Once, a very strong and famous king in India conquered a kingdom,
and was returning home with his generals and entire army. On the way
home, he and his entourage became tired, so he decided to take rest
under a mango tree in a large garden.
Some village boys came along while he was taking rest there. Seeing
the sweet, ripe mangoes in that tree, they began throwing stones at the
tree to get the fruit. Unfortunately, one of the stones hit the king’s eye.
Blood flowed from the wound, and the king became blind in that eye.
The sorrowful generals caught the boy and brought him to the
king. “What shall we do with this boy?” they asked. “Please give us
permission to cut him in pieces.” The king replied, “Wait, wait. Why
were the boys throwing stones at the tree? To get fruit. And, when they
threw the stones at the tree, the tree responded by giving them fruit. I
am not less than this tree, so I must also give him very sweet fruit. Why
not? Some part of the kingdom should be given to this boy.”
―Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja