Two Stories: Get the same ‘pleasure’ like me! (Post No 5014)

Let others also get the same ‘pleasure’ like me! Two Stories (Post No 5014)


WRITTEN by London Swaminathan 


Date: 15 May 2018


Time uploaded in London – 18-17 (British Summer Time)


Post No. 5014


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Good associations provide the greatest of help

Bad company is productive of the worst evil- Tirukkural 460

Great saints prayed to God for others getting the same pleasure they received by worshipping him. In the same way, there are cut throats who derive pleasure when others suffer like them. There are two folk tales in the Telugu country to illustrate this point.

There was a vendor in a village in the Andhra country. One day he went to a temple where he saw a hole in the idol. Normally people used to place coins there. With the intention of taking that coin he checked with his finger to locate the coin.


There was a scorpion waiting to sting. He was stung by the scorpion. He was a very cunning vendor. So without showing the pain he took his finger nearer to his nose and pretended enjoying the smell. Not only that he shouted, Oh! What a smell; what a fragrance! I have never experienced such a thing in y life!


Hearing this other vendors who accompanied him also put their fingers one by one. Every one said the same thing about good fragrance. All of them were stung by the scorpion in succession and each one tried to fool the others!

Great men think alike; great cheats behave alike or pretend alike!


Thrashed by Thieves


Purity of mind and purity of actions

Spring from purity associations – Tirukkural 455


One day vendor went to the village market with a plate full of eatables for selling. A couple of wily thieves met him half way to the market, gave him a severe beating and walked away with the snacks. He returned to his village quickly.


Another vendor was surprised to see him return that quickly. He asked him how was the demand for the snacks in the market. He was also carrying a plate full of eatables for sale. He coolly replied to him, “Why go to the market, when half way up people come demanding for them?” The unsuspecting vendor rushed towards the market and was interrupted by the same rogues. They thrashed him and took away all the snacks. He returned quickly to the village and behaved as if nothing happened!

That is why wise people advise everyone to have good and honest people as companions.



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