Imaginery stories by religious and holy persons - Why?

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Dear readers read the following imaginary story: Two friends were walking on a road. The one was honest and the other dishonest. The dishonest friend saw a rupee 1,000 note lying on the road.

The dishonest friend picked it up and said," dear friend, Vechetra Singh Jee, see, I have found this 1000-rupee note. We will share it half-half because you have seen it too and i don't wish you to tell about it to others."

But, the honest friend said,"no seth Chanduu Laal Jee, let us deposit it with the nearest police station so that the person who lost it might take it back from police. Just think - the person who lost it may be a poor labourer and this 1000-rupee note may be his monthly salary, since today is the first day of the month when people receive remuneration for their labour. Moreover, it's a sin to keep this money because it does not belong to us. You may suffer because of this bad act."

The dishonest friend said, "I will keep this money if you don't wish to share it. I found it because it was in my luck to receive this much amount. It has been given to us by god. God has strange ways of blessing us."

So, the dishonest friend kept the whole amount in his shirt-pocket. They kept walking. The honest friend put his right foot put on a thorn accidentally and blood flew out profusely. The honest friend had to pay as fees rupees 100 to the doctor who treated the honest friend. The dishonest friend received good news on reaching home that the dishonest friend had won rupee 1,000 in a lottery!

lord Shiva and goddess Parvati were walking in sky at the same time when the above- narrated incident took place. The goddess Parvati saw this and was puzzled. The goddess Parvati said, "O! lord Shiva! Why has the honest friend been punished with thorn? Why has the dishonest friend been rewarded with lottery-win?"

 Now, dear readers what do you think lord Shiva might have replied as answer to the question raised by goddess Parvati?

 Well, different spiritual practitioners/religious guides might give you different answers such as the ones given below:

1. The first one , a free-roaming avadhuut/saint/saadhu/monk/nun/fakir having no followers and having no leadership of any well organized religious sector may tell  you the following story:

 lord Shiva said," Well, my dear Parvati, the honest friend was a saint in his past birth and did excellent noble deeds in those past births. Consequently, the honest friend is going to get spiritual salvation in the present birth. The thorn has committed new deed by making blood come out of the foot of the honest friend. Indeed, I inspired the thorn to do this, as I wished to cross-check if the honest friend still had any traces of ill-will towards any one or not. Fortunately, the honest friend showed coolness and blessed the thorn instead of cursing the thorn. So, I have now decided to give the honest friend spiritual salvation in this birth itself. As regards the dishonest friend, the dishonest friend received lottery of rupees 1,000 because of a computer mistake in the lottery-machine! The dishonest friend has created new seeds of sin by keeping the 1000-rupee note that did not belong to the dishonest friend. The dishonest friend shall be punished in future for this bad karma [deed]!"

2. The second one , a  religious leader having millions of  followers [both honest & dishonest] and having  leadership of any well organized religious sector may tell  you the following story:

 lord Shiva said," Well, my dear Parvati, the honest friend was a criminal in his past births and did sinful deeds in those past births. Consequently, the honest friend was bound to suffer in the present birth. The thorn has committed no new deed by making blood come out of the foot of the honest friend. Indeed, I inspired the thorn to do this, as I wished the thorn to take his revenge on the honest friend for the sin committed on the thorn by the honest friend in past births! Now, the honest friend has got rid of one of his own past bad karmas by suffering in this birth! In fact, the honest friend was going to be hanged by the soldiers of the kingdom in this birth for the honest friend having had killed the present king in one of the past births! But, the honest friend has in the intervening births off-loaded his own bad karmas by doing good deeds. So, the god showed mercy by making the honest friend suffer only by making the honest friend put foot on the thorn instead of getting hanged! As regards the dishonest friend, the dishonest friend received lottery of rupees 1,000 because of excellent deeds done by the dishonest friend in past births! The dishonest friend was actually going to receive rupees one lakh in lottery due to excellent deeds done by the dishonest friend in past births! But, the god punished the dishonest friend for the dishonest friend having kept the 1000-rupee note that did not belong to the dishonest friend in present birth!"

 Well, there may still be numerous interesting more creative versions of the above-narrated imaginary replies depending on what the narrator wishes you to hear or what you yourself wish to hear.......!

 The question is:

 •1.      Why are imaginary stories such as the above-narrated ones not generally challenged by the listeners?

 •2.      Why are imaginary stories such as the above-narrated ones told by religious heads/guides?

 The following may be some of the plausible answers:

  1. Each one of us, a grown-up, regresses to childhood days of carefree moments when we would believe readily in fairy tales!
  2. Each one of us, whether honest or dishonest,  would like to make our restless minds calm down so as to achieve some semblance of spiritual peace in the face of circumstances in our lives that cannot either be changed at all or else are perceived to be too powerful to be changed!
  3. The listeners may be under "total absolute influence" of the narrator whereby listeners either do not wish to annoy the narrator by questioning the story or else are too scared to question it.
  4. The listeners may have been brought up in a culture-educational atmosphere where much premium is placed on "confirming" rather than on inculcation of the scientific outlook of questioning the events around!
  5. The religious heads and guides may themselves not be knowing what they are telling, actually!
  6. The religious heads and guides may themselves actually be too innocent to understand fully "the factual realities" of life!
  7. The religious heads and guides may themselves actually be trying to protect some of their "own dishonest followers" by justifying the dishonest acts of their own followers in present birth!
  8. The religious heads and guides may themselves actually be interested in certain cases in the maintenance and continuance of the any present exploitative rule by the rulers in their own lands by justifying indirectly such misrules as aforesaid, in terms of "results of citizens' misdeeds in past births"  [karma theory]. The religious heads and guides may themselves actually not be interested in  any kind of evolutionary or revolutionary economic, social, cultural or political changes in the given political entity which otherwise are quite possible to achieve! In short, the religious heads and guides may themselves actually wittingly or unwittingly be trying to use such imaginary narrated- stories as aforesaid as "a safety valve" to help the exploitative and inefficient rulers get rid of the pent-up frustrations in the hearts and minds of their subjects!
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