Everyday, every one of us asking this question to thyself  “why people are not realizing deceiving or cheating is a sin?” Every time, when this question arises in mind only location differs. Either it may be a shop, theatre, hotel or house but question remains unanswered.


Sometime, this question itself transform into a virus in mind and brings pain. Today, embezzling a millions of rupees viewed as act of intelligence in a society than as a fraud.

Deception has a long history. From great empire to common man, everyone has their own share. The speech is the major weapon used in deception. Always deceivers are glib-tongued. A victim falls as a prey by the believing/accepting their words as true. They mastered the art of using words very effectively.

An ordinary man doesn’t bother, when politician or others misappropriate huge amount of money. He is much concerned with his individual loss than for a social cause. Why this attitude? How did this cultivated? is another sub question? Every individual has diary inside his mind, which secretly records microscopic details of incident happened to him in the past. Whenever he goes to public place or tourist spot, he automatically reads the dairy several times. He keeps cross checking the people and situation against past happenings. 

When I was small boy, mother said “Shopkeeper deceived me because am a small kid”. This phrase was uttered by the father, when mother comes from shopping. The grandfather has used the same sentence when my father returns from the market. Only time frame is changed, but scene remains constant. Now my child will be in the place of mine.

During childhood days, I believed there were two types of people, one who is deceiving and other who deceived. But now, both the images dissolved into one, only the circumstance decides who is the former and who is the later.  A small story goes like this “There was son and father lived in a small town. Father was honest and upright. Son leads his life through cheating and deceiving ways. His father tried his best ways to correct his son. But he failed. One fine day, father said his son ‘Dear son, whenever you deceive a person, I will fix one nail in the door. At least on seeing this you have to change.’   But his son, never cared for anything. He went on his own ways. Several years passed. One day, his son noticed thousands of nails in his door. He started worrying about himself and realized all his sins. He came to his father and confessed that he won’t indulge in bad activities hereafter. Father replied ‘ Son! am happy that you have realized your mistake. You should not merely stop your activity; in turn start doing good things to people around you. On doing every good thing, I will unplug one nail from the door. His son started doing good things to community. Some months passed, but nails have not been reduced. He couldn’t do good things as fast as bad things.  At end of every day he counts the nails in the door. He feels pain in his heart. Years passed like this. Son and father grew old. One fine day, father hears about his son good deeds to the community and at last he removes the final nail from the door. Son came to his father and asks ‘Dad, now I become good person, right?”  Father commands his son to go and look at the door carefully. He informs that all the nails have been removed. Father replies ‘ Son, door was good at the beginning, but I nailed whenever you did a mistake, but later it was removed one by one because of your good doings. But pores due to nail were remains.  Like this, your sins have been forgiven. But the effects due to sins committed remains, as these pores in the door’.  Now that door resembles as his conscience to the son.  Like this story, whenever we deceive or cheat other, nail was secretly plugged in our door. But it is not visible to our naked eye. The question is like a sword hanging on the rope whether our head will be spared or not, is depends upon the answer to this question.

This essay is written based on original story authored by Mr. S. Ramakrishnan, famous Tamil Writer, India 

Update (26/06/2008) :



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