Shri Krishna, the king of
Dwarka, was very bold. Even though he was a brave person, he was kind at
heart. Whenever he saw anybody suffering, he tried to relieve their pain.
Everyone praised him for
his kindness, even the heavenly angels. One day the king of the heavenly
angels told all the other angels that there were many people who were
compassionate, but there was no one comparable to Shri Krishna.
After hearing that, one of
the angels decided to test Shri Krishna's compassion. He assumed the form
of a miserable dog and laid down on the main road in the city of Dwarka.
The dog was starving and was lying restless. The bones of his body were
showing. His teeth were protruding out of his mouth. He was crying because
of the pain. There was blood all over his stinking body. His foul smell
caused many people to start using other roads.
One day, Shri Krishna
passed on that road. He saw the restless, screaming dog. He felt pity for
him and without minding the foul smell, he went near him. He talked to him
with affection. He wiped the blood with his clothes and torn them for
making bandages for the dog.
The heavenly angel said to
himself, Shri Krishna is really a kind king. He resumed his true form and
praised Shri Krishna for his kindness.
The moral of the story is
that we should try to be kind, like Shri Krishna. We should help everyone,
whether they are humans, animals,
birds, or any other living
being, who is suffering. Nobody likes pain or suffering. We should be
helpful. By helping others, we acquire good karma called "Punya."
1) What kind of person was Shri Krishna?
2) What was the heavenly angel testing?
3) What did Shri Krishna do when he saw the
restless dog screaming?
4) What do we learn from this?