Yesterday I saw a very thought provoking play and in today's blog post I am going to write about it. The name of the play is "Yudhisthir Babu". Yudhishthir is a famous character in the Indian Mythology "Mahabharat".
Yudhisthir (Wiki Link) never lied. The main protagonist of the play, named Yadav Chandra too never lied .
The storygoes like this ....
Yadav Chandra - will call him YC evoked wrath from his colleagues, wife and even his children because he never ever lied. His wife had cajoled him to apply for transfer by putting up a fake certificate of her illness ,a police officer had instigated him to own up some jewelry which he had found during a raid and a middleman had tried to entice him about getting a cut in a contract which he was inspecting.
But under no circumstances YC complied . He held his head high and refused to give in to the provocations. He was a man of principles. For him there was no compromise on truthfulness , honesty and integrity.
After his retirement, YC spent his time by teaching the poor and underprivileged children of his colony. He turned down several offers of highly paid tuitions. His dedication and method of teaching changed the outlook of these children and they began to shine. They became curious, thoughtful and bubbled with ideas and enthusiasm. They loved to study. Thanks to YC. The people in the colony worshiped him. The police officer and the middle man later became his greatest fans. Such is the power of principles !
The colony club invited him for felicitation . For his Honesty , integrity, service and truthfulness.
"But this does not need any felicitation !" YC had exclaimed. "These are the basic qualities which any human being should possess !"
"No Sir... please do not turn us down. We want to felicitate you ..."
"I don't know ... let me think ....!" YC said.
One day he was checking the answer book of one of his students. He was engrossed in reading the Geography answers.
The little boy had flunked in Geography the previous year ( class 6th)
He asked YC "Sir , what marks did you get when you were in class 7th "
YC absent mindedly said "91%"
The boy was motivated . He touched YC's feet and said "Sir ! I too will get no less than 91% in my exams ..."
The boy left.
But YC sat there paralysed.
What had he done ! How could he ??
As if in a dream he saw the scenes flitting in front of his eyes .
He standing infront of the teacher wtih bowed head, tears in his eyes.
"YC ! You have got 17% in Geography ! I cannot promote you to class 8th "
"Sir... ! I don't know what happened. I knew everything ... but while writing somehow everything was jumbled up ... Sir .. please promote me ... else my father will not let me study further ... please sir ..."
The teacher stood there with an expressionless face.
"Sir... another thing ... from today , I promise to myself that I will NEVER lie ..."
His sir had promoted him. There was something in YC's voice which had made him change his mind.
And after that there was no looking back.
Today .... YC broke his promise ! He lied to the kid !
YC was broken. It seemed as if his life was shattered. His wife and son could not understand the big deal.
YC refused to be felicitated.
"I have lied . I do not deserve the felicitation..." he kept on repeating, much to the distress of the function organizers.
"Sir... all the arrangements have been done ! The political leaders have been invited.. If you don't go , we will land in a soup ... it is just a small thing sir... please ..."
But he did not budge.
His family tried to cajole him, force him and even threaten him. But nothing worked.
Then YC's son had a brilliant idea.
He went to the kid's house and had a heart to heart discussion with him. He bribed him with toys, chocolates, books etc.
"You just have to say that your sir did not say that he had got 91%... That is all..."
So, when the club organizers were trying to persuade him for the last time, YC's son said " Father ... you did not lie ! I talked to the kid ... he said that you said that you had told him that you had obtained 17% and not 91% !"
"But ... It cannot be ... I remember clearly... I cannot be mistaken ... "
"Father ... you are also human, you are mistaken ... see the kid is here ... he will tell you ... come on son ... talk ... say that your sir had told you that he had obtained 17% and not 91% ... talk kid ... "
The child sat on the chair , looking at the floor. He did not utter a word .
YC came closer to the kid. He stood up.
YC said " Son ! Look at my eyes and without fear tell the truth ... !"
The child looked at YC. He was silent for a few seconds.
Slowly he said "Uncle gave me toys , chocolate etc to tell you a lie. But looking at your eyes, I just cannot say those untruthful words. ... Sir, You told me that you had got 91% .... "
YC was silent.
The kid spoke again
"Sir ... ! Another thing ... I promise that from today I will NEVER lie ...." Tears flowed down his cheeks
YC had a beatific smile on his face.
He looked at his wife .
"Give me formal clothes, I will get ready for the felicitation ...!"
Everybody was stunned.
YC smiled... his eyes brimming with tears ...
"Yes... I will go to the function ... my job is done ... I have passed the baton to the next generation ... ! "
You will be remembered for your values and principles. Money and fame come and go. But the values stay with you forever... ever after you are long gone from the earth...
We have to lead...
And pass the baton to the next generation !