Story on Counterfeit Coins


Compiled  by London swaminathan

Post No.2276

Date: 26 October 2015

Time uploaded in London: 17-15

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My teacher at Setupati High School, Madurai (Tamil Nadu, India) taught us a simple thing. When you see a counterfeit coin or currency note, never ever circulate it. Destroy it because It produces a chain reaction of cheating:

  1. Someone gave me a fake coin and cheated me; I get angry and frustrated.
  2. But to revenge that cheater, I cunningly pass it on to another person in the darkness or when the other one was not alert. That way I also become a criminal by circuiting the false money.
  3. The person who received try the same thing. So one coin or fake currency creates hundreds of cheaters.

My teacher V G Srinivasan voluntarily took such fake coins or currency notes and cut them in to two and threw them into dust bin or drainage so that no one else could use it. Though he lost the money, he tried to create a better society. From the day I learnt it from him, I have been following it. In London coins of several countries change hands every day because of tourist traffic. Sometimes the coins which look like British coins come to my hand. Immediately I add them to my old coin collection. If I get counterfeit currency I destroy them.

When I read a story told by Swami Ramdas of Anandhashram, I am reminded of my teacher who is no more.


Nine  Counterfeit British-pound Coins

Here is the story:

A saint was earning his bread by stitching clothes. A person, who got a great quantity of cloth prepared into garments by this saint, used to pay him for the work in counterfeit coins. The saint was quietly accepting the bad coins although he knew them to be false.

One day the saint had to go out on some work, leaving his shop in charge of the servant. At that time, the patron came for getting the clothes made. And, as usual, he offered some bad coins. These the servant returned saying, “These are bad coins. Give me good ones.”

When the saint returned, his servant said, “A certain man from the town had come to deceive me by paying  counterfeit coins.”. The saint replied: “Why did you not take the false coins? He is always paying me such coins which I accept readily. I am burying them all underground. If I not accept them, you know, other people will be cheated by him.”

That is how saints serve the society.

(It does not mean that we have to keep quiet when a person continuously cheats some one or the society. We have legal ways to trap such people and punish them.)