A young boy named Manan was living in the countryside in a small
farming village. His father worked hard in the farm to earn money,
while his mother would do all the household work & help with
farm chores. Although, his parents wanted him to study well in a
school, so he wouldn't have to struggle on fields as a farmer but
Manan was very mischievous & never liked to study.
As Manan grew older, he became stubborn too. When he joined high
school, he had to work hard to pass his classes & therefore, he
dreaded going to school even more. Eventually, he started skipping
classes to play outside along with other boys who didn't want to
study. Three months passed like this & the final exams were
just around the corner. Meanwhile, Manan's parents didn't know
about any of this.
Since Manan had skipped all the classes, he could not catch up
with his studies & failed. Seeing his report card, his parents
became very worried. Managing one year of school fees was difficult
for them to begin with & they hardly managed to make ends meet.
They didn't get angry with Manan but instead went to his school to
check if there was any mistake in the grades. It was then they
learned that Manan had not attended school for the last three
Upon learning this, his parents felt very sad & frustrated.
Not only because Manan wasted an entire school year but also
because he had lied to his parents & disrespected his teachers.
They asked Manan an explanation. In reply, Manan rudely said, "I
don't want to study. You're forcing me to go to school. Do whatever
you can; I am not going there again!" His parents tried to explain
him but he wasn't ready to listen to a word. Manan's father lost
patience & scolded him saying, "What do you want to do if not
study? Do you want to walk around on the roads & beg for food?"
Manan retorted even more forcefully, "Ok! If that's what I can do
to avoid school, I'll do that" & without hearing any more, he
left the house.
Manan wandered through the neighborhood & after some time
reached another town. For a couple of days, he enjoyed being
outside of home & away from school without any restrictions.
Within two days, he spent all the money he had in his pockets to
buy food. He slept on a bench in a garden. He had no shelter &
no work to do. Nobody had enough trust to give work to a poor
school boy. Days passed by & Manan became very lean without
People who passed by, threw coins at him assuming he was a
beggar. Manan gathered the coins & bought a loaf of bread. As
soon as he started eating it, a hungry stray dog ran by &
snatched it away from him. Winter was approaching fast & Manan
didn't have anything to cover himself during the cold night. He
slept shivering on the bench. Eventually, Manan got very sick due
to hunger & cold. He then thought of his mother who had always
kept meals ready for him in the morning & evening & his
father who covered him with a soft, warm blanket during cold
nights. He also remembered how lovingly his parents took care of
him whenever he had fever. He started missing his parents a
The next day, a kind boy named Chintan saw him &
sympathized. He gave him a blanket to use along with food &
medicine. Gradually Manan recovered, so Chintan found him a job at
the grocery store where he used to work. Soon, they became good
friends. One day, Manan asked Chintan about his parents. Chintan
started crying. Surprised Manan asked why he was crying. Chintan
replied that his parents died when he was five years old. He was
raised by a kind man with whom he now lived in a hut.
Then, Manan told Chintan his story about how he left his
parents. Chintan advised him in a friendly way, "Manan, my friend,
you don't have to lose your parents to realize how important they
are! Aren't you lucky to have loving parents who want you to study
at school? If I were in your place, I would never come to this shop
& work." Manan realized all his mistakes & repented a lot.
He asked Chintan, "My friend, I've come far away from my parents.
I've spoilt a year at school. How can I show them my face now?
Chintan took Manan to the old man with
whom he lived. Manan told the old man everything. He told him about
how he didn't like studying, skipped school, lied to them, so no
one would find out at home, failed in his exams, about how he spoke
harshly & rudely to his loving parents & finally left home.
Manan cried continuously while talking to the old man. The old man
didn't say a word to console Manan & let him cry. Almost every
single day, Manan would sit in front of the old man, recall the
selfless love of his parents & end up crying with repentance.
He felt that his parents will never forgive him for his
The floor of the hut was finished with hard soil. After some
time, with Manan repenting everyday on the same place, his tears
made the soil damp & soft. When Manan's crying stopped, the old
man pointed him to the dampened floor & told him, "Oh Dear
child! If your tears of repentance could dampen the hard soil, why
can't it touch the soft hearts of your parents? They will certainly
forgive you." Manan asked, "My parents are far away from me &
they can't even see me. How can my tears touch their hearts?"
The old man replied, "If you repent truly for all the hurt you
have given others, the pure vibrations of your repentance
definitely reach & heal others." He then explained the three
steps of pratikraman to Manan. From that day onwards, Manan started
doing pratikraman for his parents day & night deciding never to
repeat his mistakes again (pratyakhyan) & asked for strength.
He worked hard & decided to earn money to pay back for the year
of school tuition that he had wasted & then go back to live
with his parents. Everyday, he started doing pratikraman &
pratyakhyan for his parents in his daily routine.He was pretty
close to get his final paycheck to make his goal.
One day, while he was working, the
shopkeeper told him that someone was waiting for him outside. Manan
went out & saw his mother & father waiting eagerly for him.
They had come searching for him! He rushed to them & hugged
them. He instantly apologized to his parents for all the mistakes
he made. They didn't have any complaint against Manan & instead
they apologized for not being able to stop him from running away
& for being tough with him. They felt proud of Manan as he
received his last paycheck that made up an amount equal to one year
of his tuition fees. Manan & his parents heartily thanked
Chintan & the wise man for their help & happily left for
their town, together.
Moral:Education is one of the ways to
learn lessons in life & getting training. Education helps in
imparting moral values in our lives & therefore, it is highly
significant to be educated. Pratikraman is the way to repent for
your mistakes & by that, you can completely come out of your
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