Motherless Son [Betrayal]
upon a time, King Brahmadatta was ruling in Benares in northern
India. He had a clever minister who pleased him very much. To show
his appreciation he appointed him headman of a remote border village.
His duty was to represent the king and collect the king's taxes
from the villagers.
long the headman was completely accepted by the villagers. Since
he had been sent by the just King Brahmadatta, they respected him
highly. They came to trust him as much as if he had been born among
addition to being clever, the headman was also very greedy. Collecting
the king's taxes was not enough reward for him. After becoming friendly
with a gang of bandits, he thought up a plan to make himself rich.
headman said to his friends, the robbers, "I will find excuses
and reasons to lead all the villagers into the jungle. This will
be easy for me, since they trust me as one of their own. I will
keep them busy in the jungle, while you invade the village and rob
everything of value. Carry everything away before I bring the people
home. In return for my help, you must give me half of all the loot!"
The bandits agreed, and a date was set.
When the day arrived, the headman assembled all the villagers and
led them into the jungle. According to the plan, the bandits entered
the unprotected village. They stole everything of value they could
find. They also killed all the defenseless village cows, and cooked
and ate the meat. At the end of the day the gang collected all their
stolen goods and escaped.
just so happened that on that very same day a travelling merchant
came to the village to trade his goods. When he saw the bandits
he stayed out of sight.
headman brought all the villagers home in the evening. He ordered
them to make a lot of noise by beating drums as they marched towards
the village. If the bandits had still been there, they would have
heard the villagers coming for sure.
village people saw that they had been robbed and all their cows
were dead and partly eaten. This made them very sad. The travelling
merchant appeared and said to them, 'This treacherous village headman
has betrayed your trust in him. He must be a partner of the gang
of bandits. Only after they left with all your valuables did he
lead you home. beating drums as loudly as possible!
man pretends to know nothing about what has happened - as
innocent as a newborn lamb! In truth, it's as if a son did something
so shameful that his mother would say: "I am not his mother,
he is not my son. My son is dead!"'
long, news of the crime reached the king. He recalled the treacherous
headman and punished him according to the law.
moral is: No one defends a betrayer of trust.