Once upon a time there was a moneylender in a city. He was very soft-spoken and intelligent. He was highly praised throughout the city and he also helped people as much as he could. Once he fell very ill, he started feeling that death is near, so he called his son.
As much as moneylender was intelligent, his son was worthless and dull. The moneylender called him and said, “Son, now you have to handle this business.” I want to tell you some things, you remember these three things of mine. Firstly, go for business in the shade and come back in the shade. Only eat fresh food and always have sweet talks with everyone. The moneylender died as soon as he said this.
The moneylender’s son, obeying his father, got a palanquin to go in the shade and hired laborers to carry it. Arranged for a cook for fresh food who would walk with him all the time and talk sweetly to everyone. Thus the income went to the valley and the expenditure kept increasing. The moneylender’s son started living in worries. A few days later it became difficult to pay the salaries of the servants he had with him.
Business became a burden for him and his father’s advice seemed meaningless. Now he started staying at home. One day a monk came to his door, the moneylender’s son was lost in his thoughts. The monk called him out loud and asked him the reason for his trouble. The moneylender’s son told the monk in detail. The monk started laughing loudly after listening to him.
The monk said, “Son, your father has shown you the right path, you have made the wrong meaning, then why do you curse your father.” Your father told you to go and come back in the shade, he meant you go before sunrise and return after sunset and that’s shade of stars. His second point was, eating fresh food i.e. you must have daily earning for your food, and thirdly sweet talk, then his idea is also correct, because if there is no restraint on speech then how your business will grow.
The moneylender’s son took the steps of the monk, thanked him for his good advice and promised to follow the same things in the future. In this way he took care of his father’s business very well in a short time. Read More…