The unlucky weaver
Action and destiny are two sides of a coin. Work with all your might but leave it to destiny. And stay happy and content
Once, there lived a cloth-weaver called Somilaka, who wove very exquisite clothes that served only kings and princes. However, he earned very less and could hardly afford to live. Other weavers in the locality were rich, despite the fact that they weaved much inferior clothes.
One day, he said to his wife, "My dear, this place does not deserve me! I weave superior clothes, and yet I earn so little. On the other hand, the other weavers grow richer by the day with their inferior clothes. I shall seek my success somewhere else."
His wife, however, did not want to leave, for there was no assurance of betterment somewhere else. But the weaver had made up his mind, and left the place in search of better prospects.
He went to another city, where he indeed was successful. His clothes became popular for the high quality, and in three years he had saved three hundred coins of gold. Now that he was rich, he decided to return home to his hometown and his wife.
When he heard this, remembering the last time, he quickly checked into the bag and found that the gold coins were missing. He became very sad, and wished he died.
So, he discontinued his journey once again, and returned to the city. He went into a merchant's house, and was greeted as a guest according to local traditions.
This merchant was very rich, but did not like this unwanted guest. They gave him food in the most insulting manner, and offered a dirty bed for the night.
On his way homewards, the voice from heaven asked, "How do you want your money to be?"
The weaver at once said, "Please give me only the money that I will be able to enjoy to the fullest like the second merchant." His wish was granted, and Somilaka returned home with some money that made his wife happy. They lived happily, and were content with whatever they earned.
Moral: Action and destiny are two sides of a coin. Work with all your might but leave it to destiny. And stay happy and content