HONEST COW

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the honesty of cow is seen here , this is a kannada legend poem , translated by PRERAN.S.G. best story converted to song.

Submitted: July 14, 2018

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Submitted: July 14, 2018

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THE HOLY COW (POEM)  -PRERAN.S.G

  1. In the middle of earth,

Magnificent Karnataka, lived a shepherd

Named backwarth, under the young mango tree

Playing the flute by thee child.

Then, he called one by one,

Sofia come here, Alice come here

Riya come here, soice come here said the shepherd

Hearing the shepherds voice, all cows come and filled

The buckets with milk.

Soice believed that ‘TRUTH IS GOD’

 

2.In the dark cave there lived a tiger named Arunta.

He had spread his wrath all over the woods,

Due to his wrath all cows divided and ran away.

A cow named Soice got caught,

Then it remembered her calf and said

I’ll give milk to my calf and come back.

I got my food as you, I will not leave you, then Arunta blocked Soice and started rounding around her.

Soice believed that ‘Truth is God’

 

3.I’ll fall on you and tear your stomach said the furious tiger.

The furious tiger please listen to me , I have got a calf who is just born.

I will go one minute and come back said the cow.

I am very hungry, you I will let you leave? you will not return

Truth is mother and father , Truth is my life and relation, If I don’t do according to my words , lord will not be happy.

Soice believed that ‘Truth is God’

AFTER COMING TO HOME , SOICE SAID TO CALF

4. I gave a promise to the raged tiger , that I will see you once and return to the tiger  my child

I will not sleep with anyone , I will not drink other milk , I will not live with others said the calf.

Mothers , sisters and one who have got birth from our mothers , please look after my calf in my absence said the cow. If the child comes in front don’t pierce him , if he comes back don’t kick him please lookafter him like your child.

Soice believed that ‘TRUTH IS GOD’

AFTER COMING OUTSIDE WHILE LEAVING.

5.  you have become an orphan, I am going to the mouth of thee tiger Arunta

The relation between you and me ends now, saying this Soice hugged the calf.

She left her own child and other cows giving up the last chance , went to the tigers den and said.

Eat my meat , drink my blood, furious tiger tear my flesh and be happy.

Hearing the Soice’s words, tiger got emotional and tears came and said you are not my kind but If I kill you I have belief that lord will not be happy .

Saying this the tiger jumped off the cliff and gave his life.

Soice believed that ‘Truth Is God’

AFTER COMING BACK TO HOME .

6. happy soice gave milk to her calf, shepherd was also happy.

In the history of cows and shepherd , in the history of all new years the story is remembers often .

‘O the lord is great and greatful’

‘O the lord is great and greatful’

‘O the lord is great and greatful’

 

STORY SOURCE – FOLKSTORY

SONG – FOLKSONG

TRANSLATED BY – PRERAN.S.G.

THE HOLY COW ( STORY VERSION )

Once upon a time, in a little village in Karnataka, there lived a herd of cows. Every morning, leaving their little calves behind in the safety of the village, the cows would follow their cowherd, Kalinga, up the hill to graze on the fresh green grass that grew there. And every evening, having eaten their fill, the cows would return to the village and to their calves.

Close by the meadow where the cows grazed was a dense forest.  One day, as the cows browsed lazily in the sunshine, a tiger called Arbhuta came by and saw them. This tiger, once strong and brave, had now become old and weak. He had been unable to catch any prey for weeks, and was very hungry. So when he saw the herd of cows grazing peacefully in the meadow, he was overjoyed. ‘I am sure I can catch one those fat cows for my dinner,’ he thought, and hiding behind a rock, he waited for his chance.

As evening fell, Kalinga gathered the cows together and the herd set off for home.  The tiger prepared to pounce, and as the cows passed by the rock behind which he lay concealed, he jumped out with a loud roar. The cows squealed in fright and ran helter-skelter back to their village. But there was one cow who was slower than the rest. She was called Punyakoti, and was the gentlest and most beautiful of all the cows in the herd.

The tiger pounced on Punyakoti and caught her. He was about to kill her with a bite of his powerful jaws, when Punyakoti spoke up. ‘Tiger, sire, do not kill me just now,’ said the cow. ‘I have a little calf in the village who is waiting for me. He must be hungry and needs his evening meal. Please let me go back to my calf tonight, and once I have fed him, I promise that I will return to you. Then you can eat me.’

The tiger sat back in surprise. He had killed many animals in his long life, and while many of them had pleaded with him for their lives, no one had ever promised to come back! ‘Do you take me for a fool?’ he roared, annoyed. ‘If I let you go, you will never return! No, I will kill you and eat you now.’

‘Sire, I ask you this favour not for me, but for my poor hungry calf. He must be wondering where his mother is. Let me go back to him, feed him one last time and say goodbye to him. I promise that I will come back,’ said Punyakoti again.

Despite himself, Arbhuta was moved by the cow’s plea. ‘Alright, go back to your calf and come back to me,’ he said. ‘I will wait here for you.

Punyakoti ran back to the village as fast as she could, and to the cowshed where her calf waited. The calf was frightened and hungry – all the other cows had come home, all except his mother. He ran, trembling in distress, to his mother.  Punyakoti soothed him and licked him and fed him. When the little calf had drunk all the milk that he could, she told him of the incident in the forest and her promise to the tiger.

‘Don’t go back, mother, please stay with me,’ wailed the little calf.

‘I must go back, my child,’ explained Punyakoti gently. ‘I have given my word, and you would not want your mother to break a promise, would you?’

The little calf was miserable, but didn’t know what to say or how to save his mother from the tiger.

Punyakoti then gathered all the other cows together, and explaining where she was going, asked them to look after her calf. The other cows, too, begged her to stay, but Punyakoti only said, ‘I have made a promise, and I must keep that.’ And bidding a final goodbye to her little calf, she left.

Meanwhile, Arbhuta the tiger had grown even hungrier. He was cursing himself for a fool to have let his dinner go, when he saw Punyakoti walking up the hill towards him.  He could not believe his eyes.

‘Here I am, as I promised,’ said the cow, coming up to the tiger.  ‘I have fed my calf for the last time, and said good bye to him, and the other cows have promised to look after him. So now you may kill me and eat me.’

Arbhuta, moved and humbled by Punyakoti’s courage and honesty, shook his massive head. ‘I cannot eat you,’ he said. ‘It is better that I die of hunger than eat someone as good and truthful as you.’ And so saying, he jumped off the cliff of mountain.

Punyakoti returned to her little calf, who was overjoyed to see her, and the two lived happily ever after.

 


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