The Devoted Frog
Once upon a time, there
lived a merchant named Nagdatta in the city of Rajagriha. His wife's name
was Bhavdatta. They both loved each other, but the merchant had too much
affection for his wife. Unfortunately the merchant died one day. His wife
wept, cried, and mourned. The merchant, because of his Karma, was reborn
as a frog. Incidentally he was reborn into his own well.
One day when Bhavdatta came
to get the water from the well, the frog saw her and he suddenly
remembered his past life. Now he knew who he was, he felt very happy. He
started dancing and followed Bhavdatta. He followed her into the house.
She felt sympathetic for him. She put him on the out side so that he would
not get crushed, but the frog came back. Wherever Bhavdatta went, he
followed her. This continued for many months.
One day Bhavdatta went to
pay reverence to a monk named Suvrat. The frog followed her there. After
paying her homage to the monk, the curious Bhavdatta asked him about the
frog. She said that the frog had been following her for many months.
This monk was not an
ordinary monk. He was an Avadhijnani. That means he can know something up
to some distance. He knew who the frog was. He told Bhavdatta that her
husband after his death was reborn as the frog. He had remembered his past
life and he knew that she was his wife. So, out of affection he was
Bhavdatta picked up the
frog gently, and took him home. She started taking good care of the frog.
After a few days Bhavdatta
heard that Lord Mahavir had come to the nearby mountain, Vipulachal, and
he was there in Samavsaran. Almost everyone in the town including the king
was going to pay their homage to him. Bhavdatta joined others towards the
Samavsaran. When the frog heard this news, he went hopping along with
everybody. People saw him under their feet, so they tried to place him off
the road. They did not know that he wanted to go and see Lord Mahavir. He
kept going with the crowd, and while doing so, he was crushed under the
foot of an elephant, and he died.
Since his thoughts were
highly devotional and he was so eager to see Lord Mahavir, he earned good
karma (Punya), and was reborn as angel in heaven with many capabilities.
With his special power, he looked back at his past lives and remembered
the whole incident and his desire to see Lord Mahavir. In order to fulfill
that desire, he came to the earth to pay homage to Lord Mahävira and then
returned to heaven.
The moral of the story is
that attachment should be given up. The second moral is that if a creature
like a frog can have devotion, we should have devotion. This devotion
leads to the spiritual uplift of the soul.
1) What happened to the
merchant after he died?
2) Why did the frog
following Bhavdatta every where she went?
3) How did she treat the
frog in the beginning?
4) How did she find out who
the frog was?
5) How did she treat the
frog later on? why?
6) Why was the frog hopping
on the road?
7) What happened to the