The Frog’s Desire
Translated by Dhammacaro
Once upon a time, there was a frog that lived at the pond in the temple.
One morning it had watched a monk go out for alms, and later coming back to the temple to eat his breakfast. After doing so, he saw the monk go on to feed a chicken.
This had got the frog thinking and shortly after, it had wished it was a chicken, because surely, it was better to be a chicken rather than a monk.
Soon after, a dog had come onto the scene and chased away the chicken. After seeing this, the frog then had a change of thought, and now wished it was a dog.
While it was thinking and wishing, a temple boy had come along and kicked the dog and chased it away. When the frog had seen this, it soon wished of becoming a man.
The frog continued to watch as the boy went to sleep under the monk’s house. While trying to sleep, he was being pestered by a fly and so had to move.
When the frog saw this, it started thinking again, that since a man can be defeated by a fly, it was better to be a fly and so now, it wanted to become one.
While the frog was sitting and contemplating on it’s wishes, the same fly had flew past and by instinct, the frog quickly stuck out its tongue, catching the fly and ate it.
After doing so, the frog had realised that, really, being a frog was best of all.
The moral of this story:
If we are not contented with whatever we have, we will suffer. The continuous desire to want to become this and that, and to have this and that; is endless wanting.
On the contrary, if we are contented with what we have, we will find happiness wherever we are.
Contented; we can easily find happiness within and we no longer need to strive to find it else where.