Stranger in Forest
In the month of June, on one fine day it started lightening and thundering and then, raining. The pour was light, fresh and gentle. All the animals started dancing and singing in the summer rains. The fresh rain drops were sweetly perfumed with the fragrance of wild flowers and foliage. The hot and steamy summer day had suddenly turned into silky wet month. The chimps and baboons chattered in excitement on trees, and frogs croaked in waters. Slowly, the jungle was turning into enormous pool of water.
In the giant cave was elephantâ€™s abode. The elephant was deep in meditations while it poured heavily outside. The wise elephant saw strange view in its mental eye and silently murmured without opening its eyes. The white sage elephant stood up from its meditations and came out at the caveâ€™s opening and saw deep into dark clouds above and pools of water below and started warning animals of dangers ahead.
The animals were in habit of ridiculing sage elephant for pretending to be too wise and intelligent. The animals were happy dancing and singing in rains and thought, â€śSage elephant has gone old and crazy and asks everyone to travel north.â€ť The Elephant started towards north without bothering heavy rain and started singing its favorite song,
â€śI AM free from fear and doubt
Casting want and misery out
Knowing now all good supply
Ever comes from realms on high
I AM the hand of God’s own fortune
Flooding forth the treasures of light
Now receiving full abundance
To supply each need of life.â€ť
It rained and rained and there seemed no sign of cession of rains. It was pouring heavily and this torrential rain slowly flooded every part of forest and fertile regions in jungle. The flood resulting from heavy rains spread wide destruction all around. The animals perched themselves at whatever places they could hold and place themselves. When water receded, the animals were left with no option but to flee and thus happened mass exodus. The jungle witnessed wide scale starvation, disease and death.
The council of jungle: lion, cheetah, zebra, giraffe were worried. They could not do anything except see withering and dying flora and fauna. They were powerless in front of this natural calamity. The counsels held prayer meetings for asking Goddess for help in these trying circumstances. During prayers the king lion had a vision in which a voice was saying, â€śTravel North.â€ť
Guided by vision, all the animals started traveling north and saw a strange large and fearsome creature. It was deadly creature no one had seen before and animals were stunned from where it had come. The lion king was already exhausted by flooding and its ravages and thought that it was new trouble. Still lion managed to find courage and challenge this strange creature and said, â€śOh! Big animal! Why you dare to enter into jungle at this troubled time? I order you to go away!â€ť The big strange animal had a strong and loud voice which echoed throughout jungle, â€śOh frail animals of troubled jungle, you cannot fight me with your weak bones and tired bodies. I am envoy from Goddess. I am here to help, not fight.â€ť