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Insight - "Shemushi": [25] Righteous Faith

Published: 05.02.2009

Righteous Faith

Some people are compulsive liars. The lies could be caused by anger, greed, and fear or to amuse people and themselves. This shows an inherent weakness in a man's character. Some people with their gift of the gab are very good at leading people astray. This is undesirable behaviour. It misleads many people.

Once in a village named Kantaliya, a robbery took place. The victim lost many ornaments. Nobody could find the thief. A blind man also lived in the same village. The villagers believed that this blind man had some special powers and could help them by telling the name of the thief.

Hence the villagers went to the blind man and asked him to help them by telling the name ofthe thief.

The blind man before saying anything asked Bhikhanaji whom he thought the thief was. Bhikhanaji understood that this man was a fraud and did not have the powers to tell anything. He just deceived people. But Bhikhanaji wanted the people to know about his deceit. So named someone as Majana. So when the villagers gathered around him he pretended he was being visited by a celestial being and started uttering gibberish. After this act he uttered the name Majana. It got around that Majana was the culprit.

On hearing this, a person who served royalty came towards the blind man angrily swinging his baton. People turned around to see him. This man shouted that Majana was the name of his goat. How could his goat steal jewellery?

The blind man was warned by the owner of the he-goat to be careful in the future; otherwise he could be in dire trouble. Everyone came to know that the blind man was a fraud.

It is rightly said - One should be simple minded. Simple living and simple behaviour will make a person's day-to-day living less complicated. He will see other people also in a simple and plain way. He will not stand on judgment. A deceitful person never trusts the other person and always lives on the edge. When one lives a lie one creates a web of deceit and gets entangled in it.

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Edition: June, 2003

Publisher: Jain Vishva Bharati Ladnun

English Translation: Samani Mudit Pragya

Price: Rs. 50.00
Printed by: Shree Vardhaman Press

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