Neha was very upset because her little sister spilled water on
her science project. And, this was not the first time that her
sister had spoiled her school work. Therefore, Neha requested her
parents to buy her a study table with drawers where she could
safely keep her books.
Neha's parents could not afford to buy a brand new table.
However, they agreed to buy her a table from a second-hand
furniture store. One day after school, Neha's mother took her to
the second-hand furniture store, so that she could buy the table of
her choice. Though, there were not many choices in that store, Neha
pretended to look around.
She casually opened a drawer of an old black table. And, guess
what did she find? A small transparent plastic bag with some rupee
"Maybe I have found somebody's secret stuff. Am I the luckiest
twelve-year old? My birthday is approaching. With this money, I can
buy myself great presents…. maybe a bicycle, stationery,
dresses..... and maybe I can even buy things for my family", Neha
thought. She was overcome with greed and quickly slipped that bag
to the end of the drawer.
She went to her mother and told her that she wanted to buy that
black table. Neha's mother told her that the table looked too old
and she should look for something better. "No, I like this one. I
will paint it and glue some stickers on it to make it look better",
Neha insisted. She was feeling scared from inside but her greed
prompted her to lie.
Neha could not wait until everybody left after the table was
organized in the room. She locked the room, quickly opened the
drawer and took the plastic bag with rupee notes out. She found a
paper along with that money. It seemed that some old lady was
saving money for her children and grandchildren. Neha began
counting the money. She could hear her loud heart beat when she
finally reached a count of twelve thousand rupees.
But now, with the money she had, she thought that she would have
to make up many lies to spend that money. She would have to hide
the money all the time and was already feeling scared. She thought,
"This money is not meant for me. The old lady had been saving this
money for her family. She must have passed away and nobody would
have known about the money in the drawer. Therefore, the family
would have sold it to the second-hand furniture store."
Neha thought about her past week, "First, I failed my math test
and then my little sister destroyed my science project. I didn't
even get selected for the sports team. And finally, I found this
treasure and that too when my birthday is approaching! Yet, I don't
feel good about it… Why?"But she already knew the answer. She had
felt a constant fear of getting caught from the moment she thought
of stealing. She knew she would have to lie to spend the money and
one lie would eventually lead to another. Neha had lost her peace
of mind but she knew the right way from wrong. She had lost her
honesty for a while but wanted to regain it back.
She called her parents in the room and showed them the plastic
bag. She confessed to them that she had seen the bag in the store
itself but was overcome with greed and hence stole it. "Let us take
it back to the store and find the old lady's family", Neha told her
parents. Neha's parents didn't scold her but appreciated her
The store owner was quite surprised on hearing the story. "You
mean to say that you found almost twelve thousand rupees in cash
and you are here to return it?" he asked. Looking through the
records, he found the family's telephone number. Within a few
minutes, the family came over to the store. The family was similar
to Neha's family.They were still sad about her death and were also
in need of money. They had been praying for help and it turned out
that Neha brought in an answer to their prayers. Neha's parents had
tears in their eyes.
Neha thought, "I have never felt better after stealing. No new
bicycle or clothes can make me feel better. I may have failed the
math test but I passed more important test - lost and found test of
Moral:One would start feeling
burdensome & fearful with just the thought of lying. Dadashri
says, "When a person lies for his selfish motives, the result is
rebirth in the animal kingdom. If one lies while merit karmas are
unfolding then he/she may not be cought but he/she will receive
punishment for it in the next birth. In the susequent birth, even
if he/she speaks truth, he/she will be blamed for lying. Lying has
been the cause of loss of speech (being born dumb) & all this
is a punishment."