The Greedy Merchant
Morale of the story – TIT FOR TAT.
Long ago there lived an honest merchant named Gopikishan. He was a man with golden heart who used to donate generously to the poor and the needy out of his wealth. At one time his business suffered a heavy loss and he had to borrow money but these borrowings made him bankrupt. He thought it was of no use crying over misfortunes and decided to shift to some foreign land for earning. He sold off all that he had except his weighing scale.
Before leaving he decided to meet his good business-relations friend Veluram, who also supposed to live in the same town. Gopikishan went to him and narrated the story of his downfall.
Veluram expressed his deep sorrow and said, “How can I help you?” Gopikishan replied, “I’m leaving town but before I go, I’ve a heavy weighing scale which is difficult to carry. I’d be happy if you could take care of it until I return.”
After that Gopikishan went for business in another town and returned as a successful business man. He now thought of getting his weighing scale back from Veluram. To his utter surprise, Veluram refused to give back his scale and gave an excuse that the scale was eaten by rats and he cannot give it back. Gopikishan was shocked to hear that but said, “If it’s damaged by rats than don’t worry. Let’s forget about it.” Gopikishan thought of an idea and asked Veluram if he could send his son Mawana to the river so that he can take care of his things while Gopikishan was taking a bath.
Veluram was a greedy man and tried to explain his son, Mawana, to grab to all the precious things while Gopikishan was bathing. They left for the river. Near the river at the foot of a hill, there was a cave.
Gopikishan asked Mawana to go inside the cave, while he was taking a bath. As Mawana entered the cave, Gopikishan sealed the cave with a big stone. He returned to Veluram and said, “May heavens save me. While both of us were returning a big eagle lifted your son and flew away. Hearing this Veluram cried. “It’s a big white lie.”
While they were both quarreling a wise man took them to a judge. When both of them told their side of the stories about rats eating the weighing scale and eagle taking away the boy.
Judge was totally puzzled and thought there was some mystery. He told Veluram , “Return the weighing scale and Gopikishan will return you your son.”
Both had abide by the judgement and got their belongings back. They parted their ways happily.