In a field far away lived a dung beetle. All day it remained immersed
in cow dung, lazing around. His favorite pastime was to make balls
of cow dung and play with them. "Surely, this is heaven," he would
think to himself every day.
One day, as he lay there as usual, a bee came buzzing around. "Hello
there, Mr. Beetle!" The beetle responded excitedly and said, "Look,
we are both insects! We could be best friends!"
The bee was not
happy with that suggestion. "We cannot be friends! You lie in that
foul-smelling dung all day! And I live in the king's garden!"
continued the bee, "I am surrounded by lovely fragrances and
enchanting flowers! How can you ever be my equal?" The dung beetle
pleaded with him. "Is it not the duty of great personalities like
you to think and act for the poor ones like me? Where would we
helpless souls be without your help?"
The bee was moved by this argument. "You are right, beetle come with
me, and I'll show you wonderful things!" The beetle climbed onto the
bee's back and flew to the king's garden.
The two became friends and flew over the pretty garden. The beetle
was enchanted by the sights he saw. "It's the most beautiful garden
I have ever seen!” After awhile, the bee got tried and flew to the
pond. He set the beetle down on a lotus. "Rest here awhile, my
friend and I'll be back soon," he said, flying away.
The beetle soon fell asleep, lulled by the fragrant lotus petals.
But, the bee did not return on time, and soon night fell. The petals
of the lotus closed around the beetle while he slept, trapping him.
The next morning before the petals of the flower could open; a
priest came to the pond and plucked the lotus.
He carried the lotus to the temple, and placed it on an idol of God.
The beetle was still locked within the lotus. The flower remained on
the idol the whole day. The next day, the priest removed the flower
and threw it into the holy Ganges River.
The lotus floated in the river for a while, and when the sun's rays
touched it, it finally opened its petals. And there was the dung
beetle, safe and sound!
When he looked around, he saw his friend, bee, buzzing nearby. The
bee was overjoyed to see the dung beetle. "I've been looking for you
for three days! Where have you been?"
Replied the beetle, "Thanks to you, I've had the most marvelous
time! First, I was enjoying life on the lotus I rested on. It felt
like heaven! And then, I was offered to God along with the lotus.
And finally, I had the good fortune to bathe in the holy Gaga! It is
true, my friend, blessed are we lowly mortals when we have great
friends like you!"
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