Once upon a time, there lived a merchant in a
small village. The merchant dealt in different
kinds of goods. He wanted to sell his goods in
the town, in order to gain good sum of profits.
One day, he decided to go to the town to try his
fortune. He arranged for some men who could go
along with him. During the journey, he had to
pass through a desert, so he also arranged for
water, rice and firewood.
According to the plan, he packed his goods in
several carts and set out for the journey along
with his mates. When they reached the desert,
the sun was shining on the fine sand, making it
severely hot. In the day time, no one could dare
to walk on it. One could only think of travel
through the desert during the night time, when
the moon made the sands cool. So, the merchant
and his people waited for the night to start
their further journey.
With the arrival of night, they started their
journey. One of them, had knowledge about the
stars, so he was guiding the way to other people
by reading the position of stars. They traveled
for the whole night without taking any break. At
daybreak, they stopped and camped. They released
the oxen from the carts and fed them. They made
fire, cooked the rice and ate the food to their
fill. They spread a huge covering over all the
carts and the oxen. Subsequently, all the men
laid down under it, to rest till the sunset.
When the sun set in the early evening, they
again built fire and cooked rice. After the
meal, they folded the covering and tied the oxen
to the carts. As soon as, the sand became cool,
they again started their journey across the
desert. Night after night, they traveled in such
manner and rested during the day time. On the
last morning, the one who was guiding the group
said, “In one more night, we will cross the
desert”. Every one was happy to hear this, as
all of them were tired.
After taking meal in the evening, the merchant
said, “Now, you people can throw the water and
the firewood because tomorrow we will reach the
town. Tie the oxen and start”. The Guide took
his position at first in the line of the carts,
but instead of sitting and guiding the drivers,
he laid down in the cart on the cushions. Soon,
he was in a deep slumber because he had not
slept for many nights and in the daytime, the
sun had been so strong that he had not slept
The oxen went on, for the whole night. Near
daybreak, the guide awoke and looked at the last
stars fading in the light. He said to the
drivers, “Stop! We are in the same place where
we were yesterday. The oxen must have turned
about while I slept”. They released the oxen,
but there was no water for them to drink, as
they had thrown away the water the previous
night. They spread out the covering over the
carts and the oxen rested tired and thirsty. The
men lay down too, saying, “Without wood and
water, we are lost”.
Every one was tired and sat down. The merchant
thought, “This is no time for me to sleep. I
have to find water. The oxen cannot start unless
they get water to drink. The people need water
other wise they cannot cook rice. If I give up,
we will lose. There must be water somewhere
below”. He walked down and down, keeping a close
watch of the ground. Finally, he saw some grass
and thought, “There must be water somewhere
below otherwise that grass would not be there”.
He ran back, shrieking to the people, “Get the
spade and the hammer”. All of them jumped up and
ran with the merchant to the spot where he saw
the grass. They started digging and after much
toil, they struck a rock. After this, they could
dig no further. The merchant jumped down into
the hole they had dug and kept his ear to the
rock. He called to them, “I can hear water
running under this rock. We must not give up”.
Then, the merchant came out of the hole and said
to the serving boy, “My boy, if you give up, we
are lost. Please go down and try”.
The boy stood up raising the hammer high above
his head and hit the rock with his full
strength. He didn’t give up, thinking the words
of the merchant. Every time the hammer came
down, he thought that everyone must be saved.
Ultimately, the rock broke, the boy hardly got
any time to come out of the hole and it was full
of water. All the men drank water, as if they
could never get enough. They watered the oxen
and took bath.
After drinking and bathing, they split the extra
wooden yokes and axles from their carts. They
made a fire out of it and cooked their rice.
They had their meal and rested through the day.
They also placed a flag on the well, so that the
passing travelers could see and have water.
After the sunset, they started their journey and
reached the town in the morning. They sold the
goods making huge profits and happily returned
back to their village.
Moral: Will and Determination can