Morale of the Story – TRUST WISELY!
In a temple by a river lived a pandit named Sadhu. He used to perform religious ceremonies for which he received food, silk clothes and gifts. He would sell these items in return for money and thus he had acquired a substantial number of gold coins. He treasured and guarded them closely. In fact he use to keep all his treasure under his arms every time.
In that same village their lived a dishonest man named Bhima. He learned about the treasure and now wanted to get the same. So he sat down and thought of a plan. Next day Bhima dressed in simple clothes and approached Sadhu.
“O holy Sir”, addressed Bhima, ” I have heard much about you and your holy doings. I have renounced the world and I am no longer interested in materialistic* things. After all, materialistic things are for a moment but life devoted to god helps throughout your life. So here I am, to ask you to be my guide and my teacher. I have come to become your disciple”.
“Young man,” said Sadhu, ” I am impressed by your high thoughts at this young age. You are indeed fit to be my disciple but you must follow all the rules of my temple.You must not possess any materialistic things and you must reside in a thatched roof hut just outside the temple. If you agree to all this, you may readily become my disciple”.
Bhima agreed promptly to please Sadhu, after all he had his eyes on Sadhu’s treasure. Months passed and Bhima was still serving Sadhu to win his confidence. Bhima spent his days doing personal chores for Sadhu such as cooking his meals, washing his clothes and fetching water for him and his nights were spent in pressing Sadhu’s tired feet. Bhima had thought that by serving Sadhu he would win his confidence and Sadhu will give him the charge of his treasure, but to no avail.
As Bhima started to feel disheartened, one day a man arrived at the temple. The man came from a rich merchant in the city and he said, ” O holy sir, my master invites you to a grand meal he is hosting for all hermits, sages and Brahmins. He would be pleased if you would bless the feast by your presence.”
Sadhu accepted the invitation readily and he left for the city with Bhima and carried his treasure under his arm. On the way, as evening fell Sadhu saw a lake and he soon decided to have a bath and offer his evening prayers. But he was worried about his treasure so he thought to himself, “I must not fail to offer the prayers as they are part of my daily routine. But if I had to take a bath, I must put my treasure in a safe place, but there is none in this wilderness. Ah! surely I can leave it with Bhima, my trusted disciple. He will take care of it while I bathe and anyway he is not greedy nor he will steal it, for he has renounced all material goods.”
Sadhu then called upon Bhima and asked him to guard his treasure. Bhima was waiting for this opportunity, he happily volunteered and thus Sadhu handed his beloved treasure to Bhima and got down into the lake for a bath. Bhima was delighted, his patience paid at last.
As Sadhu lowered himself in the water, Bhima wasting not a single minute to look through the treasure, he simply took the bundle containing gold coins and ran away.
After his bath as Sadhu came out of the lake to wear his clothes and to reclaim his treasure, Bhima was nowhere to be found. At first Sadhu couldn’t believe that Bhima ran away but after searching high and low he found no one.Soon he realized what a trusting fool he had been.
* Materialistic – Money -oriented things like house, car, jewelry etc.