A Clean Life - Not to thieve

Stories for the Realisation of Truth in Daily Life

By Sri K. Parvathi Kumar

There is a small story from olden days: There was a businessman. He had a donkey. He used to move on the donkey to do business and used to earn good money. He did not store the money anywhere, but prepared bags and put his money into them. Whenever he used to move, he used to keep the moneybags on the donkey and used to sit on those bags so that the money is secure and to ensure that nobody thieves it. One day he bought a very good goat, a black goat with a white spot on the forehead. It was very beautiful. He wanted to take it to another village and sell it. He tied a bell to the tail of the goat and tied a rope around the neck of the goat, which in-turn he tied to the tail of the donkey, on which he moved. So, he was moving in the front on the donkey, and the goat was following him, while travelling to the other village. To ensure that the goat is following him, he arranged a bell to the tail of the goat.

Three intelligent brothers saw the situation. They saw this man, very well decorated with jewelry, the donkey carrying bags of money and a good goat. One brother said, "I will thieve the goat." The second brother said, "I will thieve the donkey." The third brother said, "I will thieve the jewelry of the man." So the first brother followed the goat, removed the bell from the tail of the goat and tied the bell to the tail of the donkey. So the bell kept on ringing. Then he untied the goat from the donkey and went away with the goat.

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Then the second brother approached the man and said, "It is so nice that the donkey has a bell on its tail." The Businessman was surprised, because he only knew that he tied the bell to the tail of the goat, but not to the donkey. So he looked back and found no goat. He explained to the second brother that the bell was tied to the goat and now the goat disappeared, and the donkey was carrying the bell. Then the second brother said, "Oh! You lost a goat! Is it a black goat with a white spot on the forehead?" The businessman said, "Yes, yes." So the second brother said, "I just saw the goat going in that direction, to that street, and it is not very far". The Businessman requested the second thieve to kindly take care of the donkey till he goes and fetches the goat - and he went into the street. He did not find the goat. He had gone very far in search of the goat and when he came back, he did not find the donkey. He was shocked. He lost the goat, he lost the donkey and he lost the money on the donkey. He decided to return to his village, as now he did not have the goat to sell, as he lost the goat. Therefore he returned towards his village.

On the way, he found a man (the third thief) weeping at a well. He went and enquired, "What for are you weeping?" The thief said, "I am the most unfortunate fellow. I went all around and made business and ultimately made a big bag of gold coins. As I was coming home, I felt thirsty and wanted to drink water from this well. When I was trying to fetch the water, my bag of gold coins fell into the well. I cannot go down the well as I cannot swim, and that is my whole wealth. Without that, I am a pauper. Do you know swimming?" asked the thief to the businessman. Then the businessman said, "Yes, I know." The thief asked if the businessman would help him. The businessman said, "I will help you." The thief said, "If you help me, I will give you 50% of the gold coins." The businessman thought that he can partly recover his loss, and he removed his robe and removed his jewelry and kept it in the custody of the thief, who was weeping and got into the well. He went down to the bottom of the well and was searching for the bag of gold coins, which was not there. He came up to the surface of the water and called out that there is no bag. Up there, there was no one. And he became anxious and came out of the well, and he found that his robes and his jewelry were also lost, and he was standing almost naked, only with the innerwear.

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That is how thieving is today: 'Intelligent thieving'. If we are engaged in this kind of thieving, we cannot have a clean life, as tremendous Karma comes out of it. Today major Karma for humanity is because of its instinct to thieve. And now we are intelligently thieving. A more intelligent man exploits a less intelligent man. Intelligent nations thieve the innocent nations. As long as we have such activity, the humanity as a whole would continue to have great Karma coming out of it. That is why it is recommended in Yoga that you should have a clean intellect. Intellect has to be used only to help others and not to thieve other's properties and people. Our Karma is due to our lack of harmlessness and our thieving activity.

And then, there is one more Karma by which we are accumulating a very heavy dosage of Karma. To receive obligations without serving others. How to receive more without working, is the thinking of today. The law says, "Receive only that much according to what you have contributed. And it is better if you receive less than what you have contributed." But we think of receiving things free, from the surrounding people. If you start receiving services and goods without doing any kind of service, then you are incurring obligatory Karma. That is a big Karma.

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By Dr. K. P. Kumar, from the Book "The Golden Stairs"

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