Karma or fable?

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

…“Good night, Frog,” and gave him a little kiss on the top of his head.

In an instant, the frog vanished, and in his place was a handsome man.

“Who are you?” said the princess, stepping back. “What have you done with my frog?” For by now, the princess loved the little frog, warts and all.

“I am your frog,” said the man. “I am also a prince. I was enchanted by a wicked fairy and turned into a frog. Only the kiss of a beautiful princess could break the enchantment.”

“Why didn’t you tell me before?” said the princess.

“Because,” said the prince, “you had to do it of your own free will.”…

 

Didn’t we love fairy tales when we were kids? Stories like that have been told in folklore for centuries and finally put down to paper by brothers Grimm. Have you ever wondered about them? Is this a pure figment of imagination, or is there more to it?

Well, the belief in Karma is somewhat similar. It goes that you will reap what you saw and you can reincarnate in conditions according to how good or bad you’ve been in previous lifetime. I know, this is a gross simplification, but will do for the purpose of this article. If you’ve been particarly bad, you could devolve into an animal incarnation. Then you’ll have to take a step back and learn to love and be loved in order to come back to human level.

Could it be possible that whoever came up with the Frog Prince fable was familiar with the concept of Karma? In times when church exercised the ultimate power and all other beliefs were forbidden, the only way to propagate them would be as fables and fairy tales…

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