SHORT STORY: LESSON FROM AN ELDERLY MAN

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    Once there was an old man from Arabia. He had three sons. When he was nearing his end, he called his sons to his death bed and told them, “When I die, you are to divide my belongings as follows.” He then turned to his oldest son and said, “I want you to take half of my worldly possessions.” Next he turned to middle son and said, “I want you to have one-third of my belongings.” Finally, he told his youngest son, “You shall have one-ninth of my worldly belongings.” Shortly thereafter the elderly man died. When an account was taken, of his possessions, it was discovered that all he owned were 17 camels. This made the sons uncomfortable, and they began discussing the division of those 17 camels.

    It was impossible to divide the camels exactly as per their father’s death wish. So, they began to quarrel among themselves about their share. Finally, not knowing what to do, they went to a friend of their father’s, for advice.

    The friend quickly realised that the 17 camels could not be divided into a half, a third and a ninth. He thought for a while and said, “I am poor. I own, only one camel. But if I give that camel to your herd, you can divide the camels according to your father’s wishes and have harmony among yourselves.’

    When he added his own camel to the 17, it became 18 camels, which could easily be divided as per his friend’s death wish. To the eldest he then gave one half, that is, nine camels. To the middle son, he gave one third, which turned out to be six camels. To the youngest he gave one-ninth of 18, which turned out to be two camels. And the boys left happily.

    When the elderly friend turned around, he realized, lo and behold, his own camel remained. He thanked God, saying—‘O God, Your wisdom surpasses all understanding.

The story illustrates the unwritten bliss that we never lose when we give.

By Kamlesh Tripathi

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