In an ancient temple, a number of pigeons lived happily on the roof top. When the renovation of the temple began for the annual temple feast the pigeons relocated themselves to a Church nearby. The existing pigeons in the Church accommodated the new comers very well.
Christmas was nearing and the Church was given a face-lift, all the pigeons had to move out and look for another place. They were very fortunate to find a place in a Mosque nearby. The pigeons who were already staying in the Mosque welcomed them happily. It was Ramadan time and the Mosque was repainted, all the pigeons now had to leave and came back to the same ancient temple.
One day the pigeons on top found some communal clashes below in a market square. There was a lot of chaos and there were many people who died. The baby pigeon asked the mother pigeon, ‘Who are these people? The mother replied, they are called ‘Human Beings’. The baby asked, ‘But why are they fighting with each other? The mother said, ‘These human beings going to temple are called ‘Hindus’ and the people going to Church are called ‘Christians’ and the people going to Mosque are called ‘Muslims.’
The baby pigeon asked, ‘Why is it so? When we were in the temple we were called ‘Pigeons’, when we were in the church we were called ‘Pigeons’ and when we were in the mosque, we were called ‘Pigeons’. Similarly, they should be called just ‘human beings’ wherever they go?’ The mother pigeon said, ‘You and me and our pigeon friends have experienced God and that is why we are living here in a highly elevated place peacefully. These people are yet to experience God. They seem to have not known him and keep on believing in their own make believe houses. How can they ever find peace and happiness? God is found in their hearts and not some place outside of them.
Temples, Mosques and Churches are in them, they need not go to all these imaginary places to find Him. Hence they are living below us and fighting and killing each other gruesomely without knowing that God resides in each and every one without any caste or creed. They have forgotten how to love their fellowmen.
Always remember, we all have our own opinions and beliefs. We have different ways in dealing with life’s troubles and joys but to survive our difference without hurting each other is what GOODNESS is all about.
Live Simply, Love Truly and Be Thankful.