Once, in a small village called
Rampur, there lived two friends named Suresh and Mahesh. Since
childhood, they learned and played together as they grew up. As
adults, Suresh who was detached from worldly pleasures remained a
bachelor, while Mahesh got married.
After marriage, Mahesh got burdened with all the
responsibilities of the household. His parents had aged and the
responsibility of his younger siblings was now on Mahesh's
shoulders. In due course, he also became the father of three
children. Due to a two year long famine, his harvests had been
unfruitful. In these circumstances, he mortgaged his land and
started taking loans on it in order to meet his household expenses.
In this way, his debts piled up and gradually his burdens kept
He was at a loss and wondered, "Now, what should I do? I think I
must start a new business or take up a job in the city."
During this period, a hermit had come to his village. In order
to attract crowds, the hermit started performing so called
'miracles'. The poor and less fortunate people of the village were
impressed by all these acts and started falling into his trap.
Mahesh, like others, approached the hermit, who heard his
woes and consoled him saying, "Your stars are not favorable. You
will have to make a few offerings along with prayers and everything
will be fine." Then he placed a coin on Mahesh's palm and chanted
some 'mantra'. In a few moments, the coin became extremely hot. It
burned Mahesh and he threw it off his palm.
The hermit said, "Son, you will have to offer peace prayers
which will incur some cost that you will have to pay for."
Mahesh accepted the incident as real, and believed that he
needed to rectify the fault in his fate as suggested by the hermit.
He started to take more money on loan to pay the hermit. The hermit
continued to take advantage of Mahesh, by fooling him with new
miracles on a regular basis. In this way, Mahesh almost became
broke. Mahesh couldn't see a way out and was thoroughly confused
about what he should do next.
Coincidentally one day, he came across his childhood friend
Suresh. Suresh was shocked to see Mahesh in this state. Mahesh
related everything to his friend Suresh; who immediately understood
that it was a fraud in the name of the miracles.
Suresh said to Mahesh, "Come on, let's both go to the hermit."
Suresh informed the police of the sham and took the police along
Upon meeting the hermit, Suresh pretended as though he was also
very unfortunate and needed some help.
"Sir, please help me. Everything I do goes wrong."
The hermit as expected placed a coin on his palm and chanted a
'mantra'. A few moments later, the coin became extremely hot. In
order to trap the saint, Suresh behaved as though he was dazzled by
the act. The saint then produced some red vermillion powder from
Seeing this Suresh said, "Why are you producing red vermillion
powder? Produce something that will be of use to people. If you
produce saffron, at least it can be used to make sweet milk.
Produce money, so it can be useful to donate to poor people. You
have put up a phony act. You are swindling people in the name of
The hermit got scared and tried to run away but Suresh
immediately signaled the police to catch him. The hermit accepted
that he used hand tricks and scientific experiments to make a show
of 'miracles', in order to spread blind faith and swindle people.
The police interrogated him and got him to return everybody's money
and valuables. Mahesh also got his money and valuables back.
Suresh threatened the hermit saying, "Tell us how the coin got
hot or else you will have to go to prison." The mortified hermit
answered, "On applying a particular chemical to a metal coin, due
to the formation of a chemical compound, the coin heats up by
itself in a few moments. The spectator would feel as if a miracle
truly happened, but it is not a miracle, it is just science.''
Hearing this, Mahesh thanked
Suresh for saving him from ruining his life and decided to begin
living his life anew.
Friends, if you witness such
miracles, from now onwards you will be careful, won't you? You will
not get conned, right?