The Three Buddha’s

Long ago in a small village near Magadha (Capital city of Mauryan Empire) there was an idol seller. He was very famous because he sculpted 3 Buddha idols, that were identical but varied in their prices. The value of first idol was 1 gold coin, the value of second one was 100 gold coins and the value of the third one was 1000 gold coins. Since the idols were identical, people of the village found no meaning in purchasing the idols.

The popularity of the idol seller grew to such an extent that even the king Ashoka got to know about him. Out of curiosity king Ashoka summoned the idol seller to his court. As per the orders, the idol seller reached the court with his 3 idols. The king saw the idols, as heard they were identical and found no logic behind different prices of same idols.

When asked the reason, the seller took out a thread, inserted in the ear of first idol, the thread came out from the other ear. Upon inserting the thread in the ear of second idol, the thread came out of it’s mouth. The third idol which was valued against 1000 gold coins, had the thread inserted in it’s ear and the thread remained inside, it never came out.

The courtiers and the king were unable to appreciate the logic, so the seller explains, “There are 3 categories of people in the world, the first kind of people, listen to things and forget, they never bother or analyse it. Such people are represented by first idol that values only one gold coin. The second kind of people listen to things and wheather they apply it on themselves or not, they pass it on to others by words. These kind of people are represented by second idol, that has a value of 100 gold coins, because they are spreading something informative which might help others. The last kind of people are the ones, who listen wise words, apply it on themselves and don’t try to change people around, they accept the people as they are and the world as it is. The third idol priced against 1000 gold coins represents such people.”

The king after listening to him praised and rewarded him for his way of teaching great things in a simple manner.

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