In a village by the Ganges, there once lived a Brahmin. He was religious and God fearing man. He earned his living by performing prayers in other people’s homes.
One day the Brahmin went, to a neighboring village to perform prayers. In return for his services, he received a goat as a present.
The Brahmin was very pleased and he set off home with the goat on his shoulders, he thought to himself, “This was a generous family, to have given me a goat. My wife and children will be very pleased.
As he walked down winding path to his village, he didn’t notice that he was being followed by three crooks.
“We have to get that plump goat, ”Said the first crook. It will make a great dinner for us, “said the second crook. “We need to think of a plan fast, if we had to get the goat,” said the third crook.
The three crooks then hatched a plan to fool to fool the Brahmin.
The first crook approached the Brahmin and said, “Dear Brahmin, you are a holy man, why are you carrying a dirty dog on your shoulders?” “A dirty dog you say, can’t you see that it is a poor little goat. Are you blind?” said the Brahmin angrily. “I am not blind, you certainly are if you carry a dirty dog on your shoulders, and call it a goat.” So saying the first crook laughed and walked away.
After sometime, the second crook said, “you are a holy man, why are you carrying a dead calf on your shoulder?” “A dead calf!” the Brahmin was furious. “This is a live goat and not a dead calf.” “Well do not get upset, it certainly is a dead calf. You are free to do as you please,” the second crook laughed and left.
The Brahmin had barely walked some distance when the third crook came running. Waving his arms towards the Brahmin, “stop! Stop! Brahmin drop that donkey at once, if people see you carrying a donkey on your shoulders, you can imagine what they will think of you.”
By now Brahmin was very confused. Three different peoples had told him he was carrying an animal other than goat. Something must be wrong. “This is not a goat; this must be monster that keeps changing its form.” The terrified Brahmin threw the goat down and ran the home as fast as he could.
The three crooks had a great laugh. They had succeeded in their plan. How foolish the Brahmin was not to believe in himself. They picked up the goat and left.
Trust yourself before you trust others.
I remember, Steve Jobs 1 of the popular quote with similar lesson, Check image for it: