Course: Class VI | Subject: English

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Siddhartha was born in Kapilvastu. His father was king Suddhodhana and his mother was queen Mahamaya. He lived in a beautiful palace but he was not happy there. He went to the garden everyday and sat there for hours. He saw the beautiful trees, flowers, birds and butterflies there, and enjoyed the songs of the birds. At the age of sixteen he completed his education, and married princess Yashodhra. He was very kind to birds, insects, animals and human beings and loved them all. Devadatta was Siddhartha’s cousin. But he was very proud and cruel. He was not kind to the birds and animals.

One day Siddhartha was walking in the garden with his cousin Devadatta, who had brought his bow and arrows with him. Suddenly, Devadatta saw a swan flying and shot at it. His arrow brought the swan down. The swan fell onto the ground. Siddhartha lifted it and took it on his lap. He pulled the arrow out and washed the wound. He gave it water to drink.

Devadatta came to Siddhartha with the bow and arrows. He saw the swan in Siddhartha’s lap.
Devadatta: Give that swan to me. I shot it. It is my swan.
Siddhartha: Fie, fie! You shot this lovely bird. You are really cruel. You should be kind to birds and animals.
Devadatta: No, I am not cruel. I am brave. Give me my swan.
Siddhartha: I will not give you this bird. U saved it. It is my swan.
Devadatta: I am going to the king. He will decide.
(Siddhartha also went to the king. The king listened to them and gave his judgment.)
King: Devadatta, it is not your bird as you shot it. It is Siddhartha’s bird as he saved it.

The savior is always greater than the slayer.


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