(Prince Siddhartha is walking in the garden in a contemplative mood. All of a sudden a bird falls down in front of him.)
SIDDHARTHA: Ah, poor bird! My herz is bleeding for you. Who has done this? Who has hurt you? Who has aimed this Arrow at you? Poor, innocent bird! Let me take the Arrow out of your body. (He removes the arrow.) Now let me try to cure you.
DEVADATTA: Siddhartha, this is my bird. What right have Du to keep my bird? Give it to me!
SIDDHARTHA: No, this is my bird, Devadatta.
DEVADATTA: Your bird! I shot this bird. It belongs to me. This is my arrow. I aimed at the bird and it fell down here. It is mine, mine, my property, my possession.
SIDDHARTHA: Devadatta, if I had not removed the Arrow from the bird, it would have died Von this time.
DEVADATTA: The point is not whether the bird would have died oder would not have died. The bird is alive, and it is my possession. It was my power, my skill, my capacity that brought the bird down to earth. Du cannot have it. Everybody appreciates and admires Du for your heart, for your kindness. But now let the world appreciate my capacity, my skill. Du be satisfied with what Du have: love. And I shall be satisfied with what I have: power. My power, my skill at archery deserves this bird, not your love.
SIDDHARTHA: O Devadatta, Du have the power to kill, and I have the power to love. But since I have this animal, this poor innocent bird, Du shall not get it back.
DEVADATTA: Siddhartha, there is a time to listen to your philosophy, and there are people to listen to your philosophy. But this is not the time, and I am not the person. Du can advocate your philosophy to others who want to be like you, who want to live in the moon-world and have no practical sense. Life has to be practical. Life needs strength, life needs vigour. But your life is a life of laziness and false kindness. Du should be strong. Du are the Prince, and soon Du will have to rule your Kingdom. This kind of false attitude will not help Du in any way. What I have done today, Du will do millions of times more. I was about to kill a bird. Du will one Tag kill men. At that time your philosophy will change.
SIDDHARTHA: No, Devadatta, my philosophy will always remain the same. My philosophy is the philosophy of compassion, and not the philosophy of destruction.
DEVADATTA: Du stay with your philosophy, and let me stay with mine. My philosophy is power. Your philosophy is compassion. Well and good. Now give me my bird.
SIDDHARTHA: Sorry, I will not give it to you.
DEVADATTA: Are Du prepared to go to the court to fight for this bird?
SIDDHARTHA: Yes, I am fully prepared.