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Title: How much is this diamond worth
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-22 07:39:46
A diamond merchant who was an expert in his field died young. He left
behind his wife and a very young son.
When the child came of age his mother told him that his father had
left him an invaluable diamond and that he should go around and find
out its worth. She also told him that he should not sell it off but
only find out its value. The value given by each would be a reflection
of the person's intellect and not the value of the diamond.
The boy began around his house. He went first to the woman selling
vegetables and asked her how much she valued the diamond at. She told
him that she did not have much use of it but she was prepared to give
two carrots in exchange for the stone as a plaything for her child.
The boy next went to a petty shopkeeper and asked its value. The
shopkeeper told that he was prepared to give few hundred rupees for
Then the boy went to the local goldsmith who was prepared to give five
thousand rupees for the diamond. He went next to a jeweller who was
prepared to give twenty thousand rupees for the diamond. A stop at the
diamond merchant's shop drew an offer of a hundred thousand.
At last the boy went to an expert in rare and precious stones and he
readily disclosed that the diamond was so precious that even millions
of rupees were not enough for its exact value. In effect, he said that
the diamond was invaluable.
If we think about it, so is the value of the human life we are blessed
with. It is a different matter altogether that many of us do not
realise its value and like the vegetable seller, put a very low price
on it, squandering it on petty pursuits (and sense gratification).
But if we realise that this life is given to us only in order to
realise our souls and God, we appreciate that old phrase,
'ratan janam'. (Satyendra Garg, March 15, 2007)