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The Lion loses both

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MoroselionIf only we can just appreciate what we have been given, God will reveal Himself to us.

– Radhanath Swami

It was a lovely day in the forest. Kaa Kaa was perched high on the branches of a wild fig tree. A deer quenched its thirst at a nearby waterhole and a rabbit slept peacefully at the foot of the tree. Life seemed good.

Just then a lion came upon and looked at the deer and thought, “Ah, a deer ! What luck ! I’d rather have deer than rabbit for supper.” With a roar and a leap, the lion took off after the deer. The deer panicked and ran for its life. The lion chased in hot pursuit and after several minutes realised that it was a fruitless chase. The deer was swifter and managed to give the lion the slip.

“Brother “, panted the lion. “The deer has escaped. Oh well, never mind. I can still go back to the rabbit.” But it was not the lion’s day.  The rabbit had woken up with the lion and deer commotion and had escaped to a safer location.

It was a hungry lion that went to bed that night. And it was a valuable lesson that Kaa Kaa learnt. That day he told his friends, “If you drop a smaller gain and run after a greater gain, you may end up losing both.”

In short, a bird in the hand is worth two in a bush.

Another lesson: Learn to appreciate your spouse. If you look for a better one, you might end up losing even this one.


  1. June 18, 2013


    Heard once,” If we are not grateful we will become great fools!!!”

  2. June 19, 2013


    It is so important to be satisfied and appreciative in one’s present situation.

  3. June 19, 2013


    The analogies in this blog are quite funny, but they still convey the importance of appreciating the spouse.

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  5. August 24, 2013

    Ravi Garg

    Humorous story with a wonderful lesson….

  6. August 27, 2013


    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!
    Wonderful analogy…

  7. August 29, 2013


    Thanks for sharing. It is so important that we don’t procrastinate things

  8. September 1, 2013


    Thanks for sharing.

  9. September 9, 2013


    If you drop a smaller gain and run after a greater gain, you may end up losing both

  10. September 19, 2013

    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you for nice blog. the analogy is quite instructive.

  11. October 20, 2013

    Kalpana Kulkarni

    If only we can just appreciate what we have been given, God will reveal Himself to us – very powerful words.

  12. February 14, 2014

    Paramesvara Dasa

    Be contented with what you have as even the whole world comes to your palm never gives satisfaction. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  13. July 4, 2014

    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Very instructive story and lessons you have brought out for couples!

  14. April 14, 2015


    whatever we have just be happy with that

  15. June 25, 2016


    Thank you so much! simple article with great moral..

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