A Man With Two Wives


Once there was a man in India who had two wives. Hindus generally do not believe in polygamy, but the Muslims do. It was a Muslim man who had two wives. One of the wives used to live upstairs and the other on the ground floor. One day a thief broke into the house. He wanted to steal away all the property, but the members of the house were wide awake and the thief could not get an opportunity of stealing anything.

Near dawn the members of the house saw the thief, and they caught him and took him before Police. There was nothing stolen yet the thief had broken into the house. That was a crime. The Police put some cross questions to the thief, who at once admitted that he had broken into the house with the intention of stealing something. The Police was going to inflict some punishment upon him. The man said, “Sir, you may do whatever you please, you may throw me into a dungeon, you may cast me before dogs, you may burn my body, but do not inflict one punishment upon me.

The Police being astonished asked, “What is that”? The man said, “Never make me the husband of two wives”. “Why is that”? Then the thief began to explain how he was caught, how he had no opportunity to steal anything. He said that all night long this master of the house had to stand upon the stairs because one wife was pulling him up-stairs and the other was dragging him down-stairs. The hair of his head were pulled out and the stockings on his feet were torn off. He was shivering with cold all night long and thus it was that I was caught, that I had no opportunity to steal anything.

So it is. All your sufferings come through your conflicting desires, and your desires are not in harmony, but are at war with each other, and you know a house divided against itself must fall. If you have singleness of aim and unity of purpose, you will have no trouble, you will have no suffering. But if there is conflict and discord, you must suffer.

Moral: Discordant desires produce suffering and pain. Hence, harmony in desires is essential for peace and happiness.

Also read: The Man Who Invited Death (The Consequences of Desires)

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