Today, I have become 22 years old but with deep sorrow and shedding tears from my eyes and telling that 20 years of my life out of 22 years have passed in captivity and still I am anguishing the pang of captivity. In other words, my whole life passed in captivity and I do not know what is the liberation as after 2 years of my birth I was separated from my family and society by a Fowler (Piggish person who makes money by the trading of birds by catching them). Now all of them can feel my pang of losing my liberation.
My whole life has passed in sorrow and grief thinking it that I will never come out from my captivity and will live in liberation. Each and every day has passed in shedding tears from my eyes thinking about my endless captivity. In fact, I do not know what is the meaning of liberty and what is the feeling of liberty. But I can think of the pleasure of liberty, freedom, and salvation which have been deprived of me, but I cannot avail of this pleasure. All of you who listen to my story know better what is liberty, freedom, and salvation.
All of you live in the atmosphere of freedom, liberty & salvation and enjoyed the atmosphere of freedom, liberty, and salvation. All of you also know the importance and values of freedom, liberty & salvation. If your freedom, liberty & salvation are deprived of you for only 1 day, you cannot live without them. You began the struggle for getting liberation and live restlessly till the freedom. And your struggle for freedom yields results and ultimately you get freedom. It is a matter of great sorrow that I cannot oppose my captivity and thus I cannot get my freedom. It is because I am not a Human but a Parrot bird who is kept forcefully in captivity who do not know how to protest for depriving his/her freedom, liberty & salvation and for keeping in captivity as Human being does not know my pang of losing of my liberty. In contrast to it, he feels pleasure keeping me in a cage. Thus he feels satisfaction to keep me in the cage. A human being is very cruel as they bring us from the market in their home and keep us in the cage for the sake of their fonds.
On the one hand, we Parrots are gotten deprived of our liberty, on the other hand, we are compelled to suffer discomfort in the cage till the time of our living period. The most discomfort we suffer in our cage is to stand continuously. As far as long we live in the cage, we live in the standing position which gives us unbearable pain to our legs. We have to face this pain silently because we do not know how to protest about this pain we suffered. Human beings do not think absolutely over it and understand that we live in the cage comfortably. Alas! Human beings are told anyhow about our pain in our legs so that they should stop to keep us in the cage. When we are free, we do not stand up anywhere continuously. Then we fly away here and there all day and in the night we sleep in standing position at our whereabouts. In this situation, we do not bear the discomfort of constant standing.
I asked Human beings how much time they would stand up without suffering pain on their legs. It is certain that Human beings will come to this conclusion not to keep little birds like us in the cage. Living in captivity I think every moment how to become free. Many of our companions are fortunate who find the opportunity to escape from the cages and reunion with their society and again live freely. It is a matter of sorrow that Human beings get liberated any Parrot from cage willingly. The question is who is responsible for the captivity of a Parrot? The Answer is those people who buy Parrots from Fowler for keeping them in a cage. A Parrot is captured by a man and sold to another man. From here captivity of a Parrot begins. So, it is my humble request to all Human beings that they should give up their desire to keep a Parrot in a cage ensuring the liberty of all Parrots not to be deprived anymore. I hope my request will not be ignored and all Human beings not only give regards to my request but they should also make others let heed my request.
In cage when I remember my days of freedom, I suffer the anguish of disappointment and my heart begins to reap thinking my captivity and my helplessness to become free. When I enjoyed the freedom and lived with my companions then I had never thought of becoming captive and to be kept in the cage. At that time I live with my families and my companions and flown here and there happily. After waking up in the morning with my family member and my companions would fly away in herds for searching for our foods. In a garden, all of us come down on trees and eat their fruits and other eatable things. During this time we would be engaged in fun and frolic. Sometimes we would fight with our companions and when anyone would become unhappy with the behavior of us, we tried to pacify her/his. And when He/She give up his/her anger, all of us would become very happy. Sometimes we would sing-song in the group. Sometimes we talk with our family members and our companions and would share our feeling of joys and sorrows. This was the time when we would fly away where we would want. There was no ban on us. Although there was always a feeling of being hunted away by some of our enemies (Eagle, Hawk, etc. and Cats, Snakes, etc.). But we were happy in this atmosphere too as we were enjoying our freedom. Besides of it, we were facing the brunt of all seasons. In spite of it we were happy and thanks to God for giving us a free life. In fact, freedom is a very precious thing of all creatures of God. Human beings love freedom and wanted to live free and liberated.
Now when I am captive I think about my freedom and wish how I could come from a cage and fly away high and high in the sky. Then I reached to my companion and past times with them. This is a very joyful situation that cannot be explained in words. I have been deprived of this situation and have been kept in the cage. I ask myself whether I will be free ever. This question was asked with myself again and again but I did not receive an answer to this question still. In fact, I have accepted this fact that whole my life will end in the cage now. Thus I think that I am the most unlucky Parrot in the world who passes such a long period in a cage and dies in it. I want to tell all of you that my days of captivity in the cage had not been always sorrowful as the man who used to rear me up after having bought from the market, brought a male Parrot and kept it in my cage. In one or two days we became friends and thus my period of loneliness ended and I began to live with it happily. It was unfortunate that my happiness ended soon because my male companion died after being hit by a ceiling fan when he was out from the cage.
