Honesty is the Best Policy:
Once there lived a poor wood-cutter in a village. He lived from hand to mouth. One day he was cutting wood on the bank of a river. By chance, his axe fell into the river. He did not know how to swim. He began to weep. Soon God Mercury appeared. He said to the wood-cutter, why are you weeping? The poor man told him the whole story. God Mercury took pity on him. He jumped into the water and came out with a golden axe. The poor man refused to take it. Again he brought an axe of silver. The wood-cutter did not accept it. God mercury again jumped into the river and brought out an iron axe. The wood-cutter was very happy to see his axe. He said, “Sir, this is my axe”. God’s mercury gave him all three axes as a reward for his honesty. This story gives us a moral lesson that honesty is evergreen.
Once there was an honest wood-cutter. He used to cut trees in the forest. One day he was cutting down a tree on the bank of a river when his axe fell down into the river. The river was very deep. He could not take it out. He sat on the bank of the river and began to weep loudly. God Mercury heard his cries. He asked him the reason for his weeping. The wood-cutter told him the whole story. The god assured him that he would bring out his axe. He took a dip into the river and came out with a gold axe. The wood-cutter refused to take it because it was not his. Again, the god jumped into the water and brought a silver axe. The wood-cutter refused to take it also telling him that it was not his. The third time, the god again jumped into the river and brought out an iron axe. The wood-cutter happily took it, telling him that the axe was his. The god Mercury was very much pleased. He rewarded the wood-cutter with the other two costly axes for his honesty.
Name of the Story: God Mercury and The Wood-cutter