The Brave Little Parrot | Summary | WordMeanings | Four Levels

The Brave Little Parrot
Writer : Rafe Martin

Summary Of 'The Brave Little Parrot':

Long ago, the Buddha was born as a little parrot in the forest. One day a fire broke out in the forest. All the animals living there started running to the safe place to save their life. The parrot was also flying away to the river. He saw a great crisis there that many animals were unable to go out easily. An idea came into his mind. He wanted to help them to save their life. He dived into the water of a river and flew back over the burning forest. When he was over the forest, he shook his wings and a few drops of water fell down over the fire. The little parrot continued his work again and again. His wings got burnt. His legs were also slightly burnt. He was badly affected but still he kept continuing his work.

Some gods were watching this event from the sky. They saw the parrot and ridiculed his work. And they laughed at him. But one of the gods decided to help the parrot. He changed himself into a golden eagle. He advised the parrot to save his life and not to do that job. The parrot replied that he did not need his advice, but he really needed help.

The god wanted to help with his special power. He felt uneasy because other gods were enjoying watching the animals in crisis. Being kind to the animals he wanted to rescue (बचाउनु) them. He began to weep. Streams of tears came out of his eyes. The fire was put out (निभाईयो). Soon the fire and smoke disappeared. Wonderfully, the tears provided new life to everything. The parrot was shining with colorful feathers. All the animals were surprised and they become happy. Their brave friend parrot flew high in the sky. They shouted with joy.

नेपालीमा अनुवाद (Translation Of 'The Brave Little Parrot'):

धेरै वर्षघि एक चोटी बुद्द भगवान सानो सुगाको अवतारमा जन्म लिएका थिए। एक दिन सुगा बस्ने जङ्गलमा आँधी आयो। बिजुली चम्क्यो, मेघ गर्ज्यो र एउटा सुकेको रुख चट्याङ्ग्मा परेर आगो बल्न थाल्यो। आगोको झिल्को उडेर जङ्गल भरी आगो लाग्यो। जनावरहरु डराएर आगोको ज्वाला र धुँवाबाट जोगिन अनियन्त्रित भएर जताततै दौडिन थाले।

"आगो ! आगो !" त्यो सानो सुगा करायो। "नदी तिर !" प्रचण्ड आँधीमा पखेटा चलाउँदै माथिबाट उड्दै बाहिर निस्कियो र नदी भएतिर सुरक्षित भएर उड्यो। तर उड्दा उसले तल जमिनमा जनावरहरु ज्वालाले घेरिएर भाग्न नसक्ने गरी फसेको देख्यो।

अनयासै उसको मनमा तिनीहरुको उद्दार गर्ने एउटा जोखिमपूर्ण विचार आयो। ऊ उडेर नदीतिर गयो, पानीमा डुब्यो र उडेर फेरी फैलिरहेको आगो भए तिर फर्क्यो।

बलिरहेको जङ्गलबाट माथितिर गएको आगोको राप चुल्हा को जस्तै राप थियो। बाक्लो धुवाँले गर्दा सास फेर्न झनै गाह्रो भयो। ज्वालाको पर्खाल कहिले एकातिर माथि जान्थ्यो त कहिले अर्कोतिर। आवाज निकालेर ज्वाला उसको अगिल्तिर लम्किन्थ्यो। प्रचण्ड अग्निको बीचबाट घुम्दै फिर्दै छिचोलेर सानो सुगा बहादुरीका साथ् उड्दै रह्यो। अन्त्यमा जङ्गलको मध्य भागमा माथि आकासमा पुगेर उसले पखेटा हल्लाए पछि यिनमा टाँसिएका पानीका केही थोपाहरु तल झरे। जवाराहत जस्तै गरी पानीका स-साना थोपाहरु आगोको मध्य स्थानमा झरेर फिस्स गर्दै बिलाए।

त्यो सानो सुगा फेरी एक पटक ज्वाला र धुवाँ पार गर्दै नदीतिर उड्यो, चिसो पानीमा डुब्यो र बलिरहेको जङ्गल माथि फेरी उडेर आयो। ऊ पटक-पटक नदीबाट जङ्गल तिर र जङ्गल बाट नदीतिर उड्यो। उसका प्वाँखहरु डढेर काला भए। उसका खुट्टा पोलेर रातो भयो। उसको फोक्सो दुख्यो। धुवाँले पिडित भएर उसको आँखा आगोको कोइला जस्तै राता भए। रिन्गटाले उसको टाउको फनफन घुमेर चक्कर आयो। तर पनि त्यो सानो सुगा अझै त्यसैगरी उडीनै रह्यो।

