The young one of a bird was learning to fly. He often fell down and yet was trying his hard to fly. His mother would often help him out and give some practical tips to improve. And then one day, when he felt confident to fly alone, he decided to make a maiden trip to a nearby forest. As a caution and advice, the mother bird told the young one to be aware of the hunters who spread the grains and cast a net over it.
To ensure that he remembers it, the mother told him, ‘Repeat, “I will be aware of hunters, I will be aware of hunters. . .”
The young one repeated and flew off. In the evening, when he did not return, the mother bird, worried and anxious, went in search of him. After much flying around, she finally heard her young one’s voice. He was repeating, ‘I will be aware of hunters, I will be aware of hunters’ and was lying caught in the net which the hunter had laid!
That is our life, too. We repeat and reiterate our freedom but are often caught in the nets of our own passions and ego.
Source – Vedanta Kesari September 2015 Issue