Tuesday, August 28, 2007


There was a king who had a large number of courtiers. Each one of these courtiers declared he was ready to sacrifice his life for his master, and that he was the most sincere being ever born.

In course of time, a Sannyasin (saint) came to the king. The king told him that there never was a king who had so many sincere courtiers as he had. The Sannyasin smiled and said he did not believe that.

The king asked the Sannyasin to test it if he liked. So the Sannyasin declared that he would perform a
great yajna (sacrifice) which would extend the king's reign by a several years. He put a condition that a
small tank should be made into which each one of the courtiers will pour a pitcher of milk, in the dark of night.

The king smiled and said, 'Is this the test?' He asked his courtiers to come to him, and told them what was to be done. They all expressed their joyful assent to the proposal and returned. In the dead of night, they came and emptied their pitchers into the tank.

In the morning, the tank was found to be full of water, with no trace of milk. The courtiers were assembled and questioned about the matter. They admitted that each one of them had thought there would be so many pitchers of milk so his pouring water instead of milk would not be detected!

Moral: If you try to cheat in a team-work, remember it will be found out.

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