यतिबेला स्वर्गका केही देवताहरु सुगाको सिधै टाउकोमाथि आफ्नो हस्तिहाड र सुनको बादलको दरबारमा तैरिराखेका थिए। संयोगले उनीहरुले तलतिर हेरे र उनीहरुले ज्वालाको बीचमा सानो सुगा उडिरहेको देखे। आफ्नो पुष्ट हात उनीहरुले त्यो सुगातिर देखाए, महयुक्त खाना मुखभित्र राखी उनीहरुले आश्चर्य प्रकट गर्दै भने "त्यो मूर्ख चरालाई हेर त ! पानीको केही छिटाले ऊ जङ्गलमा लागेको आगो निभाउने प्रयास गर्दैछ। यो कस्तो मूर्खता !" र उनीहरु गलल्ल हाँसे।

ती मध्य एउटा देवता अचम्म लाग्ने गरी विचलित भएर सुनौलो चिलको रुप धारण गरी तल उड्दै सानो सुगाको अग्नि मार्गतिर आए। पग्लेको सुन जस्ता आँखा भएको ठूलो चिल सानो सुगाको छेउमा आउँदा ऊ ज्वालाको ठीक नजिक पुग्यो। "जाऊ, सानो चरा !" गम्भीर एवं गर्विलो स्वरमा चिलले भन्यो। "तिम्रो काम निराशाजनक छ। ज्यादै ढिला हुनुभन्दा अगावै आफूलाई रोक र आफ्नो ज्यान बचाऊ।"

तर सानो सुगाले ज्वाला र धुवाँको बीचबाट उडान गरिनै राख्यो। आगोको रापले झन् झन् डरलाग्दो भएपछी आफू माथि उडेको ठूलो चिलको आवाज सुन्यो "पर्ख, मूर्ख सानो सुगा ! आफ्नो ज्यान जोगाऊ ! आफ्नो ज्यान बचाऊ !
खोक्दै सुगाले भन्यो, "त्यस्तो सल्लाह दिन मलाई ठूलो चिलको आवश्यकता परेको छैन। प्यारो चरा, मेरी आफ्नी आमाले यस्तो कुरा धेरै पहिले नै गरिसक्नुहुन्थ्यो होला। सल्लाह (खोक्दै), मलाई सल्लाह चाहिंदैन। मलाई खाली (खोक्दै) कोही मद्दत गर्ने भए पुग्छ। "

ठूलो चिलको रुप धारण गरेको देवताले सानो सुगा ज्वाला पारेर उडिनै रहेको देखी अचानक आफू विशिष्ट शक्ति भएको कुरा सम्झे। ती माथिका देउताहरुले देखे। त्यहाँ उनीहरु चिन्तारहित भएर हाँस्दै कुरा गर्दै थिए, जबकि तल धर्तीमा धेरै जनावरहरु आगोको पीडा एवं डरले कराउँदै थिए। उनी लज्जित भए। त्यसपछि उनको मनमा एउटा ईच्छा उठ्यो। आफू देवता भए पनि बहादुर सानो सुगा जस्तै भएर मद्दत गर्ने इच्छा गरे।

"म मद्दत गर्नेछु !" उनी कराए र यी नौलो भावनामा उनी रुन थाले। उनको आँखाबाट टल्कने आँसुका खोला बग्यो। शीतल बर्षा जस्तै आँसुको तरंगले आगो, जङ्गल, जनावर र सानो सुगालाई पखाल्यो। आगोको ज्वाला कम भयो र धुवाँ सफा हुन थाल्यो। पखालिएर थाकेको सानो सुगा सुगा आनन्दले आकाशमा रकेट जस्तै उड्न थाल्यो। "यो त पहिलाको भन्दा पनि बढी सन्तोषजनक भयो" भनेर उसले खुसियाली व्यक्त गर्यो।

बल्ल हाँगाबाट चिलको आँशु तपतप चुहियो। आगोले पोलेको जमिनबाट धुवाँ माथितिर गयो। चमत्कारपूर्ण ढङ्गले जहाँ जहाँ ती आँशु टल्केका थिए, त्यहाँ नयाँ जीवन प्रस्फुटित भयो, नयाँ पालुवा, डाँठ र पातहरु पलाए। अझै पनि रातो देखिने भुग्रोको बीचबाट हरियो घाँस उम्रियो। आँशुको थोपा टल्केको सुगाको पखेटामा अब नयाँ प्वाँख उम्रियो। राता प्वाँख, हरियो प्वाँख, पहेँला प्वाँख, यति उज्यालो रङ्ग। यस्तो राम्रो चरा !

सम्पूर्ण जनावर चकित भएर एक अर्कालाई नियाल्न थाले। ती सबै सिङ्गै र सन्चै थिए। कसैलाई पनि केही क्षति भएन। माथि नीलो स्वच्छ आकाशमा उनीहरुले आफ्नो बहादुर मित्र, सानो सुगालाई आनन्दले उड्दै गरेको देखे। सबै खालका आशा मरिसक्यो पनि कुनै उपायले उसले तिनीहरुलाई उसले बचायो। "जय !" उनीहरु कराए। "बहादुर सानो सुगा र चमत्कारिक बर्षको जय !"

