It is the fable story based on verse of 14th century poem of Nagara Krtagama from Indonesia.

Long years ago, Young Banyan Tree complained to the Old Banyan Tree about his small role to help other creatures in the jungle. Every morning and daytime, he had to inhale dirty air and with the help of sun, he had to spread fresh air for the animals to breath. He had to prepare his thick leaves to prepare the place for birds to make their nest and for other animals to take shelter under him.

“Try to keep going green to make the animals around us happy!” Old Banyan Tree said.

“I feel that I am just passive creature. I cannot walk any where like what lions, monkeys and elephants do. Although snakes have no leg, they still can go anywhere.” Young Banyan complained.

“Your leaves, which fall to the ground, make the soil fertile.” Old Banyan Tree said.

“But it does not prove that I am powerful and important creature.”

“Hi Young Banyan, you are a kind of plants. You are one of important parts in food chain and creature interaction in this jungle. Plants have very important role. Although lions are strong animals, they cannot live without plant” Old Banyan Tree tried to make Young Banyan Tree’s feeling better.

“Why should I care about lion? They are evil animals. They eat other animals in this jungle.” Young Banyan Tree complained.

“Lions just follow their natural instinct. They eat because they are hungry and need to eat. Unlike greedy human beings, for lions, enough is enough. Greedy human beings hunt for pleasure, pride, and greediness. This world is not enough for greedy human beings.” Old Banyan Tree explained.

“Why must I go green? Why should I care about other? What is the benefit for me?” Small Banyan Tree still complained.

“It is the calling from the Creator to do your small role in this universe. Kid, just do your role and you will understand,” Old Banyan Tree said.

Once upon a time, five greedy illegal loggers came to the jungle to exploit the wood. Not only did they cut the trees for money but they also hunted the animal for pride and pleasure. For them, “enough” is not enough and for their greediness, this world is not enough.

Five illegal loggers stood in front of Small Banyan Tree. They did not care whether it was still not old enough to cut. They were interested to cut and prepare their tools.

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  • Diverseblogger on Mar 14, 2010

    This is a very creative piece you have here!! Keep up the interesting stories

  • Inna Tysoe on Mar 14, 2010

    Good story.

  • Nanako PS on Mar 14, 2010

    Inspiring story about relationship between organization and the members

  • Eunice Tan on Mar 15, 2010

    It’s the first time I hear about the story. Thanks for sharing

  • CutestPrincess on Mar 18, 2010

    I truly enjoyed reading this!

  • peeggy nuckles on Mar 27, 2010

    Its interesting to hear that people even as long ago as the 14th century had such modern ideas about preserving the environment. Some of them understood the interconnection of all living things.

    This is an interesting story. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Hachiko Akita on Apr 19, 2010

    It is good story to be shared to others. There is teaching about organization and environment.

  • neha80 on May 6, 2010

    Interesting Piece.

    Today I know more about it. Good subject selection for writing article.

    Thanks for sharing good one.


  • Laetitia on May 15, 2010


    I\’d love to translate this story into my language for a literary mag
    Can I have the email of the writer?
    Here\’s mine:


  • Palepory Bike S2W on May 15, 2010

    This story can give inspiration to HR management

  • clandestinef on Sep 6, 2010

    great post.

  • fari on Sep 28, 2010


    its good

  • trash on Nov 24, 2010

    good mas

  • Ram on Dec 14, 2010

    Good story……….GO GREEN

  • mardianakappara on Mar 29, 2011

    I love the story.. do humans need to realize the importance of nature

  • Sandra on Apr 1, 2011

    Mas Yohanes, I love with this story. Please make many interesting stories again.

  • Maria Savitri on May 18, 2011

    There is environmental and moral lesson in this story.

  • Mila Cruz on Oct 10, 2011

    It is like Yin Yang Story.

  • mila on Jan 11, 2012

    i like this story because can make my lips smile…….

  • PUTANG INA MO! on Apr 19, 2012

    pang bata nmn

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