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Chritar 106: Tale of Four Thieves

ਚੌਪਈ ॥


ਚਾਰ ਯਾਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਮਤਾ ਪਕਾਯੋ ॥

ਹਮ ਕੌ ਭੂਖਿ ਅਧਿਕ ਸੰਤਾਯੋ ॥

Four thieves cooked up a plan, as they were feeling very hungry.

ਤਾ ਤੇ ਜਤਨ ਕਛੂ ਅਬ ਕਰਿਯੈ ॥

ਬਕਰਾ ਯਾ ਮੂਰਖ ਕੋ ਹਰਿਯੈ ॥੧॥

‘We should endeavour and steal a goat from an idiot.’(1)

ਕੋਸ ਕੋਸ ਲਗਿ ਠਾਢੇ ਭਏ ॥

ਮਨ ਮੈ ਇਹੈ ਬਿਚਾਰਤ ਭਏ ॥

They all went and stood at a crossing and thought ofthe strategy (to rob a passing by man with a goat on his shoulders).

ਵਹ ਜਾ ਕੇ ਆਗੇ ਹ੍ਵੈ ਆਯੋ ॥

ਤਿਨ ਤਾ ਸੋ ਇਹ ਭਾਂਤਿ ਸੁਨਾਯੋ ॥੨॥

‘Who-so-ever (thief) faced him, would say like that,(2)

ਕਹਾ ਸੁ ਏਹਿ ਕਾਂਧੋ ਪੈ ਲਯੋ ॥

ਕਾ ਤੋਰੀ ਮਤਿ ਕੋ ਹ੍ਵੈ ਗਯੋ ॥

‘What are you carrying on your shoulders? What has happened to your intelligence?

ਯਾ ਕੋ ਪਟਕਿ ਧਰਨਿ ਪਰ ਮਾਰੋ ॥

ਸੁਖ ਸੇਤੀ ਨਿਜ ਧਾਮ ਸਿਧਾਰੋ ॥੩॥

‘Throw it on the ground and go to your house peacefully.(3)

ਦੋਹਰਾ ॥


ਭਲੌ ਮਨੁਖ ਪਛਾਨਿ ਕੈ ਤੌ ਹਮ ਭਾਖਤ ਤੋਹਿ ॥

‘Acknowledging you as a wise man, we are advising you.

ਕੂਕਰ ਤੈ ਕਾਂਧੈ ਲਯੋ ਲਾਜ ਲਗਤ ਹੈ ਮੋਹਿ ॥੪॥

“You are carrying a dog on your shoulders and we feel ashamed of you.”(4)

ਚੌਪਈ ॥


ਚਾਰਿ ਕੋਸ ਮੂਰਖ ਜਬ ਆਯੋ ॥

ਚਹੂੰਅਨ ਯੌ ਬਚ ਭਾਖਿ ਸੁਨਾਯੋ ॥

When the foolish-man had travelled four miles, the four (thieves) repeated the same tactic.

ਸਾਚੁ ਸਮੁਝਿ ਲਾਜਤ ਚਿਤ ਭਯੋ ॥

ਬਕਰਾ ਸ੍ਵਾਨਿ ਜਾਨਿ ਤਜਿ ਦਯੋ ॥੫॥

He believed them to be true and threw down the goat deeming it to be dog.(5)

ਦੋਹਰਾ ॥


ਤਿਨ ਚਾਰੌ ਗਹਿ ਤਿਹ ਲਯੋ ਭਖਿਯੋ ਤਾ ਕਹ ਜਾਇ ॥

The thieves captured that goat and took it home to cook and eat.

ਅਜਿ ਤਜ ਭਜਿ ਜੜਿ ਘਰ ਗਯੋ ਛਲ ਨਹਿ ਲਖ੍ਯੋ ਬਨਾਇ ॥੬॥

The blockhead had left the goat without perceiving the deceptive(6)

ਇਤਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਚਰਿਤ੍ਰ ਪਖ੍ਯਾਨੇ ਪੁਰਖ ਚਰਿਤ੍ਰੇ ਮੰਤ੍ਰੀ ਭੂਪ ਸੰਬਾਦੇ ਇਕ ਸੌ ਛਟਿ ਚਰਿਤ੍ਰ ਸਮਾਪਤਮ ਸਤੁ ਸੁਭਮ ਸਤੁ ॥੧੦੬॥੧੯੬੮॥ਅਫਜੂੰ॥

106th Parable of Auspicious Chritars Conversation of the Raja and the Minister, Completed With Benediction. (106)(1966)

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Two things stand out from this:

1. Repeated statements taking on some element of truth in a person's mind.

2. The state of one's mind to be able to withstand such statements when the evidence is there.

The poor man who lost his goat, allowed himself to be drawn into a state of confusion after hearing the same lies from the theives. His own mental faculty should have been strong enougth to discern the truth.

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