Story of an Envious Neighbour!


Compiled by London swaminathan

Date : 4 September  2015

Post No. 2125

Time uploaded in London : 19-18

He who is envious needs no enemy to ruin him. Envy itself is enough to bring him ruin – Tirukkural couplet 165

There were two people living next to one another in a village nearby a forest. One has a big and beautiful house and the other has an ordinary house. The person with the small house was very jealous of his neighbour. But that neighbour was very good.

One day the jealous person decided to go to the forest and do some penance for getting more money. To his surprise, an ascetic appeared before him in a short time. He asked the man what he wanted. When he told his story, the ascetic did not find much time to judge the person. But yet he gave him three boons to the jealous person on one condition:

“Look! My dear friend. I can see that you are very jealous of your neighbour. But yet I will fulfil your desire. Here is a dice. You have three chances to become rich. Because you are jealous of your neighbour whatever you get , your neighbour will get double the times. After giving the dice he went away”.

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The jealous man came home and started scheming. First he threw the dice and asked for a big and beautiful house with all the facilities. He got it at once and his neighbour got it twice the size. Now his jealousy grew more. He remembered the proverb, “Even if I lose one eye, my enemy must lose both the eyes”. So he threw the dice for the second time praying that he should lose one of his eyes. He lost it. His neighbour lost both the eyes. Now he was very happy. He was thinking about what else he can do to destroy his neighbour. Suddenly a “good” idea flashed in his mind. He threw the dice for the last time praying half of his house must go beneath the ground. And it went down immediately. His neighbour got it doubly. His whole house went under the ground. Because he became blind, he did not realise what was happening. But his servants saw the happiness on the face of the jealous neighbour and found out the mumbo jumbo he was doing. They beat him severely and took all his wealth and ran away.


This is a folk tale. Villagers spread their age old wisdom through stories.

Jealousy: Wisdom from Indian Villages


Written by London swaminathan

Date : 2 September  2015

Post No. 2118

Time uploaded in London : 19-39

None has grown richer by envying

And no one has lost by not envying –Tirukkural 170

Envy destroys one’s wealth and leads one to evil deeds – 168

The Goddess of Good Fortune (Lakshmi) cannot bear the sight of envious people

Whom she will turn over to her elder sister (Alakshmi, Jyeshtadvi) — 167


There were two Brahmins, one is an illiterate and another is a learned. Both of them visited the king in the neighbouring county. The king treated them well and gave them equal respect. He gave them a gold coin every day. But the learned Brahmin was very jealous about the illiterate getting the same respect like him. When the illiterate Brahmin was gone to his room, he told the king, “Oh, King, don’t you know the proverb that says ‘give your daughter knowing the family (Gotra) and give money knowing the person (Paatra)’? Moreover that illiterate Brahmin has got two concubines. I am very learned and yet you give me the same treatment. Then he went home.

Next day both of them came to see the king. Now the king gave three gold coins to the illiterate and only one coin to the learned Brahmin. He became very angry and waited till the other person gone. He told the king, “Even after I explained to him his characterless life and his lack of knowledge in scriptures, you gave him three gold coins and only one gold coin to me. Why are you insulting the learned like this?”

The king replied, “Look, learned Brahmin! I am paying according to the needs, not according to your knowledge. You only told me that he has a larger family. I don’t want him to suffer.”

The Brahmin went home confused!