MAHAVIR AND THE COW HERDER
One day as Lord Mahavir was going from one place to another, he stopped near a big tree, outside the village, to meditate. While he was meditating, a cow herder came there with his cows. He needed someone to look after the cows, so he could run some errands. He asked Mahavirswami if he would look after the cows for a few hours. Lord Mahavir was in deep meditation, and did not hear the cow herder. However, the cow herder went away thinking that Lord Mahavir had heard him and will look after the cows.
In the meantime, the cows started wandering away, looking for and grazing grass. A few hours later, the cow herder returned and found all his cows missing. He asked Mahavirswami, “Where are my cows? What did you do with them?” Lord Mahavir was still in meditation and did not reply. The cow herder started wondering. “Where could they be?” Since Lord Mahavir did not reply, the cow herder searched for them everywhere in the valley, but could not find them. While he was looking for the cows, they returned to the place where Mahavirswami was meditating.
When the cow herder came back, to his amazement, all his cows were standing near Lord Mahavir. Mahavirswami was still meditating. The cow herder became very angry at Lord Mahavir, because he thought that Lord Mahavir was hiding his cows. So, he took out his rope and was about to whip Mahavirswami with it. Just then, an angel from heaven came down and held the rope.
“Can’t you see that Lord Mahavir is in deep meditation?” asked the angel.
“But he tricked me!” said the cow herder. The angel replied, “He is a God. He does not care for your cows or anything else in this world. He was in meditation and did not hear you. He did not do anything to your cows. You would have gotten bad karmas for hurting him.”
The cow herder realized that he had made a mistake. He apologized to Lord Mahavir and went away silently. The angel went back to heaven feeling happy that he could stop Lord Mahavir’s suffering.
Mahavir didn’t have any bad feelings towards the cow herder, because he held no anger towards anyone.
We should not make hasty decisions, because we can be wrong. We should also not hurt anyone, and should observe forgiveness instead of anger. This way we can stop new karmas from coming to our soul.