Huge Lump of Gold [Moderation]
upon a time there was a rich village. The wealthiest of the villagers
decided to hide a huge lump of gold to protect it from bandits and
robbers. So he buried it in a nearby rice field.
years later, the village was no longer rich, and the rice field
was abandoned and unused. A poor farmer decided to plow the field.
After some time plowing, it just so happened that his plow struck
the long forgotten buried treasure.
first he thought it must be a very hard tree root. But when he uncovered
it, he saw that it was beautiful shining gold. Since it was daytime
he was afraid to try and take it with him. So he covered it up again
and waited for nightfall.
poor farmer returned in the middle of the night. Again he uncovered
the golden treasure. He tried to lift it, but it was far too heavy.
He tied ropes around it and tried to drag it. But it was so huge
he couldn't budge it an inch. He became frustrated, thinking he
was lucky to find a treasure, and unlucky to not be able to take
it with him. He even tried kicking the huge lump of gold. But again
it wouldn't budge an inch!
he sat down and began to consider the situation. He decided the
only thing to do was to break the lump of gold into four smaller
lumps. Then he could carry home one piece at a time.
thought, "One lump I will use for ordinary day-to-day living.
The second lump I will save for a rainy day. The third lump I will
invest in my farming business. And I will gain merit with the fourth
lump by giving it to the poor and needy and for other good works."
a calm mind he divided the huge lump of gold into these four smaller
lumps. Then it was easy to carry them home on four separate trips.
he lived happily.
moral is: "Don't bite off more than you