The elephant, the horsefly and the sparrow

1001 Tales told by the Master

“That’s how the ego exists. We magnify our virtues, we magnify our sins, we magnify everything,” says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

We make much fuss about nothing, much ado about nothing. This magnifying glass has to be dropped absolutely. And then suddenly you see things in their perspective. […]

An elephant was having an awful time in the jungle, because a horsefly kept biting her near her tail and there was nothing she could do about it.

She kept swinging her trunk, but he was far out of reach. A little sparrow observed this and snipped the horsefly in half with his beak.

“Oh, thank you!” said the elephant. “That was such a relief.”

“My pleasure, ma’am,” said the sparrow.

“Listen, Mr. Sparrow, if there’s anything I can ever do for you, don’t hesitate to ask.”

The sparrow hesitated. “Well, ma’am…” he said.

“What is it?” said the elephant. “You needn’t be shy with me.”

”Well,” said the sparrow, “the truth is that all my life I wondered how it would feel to make love to an elephant.”


“Go right ahead,” said the elephant. “Be my guest!”

The sparrow flew around behind the elephant and began to make love immediately.

Up above them, a monkey in the tree watched and began to get very excited. He started to shake the tree and a coconut got loose and fell from the tree, hitting the elephant smack on the head.

“Ouch!” said the elephant.

At which point the sparrow looked from behind and said, “Am I hurting you, dear?”

Quote by Osho from Unio Mystica, Vol 2, Ch 5

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