Once upon a time. Like everyday, Emperor Akbar was sitting in the court listening to the problems of his subjects. All the people were appearing before the king with their problems and then two neighbors named Raghav and Keshav came to the court with their problems. The root of their problem was a mango tree full of fruits present between these two houses. The matter was regarding the ownership of the mango tree. Raghav was saying that the tree is his and Keshav is lying. Whereas, Keshav said that he is the real owner of the tree and Raghav is a liar.
The case of tree one and owner two was very complicated and neither of them was ready to give up. After listening and thinking about both sides, Emperor Akbar handed over this matter to one of his Navratnas, Birbal. To solve the matter and find out the truth, Birbal created a drama.
That evening Birbal told two soldiers to go to Raghav’s house and tell him that mangoes were being stolen from his mango tree. He asked two soldiers to go to Keshav’s house and convey the same message. At the same time, Birbal said that after giving this message, he should hide behind their house and see what Raghav and Keshav do. Birbal also said that Raghav and Keshav should not come to know that you are taking information about theft of mangoes to their house. The soldiers did exactly as Birbal said.
Two soldiers went to Keshav’s house and two to Raghav’s house. When they reached there, they came to know that both Raghav and Keshav were not at home, so the soldiers passed this message to their wives. When Keshav reached home, his wife informed him about the theft of mangoes. Hearing this, Keshav said, “Oh lucky one, at least feed me. Why should I sit hungry now in the affair of mangoes? And which tree is my own. If theft is happening then let it happen. Will see in the morning.” Saying this, he sat comfortably and started eating food.
Whereas, when Raghav came home and his wife told him this, he ran backwards like a tree. His wife called out from behind, “Hey, eat food,” to which Raghav said, “I can eat food in the morning as well, but if mangoes are stolen today, my whole year’s hard work will go to waste. ” The soldiers, hiding outside the house of both of them, saw this whole scene and went back to the court and told Birbal.
The next day both again appeared in the court. In front of both of them, Birbal said to Emperor Akbar, “Jahampanah, the root of all the problems is that tree. Why don’t we get that tree cut down? There will be no bamboo, no flute will play. Emperor Akbar asked Raghav and Keshav about this, “What do you both think about this?” On this Keshav said, “Your Majesty, it is your rule. I will silently accept whatever you say. And Raghav said, “Master, I have watered that tree for seven years. If you want, give it to Keshav, but please don’t get it cut. I fold my hands before you.
After listening to both of them, Emperor Akbar looked like Birbal and said, “Now what do you have to say, Birbal?” After this Birbal narrated the story of the previous night to the king and said smilingly, “Huzoor, give the tree another owner, how can this happen? After last night’s incident and today’s incident, it has been proved that Raghav is the real owner of the tree and Keshav is lying.”
Hearing this, the king praised Birbal. He congratulates Raghav for fighting for his rights and orders Keshav to be jailed for stealing and lying.
Learning from the story:
We learn from the story of one tree and two owners that stealing someone else’s thing by deceit without working hard has bad consequences.