Bodhisattva in his incarnations had been born as a deer. When he was out of his mothers womb, his body was gold, and within his eyes seemed to be
filled with diamond jewels. Both of the horns were silver with a face as beautiful as a luxurious piece of red cloth. On both of the front and back
feet were as smooth as flattened by marvelous materials with brownish and orange tone of color. The fur of his tails was very furry and pretty. The
size of his body is as huge as a new born horse. When he grew up, he had up to 500 companions and within the group of deer; one of the leaders was
called Nikrodhammikaraj living in the woods.
Not far from Nikrodhammikaraj, another leader that lived was called Sakha. Along with Sakha, he had approximately up to 500 companions; and Sakhas
body was also gold. In that period of time, his majesty Krungparanasri loved to hunt down animals and would only prefer meat as his meal. If there
were no meat for his meal, he would refuse to eat everything that does not contain meat.
When it comes to hunting, he would travel to different rural areas and order the people to welcome him as warmly as possible. People in the rural area
would need to stop every activity such as farming and harvest crops and needed to join his majesty Krungparanasri to go hunting with him. Peoples
daily life of benefits had been destroyed by the nonsense activity of his majestys. Profits started to decrease and the amount of crops grown
Therefore, people came together and had a meeting with each other; thus came up with the idea of building a zoo for his majesty Krungparanasri, only
for the purpose of hunting down animals, so that he doesn't need to rely on us for hunting anymore. So they built a zoo and a place for the deer to
drink along with different kinds of plants.
When the zoo is successfully built, they opened the gate and went into the woods, along with different types of weapons to chase in the deer. Chasing
the deer around, trying to gather them into the area of 16 kilometers. While chasing, they made the area smaller and smaller, not letting the deer to
When they see a lot of deer, they hit the plants and the ground to scare the deer so they would enter into the gates and closed the gates. Meanwhile,
when the deer are all chased into the gates, the people went into the royal palace and told his majesty that, "Your majesty, when you go into the
woods to hunt down animals, we people needed to go with you, we missed the opportunity to work and the profits we gained before had dropped rapidly.
Therefore, we decided to build a zoo and filled it up with deer from the woods for the likings of your majesty. So that your majesty could have meat
to eat for all year long by not interrupting we people again, your majesty." After of what his majesty heard, his majesty decided to go to the zoo
that was built and examine the group of deer. Two of the deer came into his attention, and those two deer's bodies' color was gold; which made his
majesty Krungparanasri very satisfied, so he made the command that no one could ever touch these two deer. His majesty decided to hunt down the deers
by himself and cooked for himself, but sometimes had ordered the head of the cook to kill the deer for him and cook it for his meal. Every time when
the deer saw the arrows shooting towards them, they were extremely frightened, so they tried to escape from the humans by running around as fast as
possible and still couldn't escape away from the humans. Some of them are shot and injured with a broken leg.
The deer lived their lives in horror, therefore, they decided to go and bring this issue up to the bodhisattva to find ways to solve to this
situation. Bodhisattva then called Sakha and had a conversation, he said, "My beloved friend, death had been coming closer towards our companions now
and there are no ways that we can escape from death.
We should compromise and decide for the solution for our benefits. So, from now on, when the hunters come, plead them to not use arrows to shoot our
companions, but when his majesty needed meat, we will send our companions to be killed automatically. We will take turns to send our companions."
Sakha had agreed with this solution and did what he had been told, by when it is time for the deer to go and be killed, the deer would take its head
and put it on the tree trunk, ready for the axe to land on its head, for the royal cook to take it and cook it as his majesty's meal doing this every
Until one day, it was a pregnant female deer's turn, a companion of Sakha. So she went to Sakha for help by saying, "Master, I'm pregnant and it is
almost time for me to give birth, could you please let other deer to go first? If I'm done giving birth, I will voluntarily go and get killed."
