The Rise and Fall of the Merchant | Panchatantra Story
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Once upon a time, a very skilled businessman lived in a city. The king there knew about his ability, so he appointed him as the manager of his kingdom. The people of the state were very happy under his efficient management, due to which the king was also delighted.
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After a few days, the businessman arranged for his daughter to marry a wealthy boy from another city. On this happy occasion, he organised a huge feast and party. The businessman invited everyone from the royal family to all the people in his daughter’s marriage.
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On the invitation of the merchant, a servant of the royal family who used to sweep the palace also attended the feast. But by mistake, he sat on the seat reserved for the royal family. Seeing this servant’s action, the businessman got angry, and he grabbed the servant by the neck and pushed him out.
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The servant felt very ashamed and insulted and thought of taking revenge on the merchant.
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That servant swept the king’s room a few days after this incident. Seeing the king awake, he started grumbling, “This merchant has the guts to misbehave with the royal family.”
Hearing this, the king asked the servant, “Is it true?” Have you seen the merchant misbehaving?
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The servant immediately caught hold of the king’s feet and said, “Forgive me; I could not sleep the whole night, which is why I am mumbling something.”
The king did not say anything, but the servant had already sown the seed of doubt. On the same day, the king abolished the rights given to the merchant.
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The next day, when the merchant came to the palace, the gatekeeper stopped him at the door. The businessman was very surprised to see this, and he asked the gatekeeper why he was stopping him. The gatekeeper replied that it was allowed. That’s why the servant there taunted, “O gatekeeper, don’t you know who they are?” They are potent officers who can have you thrown out, as they did to me. On hearing this, the businessman understood that all this was only the work of that servant.
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After a few days, the merchant called that servant back to his house, entertained him a lot, and gave him gifts. Then he humbly apologised for his mistake, saying that whatever he had done was wrong and that he was spending the day in self-consolation.
The servant was pleased with his devotion and said, “Not only do you apologise to me, but you also did so much for me; don’t worry, I will get your lost respect back.”
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The next day, while sweeping the king’s room, he started grumbling, “Oh God, our king is such a fool; he wants to build a ladder to heaven.”
Hearing this, the king started trembling with anger and said, “Fool!” How dare you say such a thing? I am firing you from the job right now. The servant again fell at the king’s feet, apologised to the king, and repeated his old saying: “I could not sleep the whole night, so I am mumbling in my sleep.” “Now I swear never to mumble again.”
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The king forgave the servant and thought that if he could say such a wrong thing about me, he must have said something terrible about the merchant too, and I punished the innocent man without knowing the truth.
The next day, the king called the merchant to the palace, apologized, and gave him back his old position.
Lesson from the story: We should never blindly trust what someone has said or heard.
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