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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)

TITLE: The only species that expects the Fruit of ‘Result’
By sharmila sanka


The orange trees were rising higher and higher to seize their property. The birds were competing to reach the sky to grab the beautiful orange fruit hanging all alone in the sky. After struggling, they gave up assuming it was an unreachable magical orange. Their vision of orange was an illusion; it was not an orange but the ‘Sun’ which woke up from its deep sleep to awaken the sleepy souls. The rising of the sun was as if it was briskly declaring the world to admire its color, shape and beauty. If not, they would not even dare to glance at it. The Sun slowly started to spread its powerful rays all over the land. But there was a place where it was unable to indicate its mighty arrival with pride. It was a house wrapped in darkness with Peter lazily sleeping inside.

All of a sudden Peter heard some voices. He opened the windows but was flabbergasted to realize that he could feel the presence of some beings with life and voice but no form. His eyelids didn’t dare to close even for a second. From their conversation, he understood there were few voices exhibiting their greatness.

The first voice started its conversation thus--
“I am the transparent, shiny flowing liquid that quenches every being’s thirst. I am the Water who loves to see their passion for me. Their happiness suffices my thirst. I am ever flowing and do not get tired of my sojourn towards my beloved- the Ocean. I am always of use to all the species in the Universe. Can they expect life with out me? You may ask what I get in return. My nature is not to expect any Fruit of ‘Result.’”

The second voice responded -
“I agree you are selfless. But am I not so being the vast Sky? I shadow every living and non-living thing below me. I stand as a sole witness to their merits and sins. I am the abode for the kingdom of Light. The Sun that brightens their day, the Moon that illumes their night, countless Stars and Planets bedeck me. The clouds which sprinkle their care in the form of rain take pride to hide in me. I am omnipresent and no being below can dare to hide from my view. Humanity can see but cannot feel me but yet with out me they cannot dare to live their lives. Still I do not expect any Fruit of Result.”

“I agree with you”, raised third voice.
“I am the very basis of every being. With out my gravitational force, they dare not stand erect. The plants, animals, birds, human beings and many other thousands of species live on me. How ever high they grow or fly, how ever long they sojourn, at last they have to land on me-the Earth. With out me, they cannot imagine life. Yet I do not expect any Fruit of Result.”

“My heat is life to the beings which die of cold”, said fourth voice. Even people in the ancient age realized my worth in preparing food and succeeded to produce me by striking two stones. I am the Fire and so do not discriminate between rich, poor, good and bad. Whatever form it is, it becomes ash when I hug it. I make production of energy and life on earth easy. Yet I do not expect any Fruit of Result.”

“What can I talk about me who is the very life of every being? Can any one dare to breathe with out me? Can you describe your experience of happiness of my coolness? I am no more than the Air”, said fifth voice. “The moment you can’t find me, you are dead. Yet I do not expect any Fruit of Result.”

All the voices sounded alike thus-“it is only the Human being who expects returns for his every little help. He has no satisfaction; he desires more, helps little and expects more fruits of results unlike any being in the universe.
O humanity, dig the treasures of precious messages from our selfless lives and remain human. If not, we 5 elements of nature will teach you a hard-hitting lesson for your lives.”
This verbal blow revived Peter at once from his sleep and the truth that the whole conversation was merely a dream baffled as well as enlightened him. No wonder his mind snatched its essence- Elements of Nature are mighty, selfless and helpful; yet they do not expect.

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J. C. Lamont10/17/05
I liked this alot. It reminds me of an old Easop Fable where the sun and the wind had a competition. Good job.
B Brenton10/17/05
I like that. What a witty ending. You really taught us! :) Heh-heh. Just like J.C Moran said, it's kinda like the wind and sun fable, but it was better. Trust me.
Linda Watson Owen10/18/05
Interesting take on this topic! You've shared some really significant truths.
Suzanne R10/19/05
The Fruit of Result, eh? An interesting take on the topic. And a good reminder to us all!