Psdhingra
Legal Analyst, Hrm
Smbhappy
Finance, Hr, Sectarial Practices, Law And
Pavithran
Head-hrd
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There once lived a great mathematician in a village outside Ujjain . He was often called by the local king to advice on matters related to the economy. His reputation had spread as far as Taxila in the North and Kanchi in the South.

So it hurt him very much when the village headman told him, "You may be a great mathematician who advises the king on economic matters but your son does not know the value of Gold or silver.

The mathematician called his son and asked, "What is more valuable - gold or silver?" "Gold," said the son. "That is correct. Why is it then that the village headman makes fun of you, claims you do not know the value of gold or silver? He teases me every day. He mocks me before other village elders as a father who neglects his son. This hurts me. I feel everyone in the village is laughing behind my back because you do not know what is more valuable, gold or silver. Explain this to me, son."

So the son of the mathematician told his father the reason why the village headman carried this impression. "Every day on my way to school, the village headman calls me to his house. There, in front of all village elders, he holds out a silver coin in one hand and a gold coin in other. He asks me to pick up the more valuable coin. I pick the silver coin. He laughs, the elders jeer, everyone makes fun of me. And then I go to school. This happens every day. That is why they tell you I do not know the value of gold or silver."

The father was confused. His son knew the value of gold and silver, and yet when asked to choose between a gold coin and silver coin always picked the silver coin. "Why don't you pick up the gold coin?" he asked. In response, the son took the father to his room and showed him a box. In the box were at least a hundred silver coins. Turning to his father, the mathematician' s son said, "The day I pick up the gold coin the game will stop. They will stop having fun and I will stop making money."

The bottom line is....

Sometimes in life, we have to play the fool's role because our seniors and our peers, and sometimes even our juniors like it. That does not mean we lose in the game of life. It just means allowing others to win in one arena of the game, while we win in the other arena of the game. We have to choose which arena matters to us and which arenas do not.

The only constant in LIFE is CHANGE… !!!

From India, Mumbai
Hi,
Nice one. Here is another story. The caretaker of the land lord was breathing his last. He called his son beside his bed and said: Look my son, I have a share of dinner every night with the land lord. After I am gone, you will be his care taker and the dinner also will be there for you. You should not lose it.
The care taker died. His son became the new care taker. That night, as usual, the land lord called the new care taker for dinner. He was eagerly waiting for the call and promptly attended the dinner and happily returned home. The following night he waited for the dinner call. But there was no call. And the dinner was lost for ever.
Regards.
Pavithran.

From India, Thanjavur
Hi Akshatha,
Of course, the story appeared earlier also under the caption "What is Smartness" at the following Link, it is however, a nice wisdom pearl to share.
What is smartness: <link no longer exists - removed>

From India, Delhi
Very motivating. It reminds me that a man can live without knowledge but not without "Common Sense". And Common Sense cannot be taught.
From India, Chandigarh
Great and a wonderful lesson ...Very apt in life.....an old hindi saying....aandhi me khajur ka per jhukta hai...tabhi woh sabse lamba ho jata hai....
From India, Madras
The meaning of Pavithran's article story is
The FATHER ENJOYED BEING CALLED FOR DINNER AND KNEW THAT HE IS ONLY A
CARE TAKER AND CANNOT HAVE A DINNER WITH A LANDLORD. BUT ONLY A SHARE
TO KEEP UP THE INVITATION AND MAINTAIN THE DIGNITY OF THE LANDLORD.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS KNOW YOUR ROLE IN EVERY ACTIVITY.
THEY SAY IT IN BENGALI JA KORBE STHAN KHAL PATRA DEKHE KORBE I.E
WHATEVER YOU DO , THINK OF THE PLACE, TIME AND YOUR ROLE
AND THEN YOU DO

From India, New Delhi
Hi Akshatha, The story is very nice which is very essential for many of us to know the real fact. Thanks a lot for sharing this story. With regards, PADMAVATHI SUBRAMANIAN
From India, Pondicherry
Hi Pavithran, It seems i am not able to grasp the moral of your story (Landlord & Caretaker) Could you kindly explain to us. Regards, Hariharan
From India, Mumbai
Hi Hariharan,
I thought u have seen Ranganath's posting. The father knew his position and never shared the dinner with the landlord. Thus he kept his share of dinner with the landlord till his death. His son was not wise enough to understand the meaning of what his father told him and accepted the invitation and shared the dinner with the landlord.
From the following day onwards the landlord did not call him for the dinner and the son lost the dinner for ever.
Regards.
Pavithran.

From India, Thanjavur
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