day as Lord Mahävir was going from one place to another,
he stopped near a big tree to meditate. While he was meditating,
a cow herder came there with his cows. He needed someone to look
after the cows, so he could run some errands. He asked Mahävir
Swami if he would look after the cows for a few hours. Lord Mahävir
was in deep meditation and did not hear the cow herder. However,
the cow herder went away thinking that Lord Mahävir had heard
him and will look after the cows.
the meantime, the cows started wandering away, looking for and
grazing grass. A few hours later, the cow herder returned and
found all his cows missing. He asked Mahävir Swami, "Where
are my cows? What did you do with them?” Lord Mahävir
was still in meditation and did not reply. The cow herder started
wondering. "Where could they be?” Since Lord Mahävir
did not reply, the cow herder searched for them everywhere, but
could not find them. While he was looking for the cows, cows returned
to the place where Mahävir Swami was meditating.
the cow herder came back, to his amazement, all his cows were
standing near Lord Mahävir. Mahävir Swami was still
meditating. The cow herder became very angry with Lord Mahävir,
because he thought that Lord Mahävir was hiding his cows.
So, he took out his rope and was about to whip Mahävir Swami
with it. Just then, an angel from heaven came down and held the
you see that Lord Mahävir is in deep meditation?” Asked
he tricked me!" said the cow herder. The angel replied, "He
is a God. He does not care for your cows or anything else in this
world. He was in meditation and did not hear you. He did not do
anything to your cows. You would have gotten bad karmas for hurting
cow herder realized that he had made a mistake. He apologized
to Lord Mahävir and went away silently. The angel went back
to heaven feeling happy that he could stop Lord Mahävir’s
didn't have any bad feelings towards the cow herder, because he
held no anger towards anyone.
should not make hasty decisions, because we can be wrong. One
should think from all perspectives before acting. Secondly, we
should also not hurt anyone for any reason, and should forgive
instead of displaying anger. This is the way we can stop new karmas
from coming to our soul.