You can imagine how I should become sad when my male companion died. My period of loneliness again started and I began to think about living loneliness till my death. But it was thanking God that my keeper brought another male Parrot after some time and kept it In my cage. It was natural that we became friends within days and began to live happily. It seemed that my pang of losing of liberation came to end. The new companion loved me profoundly and I forgot all my past sorrows. I happily lived with my companion for near about 10 years. During this period I forgot about my captivity as I enjoyed full companionship of my new companion. I would think that the days of this happiness would remain last long. But this opinion of mine proved false as my new companion also escaped away from the cage one day after 10 years which gave me such shock which cannot be described in words. Now I am facing the situation of total desperation as I have come to this conclusion that now I will live in the cage lonely till my death. I think my new companion very fortunate who succeeded in his attempt to escape away from the cage. I pray that he would not be again caught and was kept in the cage again. You cannot imagine how sad I am now. My days of passing in the memory of new companions and have forgotten all happenings around me. Now I am calling my new companion up all the time thinking it that he will listen to my call and will return to me one day. Not finding him around me I feel much heart-stricken and begin to weep for him and keep weeping for hours. In fact, after the separation of my companions, my world has become deserted. Now I have no interest in the world. How much will I live, God knows it well? But how will I live lonely without my companion? Now 2 months have passed when my companion escaped from the cage. But he did not yet come back to me. In this situation, I think why I would not myself fly away to my companion but I am unable to fly but I tried to fly away. It is a great pity for me that I cannot fly away. It makes me more sorrowful as It reminds me of my helplessness not to go to my companion. In fact, when I had been brought to my present owner, my wings had been prune near about 22 years ago. From that point in time, I could not fly as I understood that now I could not fly. It is the reason that I even did not try to fly. In the meantime, I developed a deep attachment with my present owner who in return too made me his beloved one, so I did not try to fly away. In fact, my owner always brought me out of the cage. Now when I am trying to fly away but I am unable to fly away. Alas! I would able to fly away and reach my companion.
After the escape of my companion from the cage, it has become very difficult for me to live lonely. My owner tried to console me all the time and says that my companion will come back one day. Hearing his words, I feel relaxed for a moment and think it to be true. From the very beginning, my owner loved me very much and cares for me. Now he passes all his times with me so that I could not feel lonely. He loved my companion too, so he is also very-very sad and I have noticed him weeping in memory of my Sikander after his escape from the cage.
“A story about a King and a Parrot.
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was a great sufi saint. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated his birthday on 6 to 14 September 2007 on the occasion of his 800th anniversary. Maulana Rumi has written a book on spiritualism named ‘Masnavi Rumi’. In this book he guided about attaining spiritualism through the means of stories. Among these stories, one story is related with a King who had a Parrot whom he loved very much. After having finished his engagements relating with Kingdom, he could come to his Parrot and talks to him on many subjects. The King felt pleasure and mental peace, when he would talks to his Parrot. Whenever the King set out for travel and come back to the palace, he would come to his Parrot first and got informations about the happenings occurred in the palace in his absence from his Parrot. Once upon a time when the King was set out for travel, he told his Parrot that I brought gifts for all employees of the palace according to their wishes. Now while I am setting for travel I want to bring a gift according to your wish. The Parrot told him that his message of anguishing in cage should be given to those Parrots by you whom you found in any garden during your travellings. The King set out for travel and passing through a garden, he remembered the message of his parrot. He stopped there and told the message of his parrot in loud voice. “O Parrots! I wanted to deliver a message of mine Parrot. He had said that he is living in cage as a captive, so he is very sad and sorrowful and wanted to freed. He had said that all of you enjoy liberty & freedom and live happily. Please tell how he can get freedom from the cage.” Hearing these words of the King, a Parrot fall on the earth near the feet of the King. The King became upset and sorrowful as he thought that the Parrot which fell from the tree has died. The King went ahead from there and after finishing his travel he returned to palace. He went first to his Parrot and got information about the happenings of the palace occurred in his absence. Then Parrot enquired about his message to the given to Parrots by the King. The King told him that he had delivered the message to the Parrots, hearing his (Parrots) message a Parrot fall from the tree near his feet and he becomes very sorrow seeing the Parrot died. Hearing this story the Parrot of the King fall in the cage. The King becomes upset again and bring out his Parrot from the cage, opening the gate of the cage and keeps the Parrot on the floor. The Parrot at once fly away. The King become surprised and ask the Parrot which wanted to flee away from the palace. The King asked his Parrot what the matter is? The Parrot replied that my companions Parrots had given me message for staging a drama of death for getting freedom from the cage. I followed the instruction send to me by my companion Parrots and got freedom from the cage. The King told that he would himself free from the cage if you would tell me about your intentions. The Parrot replied the King who would never free me from the cage as you loved me very much. So, I enquired about the method of becoming free from my companion Parrots and I became free. This story tells us that any Parrots do not want to live in the cage as a captive whether he passes a very long period in the cage and very much loved by the person who rears him up.”
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