Once there was a child that lived deep in the darkest forest.
Sadly, this forest had grown barren and dry and the child had grown hungry.
Pained with hunger, the child left the forest and headed to the temple nearby. As it was a holiday for the king, all kinds of food was laid upon an alter in honor and celebration. Such wonderful fruits were stacked in the open air and the child tried to reach for one, when one of the monks shewed the child away with a broom. "This sacrifice is in honor of the king!" The monk shouted.
There was once a sculptor commissioned to build a temple. As he approached a block of granite and began to chip away, the sculptor felt a strange resistance, as if the rock resented being poked and cut. The sculptor got spooked, and he moved to the next block of granite. This second rock was more willing to be chipped and sculpted into the statue of a beautiful deity. When the sculptor was finished, he placed the granite statue on a high altar. He used the first block of granite as the stepping stone upon which pilgrims would stand when they made their offerings to the deity.
Later, the first stone complained to its friend, the carved stone. The first stone lamented its own destiny beneath the soiled feet of worshippers, while the other stone was now being revered and bathed in milk, honey, and rosewater. The second stone responded, “If you recall, you didn’t want to be touched, carved, and chipped by the master.”
At an early age of manhood - 10 young men walked up from the foot of a mountain into the brush and meditated on the mountain and all it had to offer. These spiritual adventures were still fresh enough in the face that the townspeople called them The Children of the Mountain.
Not to long after, a group of travelling merchants come to the village one morning and asked about what wisdom the town could offer - all the people pointed to the mountain - and the merchants wandered there. They climbed up to speak with the children of the mountain. "What wisdom can the mountain give you?" asked the merchants. " There is much the mountain can offer on food and covering from the storm - but beware, there are beasts that linger to hunt you - safety is a balance" replied the young men. The merchants were satisfied and went on their way.