कंजूस का सोना : Miser’s Gold

diggingएक कंजूस आदमी ने अपने बगीचे में एक पेड़ के नीचे अपना सारा सोना गाड़कर रखा हुआ था। हर हफ्ते वह वहां जाता और सोने को खोदकर निहारता रहता था। एक दिन एक चोर सारा सोना चुराकर भाग गया। कंजूस आदमी वहां आया और उसने सोना गायब पाया। वहां सिर्फ़ एक गड्ढा ही रह गया था।

कंजूस आदमी दहाडें मारकर रोने लगा। यह सुनकर उसके पड़ोसी भागे चले आए। जब उनको सारी बात का पता चला तो उनमें से एक ने कहा – “उस सोने का तुम क्या करते?”

“कुछ नहीं” – कंजूस ने कहा – “मैं तो उसे सिर्फ़ हर हफ्ते देखने आता था।”

पड़ोसी ने कहा – “ऐसा है तो तुम हर हफ्ते यह गड्ढा देख जाया करो!”

(~_~)

A miser sold all that he had and bought a lump of gold, which he buried in a hole in the ground by the side of an old wall and went to look at daily.

One of his workmen observed his frequent visits to the spot and decided to watch his movements. He soon discovered the secret of the hidden treasure, and digging down, came to the lump of gold, and stole it.

The Miser, on his next visit, found the hole empty and began to tear his hair and to make loud lamentations.

A neighbour, seeing him overcome with grief and learning the cause, said, “Pray do not grieve so; but go and take a stone, and place it in the hole, and fancy that the gold is still lying there. It will do you quite the same service; for when the gold was there, you had it not, as you did not make the slightest use of it.”

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About Nishant Mishra

Nishant studied art history and literature at the university during 1990s. He works as a translator in New Delhi, India and likes to read about arts, photography, films, life-lessons and Zen.

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