The Limping Fox – Source: Rumi

The Limping Fox

A fox who lived in the deep forest long ago, had lost its front legs. No one knew how, perhaps while escaping from a trap. A man who lived on the edge of the forest, seeing the fox from time to time, wondered how it managed to get its food. One day, when the fox was not far from him, he had to hide himself quickly, because of an approaching tiger. The tiger had fresh game in its claws. Lying down on the ground, it ate its fill, leaving the rest for the fox.

Again the next day the Great Provider sent provisions to the fox through the same tiger. The man began to think, “ If this fox is taken care of in this mysterious way, its food sent by some unseen higher power, why don’t I just rest in a corner, and have my daily meal provided for me?”

Because he had a lot of faith, he let the days pass, waiting for food. Nothing happened. He just went on losing weight and strength until he was almost reduced to a skeleton. Close to losing consciousness, he heard a voice which said, “O you, who have mistaken the way, see now the truth! You should have followed the example of that tiger instead of imitating the disabled fox.”

Source: Rumi

Interpreted by Ketan Shah

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COMMENT

Let us remember to choose the right role models for us to progress on the path of wisdom. Faith is not an excuse for laziness, but a strength for activity.  Focus on the strong and not the weak.

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