The snake and the monk

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: October 26, 2017

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Submitted: October 26, 2017



Folk story: ( I don't expect to win this but I want you to only read and learn the morals of this story - sorry, I'm 12 years old so I may not be too good)


In a village in Nepal, there lived a venomous snake who used to always attack people as soon as he saw one. Lots of deaths had been occurring and everyone was very very scared. One day, a monk came walking by when he sat yo have a rest. Suddenly, he saw the snake that everyone feared of. The snake was hissing at him but he didn't have a change of emotion. He was calm and pleasent. "Why do you attack people when they do nothing to you? Why do you do this? Do you know how many people have died because of you?" The monk asked. The snake thought and felt very guilty. He then said, "I'm so sorry, I won't do it again." The monk smiled and went from the tree.

Then on, the snake never bit, hurt or hissed at anyone. Day by day, the villagers got less scared and started thinking it was weak. Girls and boys threw stones at him, villagers hit him with sticks, poured hot water on him, tortured him like he wasn't even alive. He got weaker and weaker until he nearly gave up on life. 

The next day, the same monk came by, he saw the snake's poor health and asked him what happened. "You had told me to never hurt a person, so I didn't, look what happened now," replied the snake. The monk fringed and and stared at him cautiously. "Itold you to not attack anyone but you can defense yourself by hissing at them. That way you and the people would be alive," exclaimed the monk.


- Sreshtha Bose

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