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a deep forest somewhere in the middle of India lived a monster Ekaksha (Ek-one
Aksh-eye). He was young and inexperienced. He needed guidance from his mother at
all times. His mother was weary of him due to his uncanny ability to attract
day, the trouble created by Ekaksh was too big for his mother to handle. He had
challenged the group leader for a fight. This fight would decide the future
leader of the pack. But the problem was for the loser. The loser had to quit
the group. It was supposed to be the punishment for challenging and losing.
Mother was dismayed with the development. Before she could react, the combat
was a powerful young monster. His power and agility posed a serious threat to the
leader. But his inexperience overturned all his advantages and the leader won
was excommunicated. The one eyed monster had nowhere to go. He wandered for
days. Hunted and feasted on stray animals as well as fruits.
he came across other predators, he was warned not to encroach upon their
territories. He was smarter with the earlier bad experience and so he bowed out
of their territories without inviting any trouble.
wandering for a few months, he came across a human settlement adjacent to the
jungle. The one eyed monster attacked the cattle grazing near the jungle and
killed two of them. He ate one and wasted the other.
of the presence of the one eyed monster spread panic among the settlers. All of
them approached a monk, who lived in the nearby area.
Monk heard them intently and said, “It’s a real problem. The Monster will gain
confidence day by day and from attacking cattle, he may end up attacking
statement sent shiver down the spines of the visitors.
Monk continued, “What can I do? I am not a warrior to counter him.” This
depressed all of them.
among them requested him to help in any way possible.
Monk gave a long thought and said; “I will talk to the monster and try to find
some way out of this situation. But you all have to allow me to make any
promise to the monster if necessary. ”
blanket permission from humans, the Monk went straight into the jungle.
saw the Monk from his hideout. He was scared at once looking at the
assertiveness of the Monk. It was visible in his walk, in his look and in his
leisure body stance.
Monk stopped on his way and looked up straight into the eyes of the Monster and
said “Come down, I want to talk to you”. This was first offer to talk, after he
left his pack and his mother.
Monster jumped down from his hideout and stood before the Monk.
a tone of inquiry, the Monk asked, “Why did you kill the cattle?”
Monster answered in a puzzled tone, “To eat”.
you killed two and ate one” the Monk retorted.
puzzled monster turned into scared monster and said, “Just to show my strength
to those humans, so that I am not threatened”.
in a conciliatory tone said, “All you want is food. I will provide it. But I
want a promise from you”
monster was happy to listen to the word ‘food’. A big smile came on his face.
He said in an inquiry tone, “I eat, meat as well as fruits.”
Monk smiled and said, “All your taste will be taken care of.”
Monk continued, “There will be a herd of sheep reared exclusively for your
consumption. A garden of fruit bearing trees will be grown and dedicated to you.
Not only that, you will be served with new variety of food, as humans have
learnt the art of cooking. To do that, we will dedicate a piece of land and all
the grains grown on it will be cooked and given to you.”
Monster looked pleased and said, “Ok, if you do that, I will promise I will not
eat humans and harm them in any manner.”
Monk continued as if he did not hear the statement, “But I have one condition” and
will not be the only monster coming here. So I want you to stand as our
protector against others”
after passage of time immemorial, the humans remained indebted to the monster
for his help. The place where the incident happened is now known as “Ekaksh
The principle of Negotiation:
is always pregnant with future” - Voltaire
the mediation should ensure the ‘birth of future’ in a hale and healthy