However, one day he surprised them all by announcing that he had decided to turn over a new leaf.
“No more cruelty, no more injustice,” he promised, and he was as good as his word. He became known as the ‘Gentle Monarch’. Months after his transformation one of his ministers plucked up enough courage to ask him what changed his heart. And the king answered, “As I was galloping through the forests, I caught sight of a fox being chased by a hound.
The fox escaped into his hole but not before the hound had bitten into its leg and lamed it for life. Later, I rode into a village and saw the same hound there. It was barking at a man. Even as I watched, the man picked up a huge stone and flung it at the dog, breaking its leg. The man had not gone far when he was kicked by a horse. His knee was shattered and he fell to the ground, disabled for life. The horse began to run but it fell into a hole and broke its leg. Reflecting on all that had happened, I thought: Evil begets evil. If I continue in my evil ways, I will surely be overtaken by evil.
So I decided to change. The minister went away convinced that the time was ripe to overthrow the king and seize the throne. Immersed in the thought, he did not see the steps in front of him and fell, breaking his neck. Cycle of Deeds always gives us back what we give to others. If we do good to others, good will happen to us too. If we do bad to others, our turn will also come.
MORAL: If we do good to others, good will happen to us too. If we do bad to others, our turn will also come.