A Scholar And an Illiterate Boatman Story
A Scholar And an Illiterate Boatman Story. In a small village once a scholar was crossing a river on a boat. The weather was very pleasing. The river was very cool and calm. The scholar was enjoying a lot. The boatman was a simple illiterate man. His bookish knowledge was nil.
The scholar started talking to him when he was sailing the boat. The scholar asked the boatman whether he had read the Gita and whether he could explain the verse of the Gita. The boatman replied that he had heard about that but had not read that. The scholar then said that he had wasted one fourth of his life. The scholar again said, “But tell me have you read the Arthashastra?” Again the boatman showed his ignorance. The scholar then undervalued the boatman and arrogantly said, “Then my friend, you have wasted two-fourths of your life.” It was about to become dark as the sun was going to set.
Noticing the sun the scholar again asked the boatman if he knew the reason behind the sun rise and sun set. Being helpless the boatman again expressed his ignorance. The scholar haughtily said, “Then my friend, you have wasted three-fourths of your life.”
After sometime suddenly a thick cloud covered the sky and a storm rose from the river bed. Being anxious the boatman asked the scholar, “Sir, do you know swimming?” “No I don’t know how to swim,” the scholar answered with anxiety. The boatman said with sigh, “Then my friend, I see your whole life is going to be wasted and meaningless.”