Theory:

  • The king was amazed to hear a similar voice again.
  • He came to know the birds’ true story.
  • He met the rishi who explained the behaviour of each bird.
     Soon, he came to a clearing which looked like an ashram. It was the rishi’s ashram. The king tied his horse to a tree and sat down in its shade. Suddenly he heard a gentle voice announce, “Welcome to the ashram, Sir. Please go inside and rest. The rishi will be back soon. There’s some cold water in the pot. Please make yourself comfortable.” The king looked up and saw a big, brown bird in the tree. He was amazed. ‘This one looks like the other bird outside the cave,’ he said to himself loudly.
Explanation:
 
Soon he reached an Ashram. The king tied his horse to a tree and sat under in its shade. Here, he heard a soft voice which saluted him and asked him to go inside and take rest. It also told him to have cold water from the pot and be at ease till the Rishi comes back. Astonished, the king looked up to check and again found a similar big brown bird in the tree.
 
Meanings of difficult words:
  
Numbers
Word
Meanings
1.
Welcome Greeted.
2.
Comfortable Suitable, to be at ease.
Reference:
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2006). A Pact With The Sun. A Tale of Two Birds (pp. 01-03). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.