ROHIT: I am so happy
that Ram asked us over to his house to play. I had a real good time,
RAVI: You would
think he owned Toys 'R' Us store. He must be rich or something close
ROHIT: He has
everything you can imagine. Toys, toys, and more toys. He has an
Indian-army fort, a life-like jungle gym set, and a huge backyard
RAVI: I saw an
ice-cream machine in his closet, and he had three bicycles and two
ROHIT: I liked his
toy army set. They look like real army man.
RAVI: All I have is
one army man.
ROHIT: Do you
RAVI: Let me show
you. (He takes out his toy army man.)
ROHIT: That looks
like Ram's toy man. Those toys cost about $20.00 each. Did your
grandpa get it for you?
RAVI: Well, not
ROHIT: I'll bet it
was your mother. When did you get it? For your birthday? I have
never seen it before.
RAVI: No, I have had
it for a little while. I didn't get it for my birthday.
ROHIT: Did you take
it to Ram's house? I didn't see it then either.
RAVI: I will tell
you something if you promise not to tell anyone. This toy was Ram's,
but now it belongs to me.
ROHIT: Did Ram let
you have it?
RAVI: No, he didn't
give it to me. I found it outside in the yard.
ROHIT: Where did you
RAVI: Well, to tell
the truth, I found it in his toy box.
ROHIT: Ravi, did you
steal the gun from Ram?
RAVI: No way, I
don't call it stealing. Have you heard of "Finders keepers, losers
ROHIT: I'm ashamed
to be your friend.
RAVI: When I played
in his room, I counted his toys. Would you believe he has eleven of
army men? I don't have even one, but now I do.
ROHIT: Don't you
remember what our Jain school teacher said about stealing?
RAVI: Huh? That we
should not steal, and we should not take anyone else's things
without permission. We should not keep things that we find, because
they do not belong to us.
ROHIT: That's right.
RAVI: But, whenever
you take something it is like borrowing it and that's not stealing.
That teaching was for people in India, and we are in America so that
does not apply to us.
ROHIT: Boy are you
mixed up! We are Jains, and Jains don't steal, no matter where we
are. By stealing we get bad karmas (pap). .
RAVI: Is that right?
ROHIT: Stealing is
wrong, Ravi. It doesn't matter if the person has money or not.
Stealing is stealing and as far as karmas are concerned, we get bad
karmas by doing that.
RAVI: It's not fair
for Ram to have all those toys, and for me not to have any. I was
just trying to even up the score a bit.
ROHIT: Daddy said,
"Life is not always fair." We all have to learn to accept this and
if we keep collecting bad karmas, then all it will bring us is more
suffering. So, why not put an end to it by doing the right thing.
RAVI: Rohit, can I
get rid of bad karmas?
ROHIT: Yes, you can.
First you need to take the toy back to Ram, and ask him for
forgiveness from the bottom of your heart.
RAVI: I am really
sorry. Ram will be mad at me. I am scared to take the toy back.
ROHIT: If it will
make you feel better, I will go with you. Come on, let's go!
RAVI: Hurry up and
let's get this over with. I have really learned a lesson from this.
I will never take things that belong to other people. Hurry up!
Let's get going.