A Tale By B.P. Koirala
Four levels of A Tale are:
“A Tale” is an ancient story written by Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala and later translated and edited by Shreedhar Lohani. It is a story of many many years ago at the time of God’s existence. There are conflicts between God’s and Demons and used to get support from the human. In those days, a man left his home, family, friends, village, and other happiness and went to the jungle to search for enlightenment. And started penance to get power like God. During his penance, in winter season he penances in the river and in summer season in front of the fire without eating and taking rest. The wild animals like rabbits, birds, deer, tigers, and other animals are enjoying each other around him. After some time he got the power of God, however, he is still in his penance. Seeing this, God Indra feeling jealousy with him and make the plan to destroy his penance. And God Indra sent a Nymph when he is in the river (water) that nymph also bathing there. Unfortunately, he opened his eyes and destroyed his penance. At the same time, he proposed to her, and both involved in marriage. Again he started lining domestic life. After passes of the years, they have two children. But their societies people think that the nymph who destroyed his penance, they are looking to her bad ways.
Maybe this story trying to show us that God’s jealousy nature while seeing others getting the same power God has. The pleasure of enlightenment and pleasure of family is the same. To get spiritual happiness we have to sacrifice physical happiness. Also, it shows that a woman can steal and destroy anything that a man have if the man is attracted to that woman.
The story is very interesting to read and humorous also. Where it shows the nature of men towards women. However, some questionable aspects of this tale are:
- Is it possible to survive in presence of wild animals?
- How can we believe that deer and tigers are playing with each other?
- If there is no difference between the pleasure of the enlightened and the pleasure of family then why people involve in penance?
- Is it possible to survive without taking any drops of water?
- Can a man survive by sitting in front of the fire during the whole summer season?
When I read this text it reminded me of the event that is actually happened in Nepal. During the Dashain, a man grows sprouts of barley (Jamaraa) on his chest in 8 days’ time. But when Dashain passed he escaped with one girl and involved in marriage.