Transformation of a thief

Value- Truth, Right Conduct

Sub value- Honesty

Once there was a thief and he was looking for things to steal, but could not find very much. In desperation, he went in a temple where the Pujari (Priest) was giving a religious speech to many people. The thief had decided to steal money from the businesspeople, but after observing a new man’s presence with different face he decided to listen to the speech for a little while. The Pujari was speaking on the topic of truthfulness, and the thief thought that the talk was not so bad. He was completely lost in the true feeling of truthfulness. When the program was over everybody went home except for the thief who was not ready to leave.

The thief began to worry that the Pujari would think the thief would do something wrong in the temple. To help feel less fearful, the thief asked the Pujari, “I have nothing to do here but you gave a very deep speech on the importance of truthfulness which I really liked. However my mind is still not going to digest it.” The thief had many questions and arguments in his mind regarding the imbuement of truthfulness. He wondered how a thief could become free from not speaking a lie. The priest gave deep advice to him that by speaking truth also he would do his business. By using the virtue of truthfulness also he would remain safe and secure no matter where he was or what he stole. The Pujari gave the thief confidence that he could be successful, even while stealing. The thief firmly determined to follow the Pujari’s advice in the practical life and promised to follow the norm of truthfulness and honesty from that day in all respect. He committed to speak fact and reality everywhere from that very moment.

As making the promise not to speak a lie in his life when the thief was going out from there, in the same time, the king disguised in an ordinary form was roaming there to look after the atmosphere of the capital city. Coincidentally the thief met a person on the way in a roaming condition. The roaming gentleman asked the thief who he was. The thief recalled his promise to always speak the truth, even though difficult, he still revealed that he was a thief. The gentleman replied happily and excitedly that he is also a thief. These two men became friends by handshaking and hugging with each other. The new thief suggested that they steal some very valuable things, and that he knows exactly where to find them. He took him in such incognito way that both of them arrived in front of the Grand Royal Palace and the new thief led way to the Royal treasury and asked him to break the the safe. After breaking open the safe, they found five most valuable diamonds. The thief friend suggested that they take only four diamonds – two for each of them because breaking one diamond in half would be valueless. So they took four and left one diamond in the safe. They soon parted ways after sharing their loot.

The next day as the royal palace offices were opened, they found the royal treasure of the palace was broken. When the royal treasurer checked it he noticed that 4 were missing. He saw this as a great opportunity, so he put the remaining diamond in his pocket and announced to the King that the 5 valuable diamonds had been stolen from the royal treasure. The King then ordered the security guards to arrest the thief, and bring him to the palace. After bringing him to the palace they presented the thief before his majesty the king. The king carefully observed him from his head to toes and said, “So you are the thief. What did you steal?”

The thief replied, “I cannot speak a lie, so you must know I have stolen the diamonds of the royal treasure along with my friend.” “How many diamonds did you steal?” the King asked. “We stole four. Two for each of us. Since we could not break the last one in half, we left one diamond in the safe.” The King then asked to the treasurer, “How many diamonds are missing?” “All five, your Majesty.” Realizing what had happened, the King immediately fired the treasurer and appointed the thief as the new treasurer for his commitment to always being truthful.

Once the thief developed the habit of speaking the truth; he was rewarded and soon he gave up all other bad habits also. Practice of one good habit with determination and conviction will help us to remove other bad habits as well and be a good transformed human.


One must forget the wrong done to them by others and the good that they do to others. When one takes up some positive task; the negative attitudes will fall off. Good habits will drive out bad ones.


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  3. Vidya
    Mar 20, 2015 @ 07:16:38



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