Long time ago there lived a merchant named Garib Dass. He lived in a town .He was very rich but unluckily, he fell on bad days, so much so that he became on bankrupt. His business failed and theft accrued in his house not only that, he had to sell his house to pay off the debts. Garib dass was in utter adversity. But some thing had to be done to cope with the adverse conditions. So he thought, “I must go to some other town and start some work. God may help me and I may prosper again.” Garib Dass made preparations to go to another town. One of his old friend’s Janki Dass lived in same town. He was hypocritical person. Garib Dass went to him and intimated him of his decision to leave the town.
Hearing Garib’s tale of woe, Janki Dass expressed his sympathy and said, “Dear friend, but can I do for you? Let me know “.
“My brother, I have got iron bars that never rust. I went to pawn it with you against one hundred rupee. When I will return, I shall clear your debt and have my iron bar back.”
“Is that all? It is no problem at all. I shall preserve the bar safely”. Saying so, Janki Dass gave hundred rupees to Garib Dass and took his iron bar. Garib Dass thanked Janki Dass and set up for another town. With one hundred rupees he started a small business. Luck favored him and in few months only his business flourished and he became rich again. Garib Dass return to his home town. He bought a new house and started his old business once again. Soon he came to enjoy his old respect and well as dignity.
One day Garib Dass went to Janki Dass’s house. His friend entertained him duly and they exchanged greetings. Then Garib Dass said to Janki Dass, “Friend! Here are your one hundred rupees. I went to have my iron bar back”.
Janki Dass put on a sad face and said,” My brother! I feel very ashamed to tell you that I placed your iron bar safely in a box. God knows how a rat got into the box and nibbled the entire bar.