Sakha answered, "I can't break the compromise and the promise I had given, when it is time for a deer to go, that deer must go! No excuses! So go
and get killed, being pregnant is your problem, you can't take your personal excuse to be excused for the benefits of the public. You can't refuse
This pregnant female was very disappointed and upset with what her master had told her and had not helped her with her issue. So she decided to find
master Nikrod, told everything about her issue; after what he had heard, master Nikrod thought, "Bodhisattva saw others' obstacles as his own too,
doesn't care about his own life, will offer help anytime he can because he considered it as his manner to take care his companion like what
Bodhisattva then stated, "It's alright, you go and take care of yourself, I will go for you." Bodhisattva then placed his head on the tree trunk,
waiting to be axed; at the moment the royal cook arrived, thought, "This deer had been pardoned by his majesty, but why did he place his head waiting
to be axed then?" So he went up to his majesty and told him about this, his majesty then rode to meet this golden deer with his courtiers.
The minute his majesty saw Bodhisattva, he asked with curiosity, "I thought I had pardoned you, but why did you decide to place your head on this
tree trunk?" This golden deer answered, "Your majesty, a pregnant female deer had came up to me and pleaded me to substitute her, and after she had
given birth, she will voluntarily come. I can't throw this responsibility for anyone else to handle, so I had come here to place my head on this tree
trunk, as your majesty could see. Don't you worry your majesty." His majesty Krungparanasri stated, "In our human world, I had never seen any
individual that has this much of a kind heart and full of courtesy like you. You're faithful; please stand up, I pardon you and that pregnant female
The golden deer questioned, "The female pregnant deer and I are pardoned by your majesty, how about those deer?" His majesty answered, "I pardon
every other deer too." The golden deer questioned, "The deer you had pardoned are the deer only in the enclosure, and how about the deer in the
woods?" His majesty said, "I pardon them also." The golden deer questioned again, "The four-legged animals, the birds in the air, the animals on
the land, and the fish in the water, what are you going to do with them, your majesty?" His majesty answered, "I pardon them also."
After the golden deer had gotten pardon from his majesty and suggested his majesty to follow the five percepts and had lecture the king with the idea
of Buddhism saying that, "Your majesty, please behave yourself in the rule of dharma along with father, mother, son, daughter, Brahmins, business
men, along with the villagers. After your majesty had behaved in the rule of dharma consistently; when you're dead, you will be arriving towards
happiness, your majesty."
After the lecture, Bodhisattva and his companions then faced and went into the woods. Later, when the female deer had given birth, after her baby was
grown up that it is able to run around, needed to get into master Sakha's companion, the mother told her child, "My darling, don't go to master
Sakha's companion, but please go to master Nikrod's companion." Eventually continued, "NO matter who it is, should only go under master Nikrod's
companion, but should not go into master Sakha's companion.
To die in the companionship of master Nikrod, is a pleasure, more than to be in the companion of master Sakha." Until then onwards, the deer that had
been pardoned by his majesty, had been eating the villager's crops, without the villagers ability to solve this problem, because they believed that
these deer were pardoned by the king. All of the villagers had been receiving difficulties, so they went to visit the king, told him about this
situation. The king said, "I have faith towards those deer, so I pardoned them. I could sacrifice my treasure, but could not break my promise.
You guys move to other lands and no individual could kill nor injure these deer." After master Nikrod had heard everything about this situation, he
had called for a meeting to discuss about this issue that had been a big disturbance for the villagers. Master Nikrod had stated, "From now onwards,
every one of you, please don't eat the crops that the villagers had grown. If any one of you had broken the rules, the consequences are as followed
with your actions that you did." After every deer had understood to what had been stated, the golden deer then told the villagers, "From now on,
don't build a fence around the crops you had grown, but tie leaves to make a symbol and put it in the center of your farm."
The villagers then followed what the golden deer had said. The deer also didn't break the rules, because they are obedience to what they had been
lectured from master Nikrod. Bodhisattva had lectured his companions like this until he ended his life. And the King had reigned his city with dharma,
which had been a pleasure towards the villagers living in his territory.
THE END ....Nikrodhammikachadok... Negotiating with others