Once upon a time, in a mystical forest, a mighty king named Lord Indra had a special task at hand. He wanted to find a bird who would become the king of all the birds. To decide this, Lord Indra called upon all the birds and invited them to gather on a special day.

The news spread quickly among the birds, and they all fluttered with excitement. They eagerly prepared themselves, cleaning their feathers and grooming their wings to look their best. Among them was a clever jackdaw named Jack, who was known for his mischievous nature.

Now, Jack was not the most beautiful bird in the forest, and he knew it. But he had a plan in mind. He thought, “If I want to become the king, I need to look the most beautiful.” With this thought, Jack set off on a secret mission through the forest.

Jack flew from tree to tree, carefully collecting feathers of other beautiful birds he found along the way. He gathered colorful feathers from peacocks, radiant feathers from parrots, and even shimmering feathers from swans. With each feather he collected, Jack stuck it onto his own dull and plain body.

After hours of collecting and sticking, Jack stood in front of the mirror, marveling at his new appearance. He had transformed into a bird with a radiant rainbow of feathers. Jack felt like the most beautiful bird in the entire forest, and he couldn’t wait to show off his new look to Lord Indra.

Finally, the appointed day arrived. The birds gathered in front of Lord Indra, showcasing their natural beauty. As the birds stood in a colorful array, Jack walked out among them, shimmering with his borrowed feathers. His heart fluttered with excitement, for he believed that his appearance would surely impress Lord Indra.

When Lord Indra laid his eyes upon Jack, he was indeed captivated by the jackdaw’s colorful display. Lord Indra thought to himself, “What a magnificent bird! Surely, this is the one who deserves to be the king of all birds.”

However, as the other birds observed Jack, they felt something was not right. They saw through his disguise and realized that those feathers did not truly belong to him. They knew that Jack was trying to hide his true self behind borrowed beauty.

The birds began to voice their concerns, “Lord Indra, this bird is not what he seems! He has taken our feathers to make himself look beautiful, but he is not naturally so.”

Hearing the protests of the birds, Lord Indra paused and looked closely at Jack. He realized that the birds were right. Jack’s true appearance was revealed as the borrowed feathers were plucked away, one by one.

Once again, Jack stood among the birds, looking just like his old self. His plain and ordinary feathers were no match for the vibrant plumage he had borrowed. Jack felt ashamed and regretful for his actions.

Lord Indra spoke with wisdom, “My dear birds, true beauty does not come from the outside. It comes from within. Jack may have tried to hide his true self, but it was his actions that showed his real character.”

The birds nodded in agreement, understanding the lesson. They knew that being true to oneself was more important than trying to be someone else.

From that day forward, the birds learned to embrace their own unique beauty and to appreciate the beauty in others. And as for Jack, he realized that it was not the external appearance that mattered, but the beauty that shines from within.

And so, the jackdaw named Jack learned a valuable lesson. He understood that trying to be someone else would never bring true happiness. From that day forward, Jack lived as himself, embracing his plain feathers and cherishing his own special qualities.

And that, my dear friends, is the story of the Vain Jackdaw. Remember, true beauty comes from within, and it’s always best to be yourself.

Moral of the story: True beauty comes from within.

Lesson from the story: It is important to be true to oneself and not try to hide who we are. External appearances may be temporary and superficial, but the beauty that comes from within, such as kindness, honesty, and being true to oneself, is what truly matters. Instead of seeking validation through borrowed attributes, we should embrace and appreciate our own unique qualities. Being ourselves brings genuine happiness and contentment.

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