Man Named Wise [Cheating]
upon a time, the Enlightenment Being was born in a merchant's family
in Benares, in northern India. He was given the name Wise. When
he grew up he began doing business with a man whose name just happened
to be Verywise.
came to pass that Wise and Verywise took a caravan of 500 bullock
carts into the countryside. After selling all their goods they returned
to Benares with their handsome profits.
it came time to split their gains between them, Verywise said, "I
should get twice as much profit as you." "How come?"
asked Wise. "Because you are Wise and I am Verywise. It is
obvious that Wise should get only half as much as Verywise."
Wise asked, "Didn't we both invest equal amounts in this caravan
trip? Why do you deserve twice as much profit as I?" Verywise
replied, "Because of my quality of being Verywise." In
this way their quarrel went on with no end in sight.
Verywise thought, "I have a plan to win this argument."
So he went to his father and asked him to hide inside a huge hollow
tree. He said, "When my partner and I come by and ask how to
share our profits, then you should say, 'Verywise deserves a double
returned to Wise and said, 'My friend, neither of us wants this
quarrel. Let's go to the old sacred tree and ask the tree spirit
to settle it."
they went to the tree Verywise said solemnly, "My lord tree
spirit, we have a problem. Kindly solve it for us." Then his
father, hidden inside the hollow tree, disguised his voice and asked,
"What is your question?" The man's cheating son said,
"My lord tree spirit, this man is Wise and I am Verywise. We
have done business together. Tell us how to share the profits."
Again disguising his voice, his father responded, "Wise deserves
a single share and Verywise deserves a double share."
this solution, Wise decided to find out if it really was a tree
spirit speaking from inside the tree. So he threw some hay into
it and set it on fire. Immediately Verywise's father grabbed onto
a branch, jumped out of the flames and fell on the ground. He said
in his own voice, "Although his name is Verywise, my son is
just a clever cheater. I'm lucky that the one named Wise really
is so, and I've escaped only half toasted!"
Wise and Verywise shared their profits equally. Eventually they
both died and were reborn as they deserved.
moral is: A cheater may be clever but