Ram Learns about Judging Others
Nirav: I have a new friend who just moved in our neighborhood. His name is Suketu. He has a new ten speed bike, and he lets me ride it. I want you to meet him. Come on.
Ram: What color is his hair, black?
Nirav: Yes, do you know him?
Ram: I bet his eyes are brown, aren’t they?
Nirav: You must know him, do you?
Ram: No, I don’t think that I want to be a friend with someone like that.
Nirav: How can you say that about someone you don’t even know?
Ram: I can tell already that he is a sneaky, creepy, terrible thief, and we should not be friends with him.
Nirav: That is a terrible way to judge someone, Ram.
Ram: Oh, I’m not judging. I saw him downtown last week in one of the stores. I saw him take some candy from behind the counter. I am not judging, these are true facts.
Nirav: How do you know he was stealing the candy?
Ram: You could see that he was stealing the candy. People just don’t go behind the counter.
Nirav: I know why he was behind the counter. Ram, his daddy told him to go behind the counter.
Ram: You mean his daddy wanted him to steal the candy?
Nirav: Not really Ram. Suketu’s daddy owns the store. Suketu helps his daddy by working in the store.
Ram: You mean he has a job?
Nirav: Yes. See you weren’t being fair when you judged him.
Ram: Well, that’s how things looked to me. I really didn’t mean to be unfair.
Nirav: You shouldn’t judge people. Just keep your thoughts about other people to yourself. Remember the other day we learned that only Arihant Bhagwan knows everything. I hope you didn’t mention that you thought Suketu was a thief to anyone else.
Ram: No, you are the only one I told.
Nirav: Well, I am glad Ram. People shouldn’t talk about others. People gossip and start to think bad of others.
Ram: I am really sorry Nirav. I promise I won’t do it again. Suketu is a nice guy. Will you take me to meet him?
Nirav: O.K., he is at the candy store. Let’s go over there, and I will buy you some candy.
Ram: That’s so nice of you Nirav. Let’s race to see who can get to the candy store first.