Chinna Katha


Four friends once started dealing in cotton. They had a godown for the storage of the bales; finding that the cottonseeds attracted rats to the godown, a cat was introduced by them to scare the rodent throng. They tied jingles to her feet and since they loved it much, the jingles were gold! Once, when the cat jumped from the top of the bales, it started limping on one foot. So, they applied some balm and tied a long strip of bandage round the injured foot. The bandage got loose. And the cat, unaware of the long narrow cloth that was trailing behind her, sat near the fireplace, and when the cloth began to burn, she ran helter-skelter and fled into the godown itself, where the entire stock of cotton was reduced to ashes in a trice. The four friends had assigned to themselves each of the feet of joint cat and the injured foot belonged to one of them; so the other three charged him with the damages, which they claimed, from him.

The matter went to the court and after hearing arguments on both sides, the judge said, "The injured leg has no responsibility, for it was taken into the godown with the trail of fire by the three healthy feet, So, damages have to be paid by the owners of the healthy feet to the owner of the limping foot". What may thus appear correct at first sight might prove wrong on second thoughts. There to distribute to others is correctness from the worldly point of view and correctness, from God's. Find out what the point of view of God would be, by association with godly men; the y can give you proper advice. You must seek and not avoid men.