Journey into Jain Aagam: The Adamant

Published: 20.11.2017

Once upon a time, there lived four friends. One day, they decided to go out to seek wealth and fortune. On their way, they came across an iron- ore mine. All of them filled their bags with as much iron- ore as they could possibly carry.

Flirther on, they came across silver mine. Three of the four friends emptied their bags and filled it with silver. The fourth refused to throw away the iron- ore and fill it with silver. As they walked ahead, they came across a gold mine. Again, three of them threw away the silver and filled their bags with gold but the fourth friend kept the iron- ore itself. The three friends tried to convince him but in vain, so they resumed their journey. Lastly, they came across a mine full of sparkling diamonds. Quickly, the three friends filled their bags with diamonds, even this time the fourth friend remained firm on his stand and accused his friends of not having a stable mind. Without further arguments, the four friends started back for the hometown.

The three friends sold their diamonds and became rich. On the other hand, the fourth one could only earn a small amount of money by selling the iron- ore. He had to earn his living by selling grams and pulses, etc. One day, while selling grams, he met his three friends. They told him about their fortune and luxuries. On hearing all this, the fourth friend was very unhappy due to his pitiful state. Now, he repented for having been so adamant and arrogant but

All the three friends enjoying their luxurious life and the fourth one repenting for being so adamant.

it is well known that there is no use of crying over spilt milk. Had he filled his bag with diamonds as the others had done, he too would have been able to live a luxurious and comfortable life like the other friends.

Thus it is said, 'Wise men sometimes change their mind but a fool does not.'

Sources


Jain Stories

Title: Journey into Jain Aagam
Author: Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha
Publisher: Jain Vishwa Bharati
Edition: 2001

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