Journey into Jain Aagam: Develop Your Reasoning Mind

Published: 16.11.2017

Long ago, in Rajgriha, there lived a rich and a famous person, Dhanya with his four sons Dhanpal, Dhandev, Dhandatta and Dhanrakshit. His sons were married to Ujjhita, Bhogavati, Rakshita and Rohini respectively.

After sometime, Dhanya thought, "Now, I have grown old and my end can come anytime. So, before going I must make my family understand the hardships and practical aspects of life. I must make some further arrangement for the better and bright future of my family, so that they can always live a happy and smooth life without any dispute."

Thinking this, he drew a plan in his mind to give appropriate work and responsibility to the person, who was best suited for it and accordingly he proceeded. He organized a grand celebration, in which he gave five grains of rice to each of daughters-in-law and told them, "Return it to me when I ask for."

The eldest daughter-in-law, Ujjhita couldn't understand the mystery behind it. She considered it to be useless and of no importance. Without even giving it a second thought, she threw the grains in the dustbin and told her husband, "If father-in-law would ask for it, I will give five grains of rice from the storeroom. It will hardly make any difference."

The second daughter-in-law, Bhogavati ate all five grains of rice, thinking that it was a gesture of grace of her father-in-law and she would also give five grains of rice from the store-room, when asked for it.

But the third daughter-in-law, Rakshita thought, "These grains were given in the grand celebration by my old father-in-law. There must be some strong reason behind it and so I must take care of them." So she preserved them in a box.

The youngest daughter-in-law, Rohini was the wisest amongst them. She thought, "There must be some unknown mystery behind it, which I have to solve." She considered that it was a perfect time to use her intelligence and brainpower. She sent those grains to her parents and asked them to sow it in a farm so

All the four daughters-in-law done with the rice grains in their own way of thinking

that she could make some large quantity out of it. And exactly the same thing happened. After harvesting and re-sowing of the rice, they grew into a large bulk.

After five years, Dhanya again called up a grand celebration by inviting a large number of people and then, called his daughters-in-law and asked them to return the rice.

Ujjhita got five grains of rice from the store­room and gave him. Dhanya asked him, "Are these those grains which I gave you?" She told the truth. After listening carefully, he gave her the responsibility of home cleanliness, as she would throw away all unnecessary and wasteful things, in the process of cleaning. By this, their home would always remain neat and clean.

On asking Bhogavati, she replied, "I ate them, thinking that it was Prasaad given by you." After hearing, Dhanya gave her the responsibility of the kitchen, as she would make use of every tiny thing in the process of making food.

As the third daughter-in-law had preserved the grains, she got the responsibility of looking after the money matters. Dhanya thought, "She will save and preserve as much money as she can. She will also not spend the money unnecessarily."

After that Rohini replied, "My rice cannot come without carts." She explained everything to Dhanya in a very polite manner. Therefore, due to her

Rohini explaining to Dhanya that she needs carts to bring those five rice grains

intelligence, everyone appreciated her. She was given the responsibility of managing the whole family and the house as she had all appropriate characteristics required for it.

Each and every person in this world has got some different ability, nature and characteristics of his own. Accordingly, the appropriate work or responsibility should be given to an appropriate person at an appropriate place and at an appropriate time, to avoid disputes within a family and to lead a practical, prosperous and a happy life.

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Jain Stories

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

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