The merchant's son

THE MERCHANT'S SON

Destiny plays an important role in life
Long, long ago, there lived a merchant by the name of Sagaradatta. He had a son. The son once bought a book of poems. He recited a line of the poem so many times that he came to be known as, 'You get what you are destined to.'

One day, a beautiful princess by the name of Chandrawati went to a festival in the city. There the princess saw a handsome prince and fell in love with him. Not being able to check her emotions, she said to her maid servant, "Find some way for me to meet this prince."

The maid met the prince and gave him the message of the princess. The prince agreed to meet the princess. He asked, "But where and how do I meet the princess?"

"Well," said the maid, "when it's dark you come to the white palace. There, you'll find a rope hanging from one of its windows. Climb up this rope to reach the princess' room."

But on the appointed day, the prince backed out. He didn't turn up.

Meanwhile, 'you get what you are destined to' came wandering near the white palace. He saw a rope hanging there from one of its windows. He climbed up the rope and entered the room of the princess. As it was dark, the princess could not see the face of 'you get what you are destined to.' She thought that it was the same prince with whom she had fallen in love. She entertained him lavishly and talked to him for a long time, but the so called prince kept mum for all the while.

"Why don't you speak?" asked the princess.

"You always get what you are destined to," answered the merchant's son.

Hearing this the princess took a closer look at the merchant's son and soon realized that she was all through talking to a wrong man. She became furious and turned him out of her chamber.

Then 'you get what you are destined to', went to a nearby temple and slept there.

The watchman of the temple had an appointment with a woman of bad character in the same temple. So he requested the merchant's son to go and sleep in his quarter, which was situated in the rear side of the temple.

’You get what you are destined to,’ instead, entered a wrong room. There the watchman's daughter Vinayavati was waiting for her lover. As it was pitch dark, she could not recognize the merchant's son and married him in the room itself according to Gandharva rites. Then she said," Why don't you talk to me?"

“You get what you are destined to," replied the merchant's son.

Vinayawati soon realised that she had been talking to a wrong man. So, she kicked out the merchant's son out of her house.

When he came out, he joined a passing marriage procession. The name of the bridegroom was Varakeerti.

When the marriage ceremony was about to start, a mad elephant, who’d already killed its master, appeared on the scene. Every one ran helter - skelter to safety.

Then 'you get what you are destined to' rushed to the brides help. He drove the elephant out by jabbing a long nail into its head. When the bridegroom returned and saw 'you get what you are destined to' holding his ‘would-be' bride's hands he became angry. But the girl said that since ‘you get what you are destined to' had saved her life from the mad elephant, she would marry him only.

And this girl was the same princess who had mistaken 'you get what you are destined to’ for the prince, who she had been waiting for in her room in the palace and after coming to know the truth, had kicked him out.

The whole city came to know about the girl's decision.

The king also came to know of his daughter's love.

Then, the king with great pomp and show married the princess with ‘you get what you are destined to’ and both of them lived happily, thereafter.

So, at last, he really got what he was destined to.

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2. Beware of mean friends
3. Brahmadatta, the crab and the snake
4. Courtesy
5. Dantila the trader and gorambha the sweeper
6. Death and lord indra's parrot
7. Dharambuddhi and paapbuddhi
8. Hello! cave
9. King chandra and the monkey chief
10. King nanda and vararuchi
11. Somilaka the weaver
12. The bad lady and the wolf
13. The bats
14. The bear and golu and molu
15. The bird with two heads
16. The brahmin and the delicious dishes
17. The brahmin and the diamonds
18. The brahmin and the snake
19. The brahmin and the three thugs
20. The bullock and the lion
21. The camel with a bell round his neck
22. The cat, the rat and the hunter
23. The clever jackal
24. The cow and the tiger
25. The crow and the monkey
26. The crow and the water pitcher
27. The cunning judge
28. The cunning snake
29. The devta and the weaver
30. The dhobi's donkey
31. The dog in a foreign country
32. The donkey and the cunning fox
33. The donkey and the leopard's skin
34. The donkey who sang a song
35. The fake king
36. The falcon and the crow
37. The fool and the crooks
38. The foolish jackal
39. The four foolish brahmins
40. The four friends and the hunter
41. The fox and the elephant
42. The frog and the serpent
43. The giant and the helpless brahmin
44. The giant and the horse thief
45. The golden bird and the king
46. The golden birds and the golden swans
47. The golden goats
48. The hermit and the jumping rat
49. The horse and the lion
50. The hunter and the doves
51. The jackal and the arrow
52. The jackal and the drum
53. The king and the parrots
54. The king cobra and the ants
55. The lapwings and the sea
56. The lion and the hare
57. The lion and the woodcutter
58. The lion's bad breath
59. The lioness and the young jackal
60. The little mice and the big elephants
61. The louse and the bed-bug
62. The marriage of a snake
63. The merchant and the barber
64. The merchant's son
65. The mice that ate balance
66. The mongoose and the baby in the cradle
67. The monkey and the crocodile
68. The monkey and the log
69. The monkeys and the red berries
70. The mouse and the bull
71. The old greedy crane
72. The old wise crow
73. The peacock and the fox
74. The potter's truth
75. The prince and the bear
76. The prince and the seedling
77. The rabbits and the elephants
78. The revenge of the elephant
79. The rich mohan and the poor sohan
80. The rotating wheel
81. The sage and the mouse
82. The shepherd and the wolf
83. The stag and his antlers
84. The talkative tortoise
85. The thief and the sanyasi
86. The thief, the giant and the brahmin
87. The trick of the crow
88. The useful thief
89. The village mouse visits town mouse
90. The visit of the swan
91. The wind and the sun
92. The wise crab
93. The wolf and the crane
94. The wolf and the lamb
95. Three fish and the fishermen
96. Two fish and a frog
97. United we stand: divided we fall
98. When the lion came back to life
99. Who will bell the cat
100. Why the owls became enemies of the crows

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