These three girls were from rich families. They were friends. When they grew up, they became very rich merchants. One day Meena said, “I am going to Africa for trade.”
Ina and Mynah wondered who will take care of her money while she was gone.
“I am giving that job to Deekshan,” replied Meena.
“What? You are giving that duty to Deekshan, the poor man? We are your best friends right? You can leave the responsibility to us,” they both exclaimed.
Then Meena said, “No. I will leave the responsibility to him because he is honest and I trust him and don’t judge him because of his appearance.”
Hearing this, Ina and Mynah went to Buddha – The Great. There they narrated what had happened a few minutes ago.
The wood cutters went the next day and were surprised to see that the trunk of the blossom tree was rotten. They cut another tree in its place.
After the woodcutters left, the tree turned normal! The spirits of all trees wondered how that had happened.
The blossom tree replied, “This was because of my dear friend, the grass. Originally, my trunk is not rotten. But the grass asked the chameleons to change their colour into the colour of rotten trunk. The woodcutters saw this and left thinking the trunk is rotten.”
The trees and plants in the garden cheered the grass for saving the life of the old blossom tree.
With this, Buddha ended the story.
“You both thought that he is poor. So you judged him. But in the story you have seen that the little grass has saved a big blossom tree. So, I think you have understood now about judging someone based on how they look?”
“Yes,” Ina and Mynah replied and went happily learning a new lesson.