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Published on May 16th, 2023 | by


The Blind Man and the Cow’s Tail

A blind man was once trying to negotiate the path to his father-in-law’s house with the help of only his walking stick.
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In a field nearby he heard a cowherd boy humming a tune to himself.
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The blind man hailed the boy and asked, Kindly lead me to the house of my father-in-law. It is nearby, but I can’t find the way myself.

The cowherd boy replied, “I’m very sorry, but if I leave this field to go with you, what will become of this herd of cows I’m tending here? There’s one thing I can do for you–here, take the tail of this cow I’m handing you now. Her calf is at your father-in-law’s house, so she will lead you there out of motherly affection for her young one.”

But the cow became alarmed at the grip of the blind man on her tail and tried everything to shake him off. She dragged him over rough ground and through thorny brambles, and often gave him hard kicks with her hind legs.
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By the time he arrived at his father-in-laws house, the blind man’s clothes had been ripped completely off of his body, and he was covered with scratches, bruises, blood and filth. As the house servants looked out the door to see who had come, he staggered forward, groaning in pain. They could not recognize him, and, taking him to be a cow rustler, gave him a sound beating and drove him from the premises.

This story illustrates the perils of accepting a bogus guru as one’s guide in spiritual life.

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3 Responses to The Blind Man and the Cow’s Tail

  1. Premakau says:

    Sir,the cowherd’s intention was good. He thought of a superb plan to help the blind man. He did not have malice in his mind. That way he sure was a good Guru.
    The trouble was with the student. He knew he was blind. The student here was attached to the cow and his father in law who is his dear wife’s father. He undertook the trouble to make his wife happy. The path to heaven through attachment to mundane samsar is not a easy . Had he thought of taking the path to the Lotus feet of The Lord and believed in the cow he sure would have reached his destination safely. One needs to surrender to a guru for salvation or mukti.

  2. Navneet Dhiman says:

    Jai Shri Krishna,
    Nice Little Story , Says a Lot..!
    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna , Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Hare Ram Hare Ram , Ram Ram Hare Hare.

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