Once upon a time in a kingdom far away lived a barber named Pandu. Now Pandu had a simple life that is grooming the king. One day while he was going to the neighboring village through the forest he heard a voice from the tree “Would you like to become rich?”. He did not heed to the disturbance and kept walking. He heard the voice again. This time he turned around to see a Yakshini(sorceress) on the tree. She asked him again until he answered – “How?” The Yakshini said, all he had to do was turn back home and he would find pots of gold in his house.He fell for it now and quickly went home to find seven pots, six of them were filled with gold and the seventh one was empty and had a note in it. The note said – “Fill this one pot with gold and all the pots are your”. Pandu was in a dilemma for a moment but greed got the best of him.
He took all the gold in the house and put it in the pot, he sold all expensive things he had in his house and got gold coins and placed them in the pot as well. The pot was not even quarter full. He then decided to cut down his expenses by eating less and taking extra work outside the king’s palace. Whatever he would save he converted them to gold and placed them in the pot.
The king had been noticing Pandu for a while and one day asked him – “Pandu, you don’t look very well. Did you by any chance meet the Yakshini in the forest?” Pandu was surprised and told the king the whole story.
Pandu: ” How did you know I met the Yakshini? ”
King: ” You were a jolly good fellow and now look at you, you are tired and not focused on your work. And in the past I also had a similar experience.”
Pandu: ” Oh Great King, guide me. Tell me what you did.”
King: ” After reading the note, I realized it was a mistake so I went to the Yakshini and asked her nicely to take back all the pots and so she did. What a relief it was!!”
On hearing this Pandu went straight to the Yakshini and pleaded her to take the pots and so SHE DID!!!
On reaching home Pandu saw that along with her 6 pots of gold he had lost the pot which he had filled going through so much pain.
Moral: There are no shortcuts in life, if you have to take the stairs of hard-work. Do It. Have some patience and faith.