Parrot’s Advices – Story

A man had a parrot of which he was excessively fond. <>

He kept it in a silver cage and fed it fruits and nuts and anything else the bird asked for, for the parrot was so clever it could engage in conversation.<>

The parrot longed for freedom and often asked for it but the merchant would always reply: “Ask for anything else.”<>

One day the parrot said to him: “Give me freedom and I’ll give you three pieces of advice that could be of great benefit to you.” <>

The merchant loved the parrot but he loved money more. He thought: “If his advice helps me amass wealth, it would be worth it.”<>

“Go,” he said, opening the cage. The parrot hopped out onto his hand.<>

“Never grieve over loss of wealth,” he said.<>

The merchant thought it was tame advice but said nothing.<>

The parrot flew to the roof of the merchant’s house. <>

“This is my second advice,” he said. “Never believe everything that is told to you.”<>

“Tell me something that I don’t know,” said the man, sounding annoyed.<>

“What you don’t know is that I’ve two priceless gems in my stomach,” said the bird.<>

“Two priceless gems,” echoed the merchant. <>

“Oh, what a fool I was to set you free! I’ll regret this for the rest of my life!!”<>

“Don’t you want to hear my third advice?” asked the parrot.<>

“Tell me,” said the merchant, bitterly.<>

“I advised you never to grieve over losses but here you are grieving over losing me,” said the parrot.<>

“I advised you never to believe everything you hear but you immediately believed me when I told you I had two gems in my stomach. <>

Could I have survived if I really had two gems in my stomach?<>

My third advice is: “Listen, learn to listen with your mind instead of just with your ears.”<>

And with that, the parrot flew away, leaving the merchant gaping.<>

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