Lahu and Kalanki

It is said in the Puranas that once Sita, the consort of Ramachandra, was staying in the guardianship of Vashista Rishi with her sons.
The younger son, Lahu, one day went to see the neighboring town. He saw Kalanki, a most beautiful horse, running about the city without a rider. When he enquired whose the horse was, people told him that this horse had been let loose so that whoever was able to catch it should be made the king of that kingdom.
This tempted the youth, and he ran after the horse in order to catch it. He continued running a long time, and met with nothing but disappointment. Every time he came close to the horse, thinking now he would catch it, it slipped from his hand.
When he reached the point of utter disappointment, he saw his brother coming in search of him, sent by his mother, and he told him that he would not come back till he had caught the horse. The brother said, «That is not the way to catch a horse. In this way you will perhaps run forever and will not be able to catch it. Therefore, instead of running after the horse, run to meet it».
This caused the younger brother to succeed in a moment’s time. Then both brothers were taken to the presence of Ramachandra, their father, who embraced both, acknowledging the guidance of the one and the achievement of the other.



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