Omprakash and Jaiprakash had migrated to the town with their mother from the village after their only strip of land was usurped by the landlord on the grounds that they did not make their payments toward the money they had loaned a few years ago.
Omprakash, the elder of the two was a lazy fellow, always complaining about others and even Jai, his brother. This had gone for a few years and their mother did not do much to reverse this habit of Om. They lived in a small shanty on the edge of the town, as they could not afford anything better.
One day, Om took up an argument with Jai and almost came to blows with him, and Jai was told to leave the house and never ever show his face to Om. Their mother was helpless as both of them were grown up now and she could not offer much to bring down frayed tempers.
Jai soon set up a small shop where he borrowed goods on credit from another shopkeeper and started selling them. With his hardworking nature and pleasing manners, customers thronged to his shop and within no time he prospered. A part of his earnings, he did sent to his mother through his assistant.
Om, though he had driven away Jai, was curious to know how Jai fared and one day went and stood in front of Jai’s shop for quite some time. Jai didn’t notice him as he was busy inside.
That evening Om started complaining, as was his usual wont, to his mother.
“I saw Jai today in his shop that he has setup. But he didn’t even bother to look at me, even though I stood for a full 15 minutes to glance at his face. I am sure he has got his hands on some hidden gold, as otherwise, how can he set up this shop in no time?”.
Om’s mother was tired of this and wanted to put an end this conversation soon. “You only drove him away last time saying you don’t want to see his face again and now you, yourself go and stand in front of him to get a glimpse of his face?”.
She continued “Jai doesn’t need to get his hands on any hidden gold to prosper. His hard work and endearing nature alone would suffice to bring prosperity to him. If you go and drive him from there, he will go to another place and still prosper. The hidden gold, that you talk about, is hard work and a sincere nature. He has found it and therefore is way ahead of you. For you, it is still hidden by your veil of jealousy and attitude”.
Om had no answer to this, and walked off in a huff as such emotional taunts laced with philosophy from his mother never made any dent on his psyche…
14 thoughts on “The Hidden Gold”
Golden words spoken by the mother! A very good story with a strong moral Sunith. I wish schools narrated such stories in class to inculcate these values in children when they are still young. I am sure with deep rooted values in individuals, we can shape the country better.
True and thank you Radhika.
An amazing story, Sunith and his mother spoke the truth. Unnecessary Om was harassing his brother who was so hardworking and good she gave him a hearing. A very good lesson in values. Great post.
Thank you Kamal and yes such stories lend a bit of how you should come up in life…
Welcome Sunith and yes I totally agree with these stories. They are very useful.
Nothing succeeds as much as hard work.
Yes Bindu. Thank you for reading.
Look, how God answered my prayers — immediately! i wanted to read more of your stories and just scrolled down and found this one. So simple, sweet and absolutely wonderful. Love the names “Om” and “Jai” and the secret hidden treasure. Thank You! 🙂
The Lord has been always kind. Thanks to him you stumbled upon this hidden post 🙂
Blessed are we to live in the umbrella of His mercy and grace. Thank YOU for sharing your stories and my heart’s beloved! 🙂
Great story. Gives a great message
Thank you Prarthana
Simple but powerful
“The hidden gold, is hard work and a sincere nature. He has found it and therefore is way ahead of you”……so true 💯💯💯💯💯💯
You conveyed a valuable lesson through this story of Jai & Om
Much needed story : Om is the typical representatives of this age , Jai is of the previous age , & their mother is the representative of all age ( eternal love & wisdom)
Thank you for this lovely appreciation