Our Values: The story of a ripe mango tree
Updated: Feb 6, 2021
There lived two farmers named Abu and Rehman in the kingdom of Emperor Akbar. Abu and Rehman were in a fight. They both were neighbours and there was a mango tree between their fields. The tree was fully ripe with mangos. Both of them said they owned the same mango tree. This sparked a huge argument. They went up to Birbal and asked him to decide the matter, once and for all. Who was the true owner of the mango tree? Birbal said, "There is only one way to settle the matter. First, you must take all of the fruit off the tree. Each of you should take half the mangos. Then you must cut down the tree and divide the trunk in half. Each of you should take half the wood, too. Then everything will be fair. That is what I say"
Rehman thought it was all a good idea, and he said so.
But Abu said, “Your grace! I have tended that tree for seven years. If you must, give the mango tree to Rehman. But do not make us cut it down!" "What you have said told me all I need to know," said Birbal. Then he said that Abu was the true owner of the mango tree.
The moral of this story is to show a sense of responsibility that comes with enjoying the fruits of nature. We must be willing to nurture the precious life in the mango tree despite all odds. This is the true calling of all the farmers involved with Vinayaga Fruits.