There was a huge tree. Many laughs lived on it.
Among them was a very grown swan, intelligent and very visionary. Everyone respected him and called him 'Tau'.
One day he found a small vine draping very low on the trunk of the tree. Tau called the other swans and said, Look, destroy this vine. One day this vine will take us all to death.
A young swan laughed and said, Tau, how will this little vine lead us to death?
Tau explained, Today it looks small to you. Gradually it will come up to the top by wrapping the entire trunk of the tree. Then the stem of the vine will start thickening and will stick to the tree, then it will become a ladder to climb the tree from bottom to top. Any hunter will climb up the ladder and reach us and we will be killed.
The other swan could not believe how a small vine would become a ladder.
The third swan said, Tau, you are stretching a small vine too long.
A goose murmured, this tau is making up an ant-shunt story to amuse his intelligence.
Thus no other swan took Tau's words seriously. Where was his wisdom to see so far?
Time kept on passing by.
The vine rolled up and reached the branches. The trunk of the vine began to thicken and literally became a ladder on the trunk of the tree. which could be easily climbed.
Everyone started seeing the truth of Tau's talk. But now nothing could be done because the vine had become so strong that it was not for the swans to destroy it.
One day when all the swans had gone out to pick the grain, then a fowler came there.
On seeing the ladder made on the tree, he climbed the tree and laid a trap and left.
In the evening all the swans returned and when they came down from the tree, they were badly caught in the fowler's net.
When they got caught in the net and started to flutter, they came to know about Tau's wisdom and foresight.
Everyone was ashamed for not listening to Tau and was cursing himself.
Uncle was annoyed and silent.
A swan dared to say, Tau, we are fools, but don't turn your back on us now.
The second swan said, only you can tell us the trick to get out of this crisis. We will not postpone your talk any further.
When all the swans agreed, Tau told them, listen carefully to me.
When the fowler comes in the morning, then pretend to be dead. The fowler will take you out of the net considering you to be dead and keep it on the ground. Remain dead there too. I'll blow the whistle as soon as he puts down the last goose. Everyone fly away on hearing my whistle.
Fowler came in the morning.
The swans did as Tau had explained.
In fact, the fowler mistook the swans as dead and threw them on the ground. With the sound of the whistle, all the swans flew away.
Fowler kept looking speechless. Seniors are the property of the home. He is our protector and guide. Just as a Peepal tree does not bear fruit in the courtyard, but it does give shade. In the same way, the elders of our house may not be able to support us financially, but from them we get to learn many things from their culture and experience.
The pride of the elderly family is that they are not any rubbish that should be thrown out of the family.
These elders, who water their relationships with their love, also need love and respect from children, not insult and contempt. These elders, who have put their lives at stake for the sake of their children, now need the love of their loved ones. If we give them respect and place in our family, then they will be benefitted. By not doing so, we are depriving our children of the love, sanskar, blessings and touch that can enrich their lives.
Remember, love may come from rent, but sanskars, blessings and blessings do not. We get all this from our parents only.
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