‘The farmer and the moneylender’


There was once a poor farmer who was heavily in debt. The moneylender had given him only a few days till he could pay his dues. The farmer tried many ways to come up with money to clear his debt, but the debt was a great sum for him to clear in a short period of time.
He was extremely worried and sad and was constantly haunted by visions of the moneylender coming to him asking for money.
A day before the money was due, the moneylender did visit the man. “I have just come to inform you that I shall come to collect the money that you owe me tomorrow morning. I hope you’ll have it ready by then. Otherwise, I’ll have you arrested!” threatened the moneylender.
The farmer was terrified. He could not eat or sleep. All of a sudden, he remembered Sai Baba and prayed for his help.
The next morning, the son of an old friend visited him. “I have come to ask for your help. I have some money here and I want to invest it in some business,” said the young man. “Will you please help me? Since my father is no more, you are the only person I can trust.”
“My son, I am the last person you should be asking for help. I myself am heavily in debt and I cannot repay the money. By this afternoon, I shall be in prison,” said the man.
“Then you should use this money to pay your debts. You were a friend of my father’s. How can I not help you?” offered the young man.
The farmer refused at first but on the young man’s persistent insistence, he accepted the money and was able to pay off the debt.
As he left, the young man said, “Baba has sent me here for a reason, and I am glad to have fulfilled it.”
Rabinder Nath Kakarya