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Story of The Naive House-Holder
The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
Once, a gentle house-holder lived in Kashi. At that time the heavy rain-pour carried away all the grains; and there was famine in the village. So, the villagers along with the house-holder went to the local headman and asked him for some help. The headman gave them an ox in loan against the agreement that the repayment shall be made within two months when the maize crop would mature.
wife of the house-holder was a woman of lesser virtue. She was having an
affair with the village headman. The naïve householder, somehow, came to
know that his wife was not faithful. So, one day, he told his wife that he
was going abroad and left his house. The head-man, who looked for such an
opportunity immediately sneaked into the house-holder’s residence. But
when the woman and the headman were having a good time, the householder
returned to the surprise of the two mates.
headman, in particular was scared at his appearance. But the woman soothed
her by saying that there was nothing to bother as she had a plan to
deceive her naïve husband; and they hurriedly acted accordingly.
the householder entered the house he saw the headman standing in the
middle of the house. He was pretending to shout at his wife, “return my
ox or its price.” The wife, who was standing on the garner to pretend as
if she was guarding it, shouted back, “We have no rice in the granary
and we can’t pay you.” The man immediately knew what was being cooked
there, because neither the headman was supposed to ask for the repayment
of the loan before the expiry of two months; nor was there any grain in
the garner for his wife to guard.
he first grabbed the headman by his hair and kept on hitting him until he
fainted. Next, he turned to his wife and caught hold of her and gave her a
stern warning to stop acting like a bitch.
then, neither the headman ever dared to look at householder’s residence;
nor his wife dared to transgress.
See Gahapati Jataka Jataka Pali No. 199.
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