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THE ASS CARRYING THE IMAGE
A SACRED Image was being
carried to the temple. It was
mounted on an Ass adorned with
garlands and gorgeous trappings,
and a grand procession of priests
and pages followed it through the
streets. As the Ass walked along,
the people bowed their heads
reverently or fell on their knees,
and the Ass thought the honor
was being paid to himself.
With his head full of this foolish idea, he became so puffed up
with pride and vanity that he
halted and started to bray loudly.
But in the midst of his song,
his driver guessed what the Ass
had got into his head, and began
to beat him unmercifully with a
"Go along with you, you stupid Ass," he cried. "The honor is
not meant for you but for the
image you are carrying.
Do not try to take the credit to yourself that is due to others.