Once upon a time, there was a flock of doves that flew in search of food led by their king. One day, they had flown a long distance and were very tired. The dove king encouraged them to fly a little further. The smallest dove picked up speed and found some
rice scattered beneath a banyan tree. So all the doves landed and began
Suddenly a net fell over them and
they were all trapped. They saw a hunter approaching carrying a huge club.
The doves desperately fluttered their wings trying to get out, but to no
The king had an idea. He advised
all the doves to fly up together carrying the net with them. He said that
there was strength in unity.
Each dove picked up a portion of
the net and together they flew off carrying the net with them. The hunter
looked up in astonishment. He tried to follow them, but they were flying
high over hills and valleys. They flew to a hill near a city of temples
where there lived a mouse who could help them. He was a faithful friend
of the dove king.
When the mouse heard the loud noise
of their approach, he went into hiding. The dove king gently called out
to him and then the mouse was happy to see him. The dove king explained
that they had been caught in a trap and needed the mouse's help to gnaw
at the net with his teeth and set them free.
The mouse agreed saying that he would
set the king free first. The king insisted that he first free his subjects
and the king last. The mouse understood the king's feelings and compled
with his wishes. He began to cut the net and one by one all the doves were
freed including the dove king.
They all thanked the mouse and flew
away together, united in their strength.