He thought that they were cheering for him.

The Donkey stopped and perked his ears, and brayed loudly. Much as the people behind coxed the Donkey, he did not move.


He was too proud and thought that everyone was here to worship him and he could do as he wanted.

The owner of the donkey understood what had happed and hit the donkey hard on its back with a sharp stick. The donkey howled in pain.

The owner said, “Go on, you stupid donkey. The honour was for the image and not for yourself.”

Moral: “Do not try to take the credit to yourself that is due to others.”

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