The Goat and the Priest a Story From the Buddha

Once upon a time, there was a little goat and a priest.

The priest wanted to sacrifice the goat to the gods. As he raised his arm to cut the goat’s throat, when suddenly the goat began to laugh.

The priest stopped, amazed and asked the goat, “why do you laugh? Don’t you know I’m about to cut your throat?”

“Oh yes,” said the goat. “After 499 times dying and being reborn as a goat, I will be reborn as a human being.”

Then the goat began to cry.

The priest asked “Why now are you crying?”

The goat replied, “For you, poor priest. 500 lives ago, I too was a priest and sacrificed goats to the gods.”

Mataka-Bhatta Jataka Pali Jataka No.18

The Deeper Meaning

Lord Buddha who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, taught his disciples that it not required for you to offer animal sacrifice to GOD, and that it is wrong and causes bad karma to perform such acts. Why is it wrong ? For the simple reason that one can not offer pain in the form of love.

We all say God is love right ? Then how can we cause pain to a harmless animal and then offer it to the creator as food “love offerings” rather offer service to less fortunate than causing harm to any living being.

Jesus Christ  was born among animals, where else would a more peaceful and fitting place be? To welcome God in the flesh,  Among peace and love! Would Jesus who is the son of God, who is love personified, perform acts that cause pain and sadness? Never, he preached love.

We say the lord is my Shepard, The Lord is my Savior,  do you think the lord does not see our careless unnecessary acts when it comes to violence towards harmless life? Would it make more sense that God had come to restore peace in this world and that we should follow his life as example ? Is his life not the message ? By all-means Yes!

Then how can we misunderstand his teachings of unconditional love. We cannot say we love all and then sever poor animals at dinner. When offering our families food we get happy that we are all together and say Thanks to the Provider, however my good people, who what we call food is fill of pain, confusion and sorrow.

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
          Leonardo da Vinci, artist and scientist

In no way I wish to hurt any human feelings or practices, however I will talk for those who can’t. There is already so much of murder happening around the world, try not to be a part of this violence. Many people have questioned me about this blog, some even say I have no respect for my friends and their diet. If I had no respect and did not care, I would have never started this blog, but I care therefore I shall tell you and I have respect therefore I shall respect all life. If you have seen what I saw just by video, you will understand.

“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar” – Bradley Miller.

May we all live in peace.


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4 thoughts on “The Goat and the Priest a Story From the Buddha

  1. trina choonilall says:

    This is great!

  2. Teju says:

    your blog is a place to seek enlightenment! a soup for the souls… may god bless you & your wonderful work! keep up the great, noble work! 🙂
    immensely loved your blog and the messages that it has in it!

  3. viewsplash says:

    Your blog sends lots of meaningful messages to the world… keep going!

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