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Meher Baba

There were a male bird and a female bird who were alwaystogether. They were quite independent and would fly wherever theyliked. They were always free, but they did not know what truefreedom was.

One day a man caught them both and put them in a cage. The malebird began beating his wings against the bars of the cage, hoping hecould force his way out. But he gradually lost all his feathers.Subsequently injuring his wings, he became nearly unconscious.

But the female bird was intelligent. She saw how foolish it wasto try to break through the doors with the beating of her wings andshe remained quiet, patiently waiting for the cage door to open. Shesaved herself from injury, because she wisely remained calm.

After a long time, the door was eventually opened and the pairflew out. The moment they were free, they realized what true freedommeant. They knew the pangs of suffering caused by the lack offreedom. Because they had been caged, their subsequent freedom hadmeaning.

The female bird flew away, but the male could not fly wellbecause of a broken wing and he was eaten by a cat!

Now tell me who was the man who caged the birds? Who were thebirds? Who was the cat? Try to grasp the meaning of this riddle andcompose a poem about it.


LORD MEHER, 1st American ed, vol. 5, p. 1797, Bhau Kalchuri
1986 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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