Word

Meaning

legendधार्मिक वा पौराणिक कथा
stormहुरी, आँधी
fell uponआक्रमण गर्यो
lighteningबिजुली
flashedचम्क्यो
thunderगडयाङ्ग-गुडुङ्ग गर्नु
crashedआवाज आयो
burst into flamesआगोको झिल्का निस्कनु
sparkझिल्का
leaptउछिट्टियो
surroundedघेरिएको
dartedछिटो उड्यो
dippedडुब्यो
trappedफसेको
desperateहतास
ragingदनदनी बलेको
shot upमाथितिर गयो
ovenचुल्हो
ablazeआगोमा
sparks flaresआगोको झिल्का
terrifiedआत्तिएको
crackingआगो बल्दा पड्किएको आवाज
tumbledलड्यो
forthअगाडि
time and againबारम्बार
scorchअलि अलि डढेर रातो भएको
achedदुख्यो
spunघुम्यो
realmराज्य
ivoryहस्तिहाडको
put outनिभाउनु
sprinkleपानी छार्कनु
absurdमूर्ख
moltenपग्लेको
solemnगम्भीर
majesticरवाफिलो
ceaseरोकिनु
privilegedशक्तिशाली
kindleजाग्नु
flushedउत्तेजित
sparklingटल्कने
pourबग्नु
waveछाल
wash downपखालिनु
die downकम्जोर हुनु
miraculouslyचमत्कारिक तरिकाले
glistenedटल्कियो
shootपोथ्रा
stemडाँठ
cinderआगोको भुङ्ग्रो
glowingबल्ने, चम्किने
loopचक्कर लगाउनु
soarआकासिनु
blazeज्वाला
tumbleखस्नु

Four Levels Of 'The Brave Little Parrot':

1. Literal Comprehension: Once upon a time, Buddha was born as a little parrot in a forest. One day a fire broke out in the forest. All the animals there started running to the safe place. The parrot was also flying to the river. On the way, he saw that many animals being unable to go out to the safe area. Suddenly, an idea came into his mind. He wanted to save them. He dived into the river and flew back over the burning forest. When he was over the forest, he shook his wings and flew over the forest. A few small drops of water fell down and they soon disappeared. But the little parrot went on flying towards the river and back over the forest again and again. His feet became black by burning. His legs were slightly burnt. His lungs ached. His eyes were red. But still he went on. At the same time some gods were watching all this from their places in the sky. They said that the foolish bird was trying to put out the burning fire of the forest with a few drops of water, and they laughed. But one of the gods was worried and came to the parrot, changing himself into a golden eagle. He advised to parrot to save his life.

Then the parrot replied that he did not need his advice. Suddenly the god realized his special power. He felt sad because the other gods were laughing and talking although the animals were trying to live. Like that brave little parrot, he wanted to help them. He began to weep bitterly. Streams of tears came rolling down his eyes. They were like cooling rain upon the fire. The flames died down and the smoke began to be clear. Wonderfully, the tears gave new life to everything. Trees and grass became fresh with green leaves. The parrot was shining with red, green and yellow feathers. All the animals were surprised. They were whole and well. Their brave friend was high in the clear blue sky. They shouted of joy for their friend and for the wonderful life rain.

2. Interpretation: The narrator is trying to tell us that one should think better and do better and for the sake of others. We should do our duty at any cost for betterment. The parrot was doing his duty to save the burning animals. He was not worried whether he would be successful or not. This story also tells us that the powerful ones laugh at the trouble of others instead of helping them. Only the person who has kind heart and suffered knows what suffering really is. The parrot living there knows it and therefore he helps them. It gives a clear message for all ages for humanity. Help and good deeds of others are great virtue and prime duty of all living beings.

3. Critical Thinking: This is the age of Science and Technology. Very few people today are so kind and helpful. Today people put forward a lot of questions about the existence of god. They do not believe on such things but it has become necessary to give the moral education and teach the value of human duty and virtue (राम्रो गुण). Can a man be reborn as a parrot or a god as an eagle ? Are gods out there ? Is it possible for a bird or an animal to speak like a human being ? Can the teardrops flow like a stream and put out the fire in the forest ? It is very difficult for us to accept such things. But it gives us a message of good deed and help to others.

4. Assimilation: This idea of the story has touched my heart. While reading the story I compared myself with the brave little parrot. I was also willing to put out the fire and help the animals. I also realized that everyone becomes selfish to some extent, but the great persons do not remain selfish all the time. I come to feel that we should sacrifice for the sake of other creatures. It memorised me the value of hard work and determination. Therefore, nothing is impossible to a firm, determined and hard-working person.

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