The Wise Son

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There lived a wise man named Amarsen in the town of Shrivasti. He had four sons all of whom desired to become the heir of his property and wealth. He wanted to test all of them so as to find out who was the most suitable of his sons to have the inheritance. This is what he did to find out. The story runs like this ......

Submitted: June 30, 2020

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Once upon a time, there lived a wise man named Amarsen in the town of Shrivasti. He had four sons all of whom desired to become the heir of his property and wealth. He wanted to find out who out of his sons was the most deserving to get his inheritance. So he decided to go on a long pilgrimage to distant religious places, so he called his sons to break the news.

He told them: “I am going on a long religious pilgrimage and will return after about four years. After handing over ten wheat grains to each, he tells that whoever will make the best use of the grains will become eligible to receive all my wealth.” Saying this he left home for the pilgrimage.

After he left, his first son threw away the grains thinking them to be useless.

The second son thought if he ate the grains, his father would think that he had made the best use of the grains. So he ate them thinking that he would get all his wealth.

The third son kept them in front of the deity in the temple of their home thinking that his father would consider it to be the best use.

The fourth one decided to sow them in the land near their fields. Gradually, the grains turned into plants, which began bearing grains themselves. He again planted many more grains, which all turned into plants. Thus he was able to reap a rich harvest of wheat, which he stored carefully after packing them into many bags. He decided that he would offer them to his father when he came back.

On returning from the pilgrimage after four years, Amarsen called his sons one by one to find out what they had done with the grains.

When his fourth son told that he had turned ten grains into many bags of wheat grains, he was very happy. When his son showed him those bags full of wheat grains, he was proud of him.

Amarsen called all his sons to explain to them what his fourth son had done with the grains. He then declared him to be the sole heir of his wealth and property in their presence.

The story highlights – We reflect our wisdom in how we make use of our resources how small they may be. 

 


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