This one and only God, sometimes appears as Ganesha, sometimes as Rama, sometimes as Shiva, and sometimes as Devi.
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There were two merchants; Gopi was very smart and intelligent and the other Balu was foolish. Both used to go to distant places to sell their goods. Once Gopi was planning to take a caravan of five hundred bullock carts filled with merchandise to a distant place. He came to know that Balu was also planning the same at the same time. Gopi thought: thousand bullock carts means a thousand men and two thousand bullocks. When all of them go together the roads will get damaged. There will not be enough grass for the bullocks on the way. To prepare foo....
There were two merchants; Gopi was very smart and intelligent and the other Balu was foolish.
Both used to go to distant places to sell their goods.
Once Gopi was planning to take a caravan of five hundred bullock carts filled with merchandise to a distant place.
He came to know that Balu was also planning the same at the same time.
Gopi thought: thousand bullock carts means a thousand men and two thousand bullocks.
When all of them go together the roads will get damaged.
There will not be enough grass for the bullocks on the way.
To prepare food for a thousand men and getting drinking water for them will be difficult.
So Gopi went and told Balu about all these.
I think we should not be going together.
One group will go first and after a month only the second group should go.
You can decide whether you want to go first or second.
Balu thought: If I go first, then the roads will be in good condition.
For the caravan that goes second, the roads would be damaged.
If I go first, then there will be enough grass on the way.
For the one which goes second, the bullocks of the first caravan would have eaten away all the grass.
Balu congratulated himself for his wisdom and said, I will go first.
Gopi had a different logic.
The carts of the first caravan would level all the roads making them easier to travel.
The bullocks of the first caravan will have to eat old grass but by the time the second caravan goes fresh grass would have come up which is more healthy and tasty for the bullocks.
Balu set out with his caravan of five hundred carts.
On the way, there was a desert.
It would take one day to cross the desert.
It was known to everyone that there was no water in the desert.
Before they entered the desert, Balu told his people to fill up sufficient water in vessels and keep them in the carts.
There were some man-eating demons who lived in that desert.
They saw the caravan approaching.
The chief of the demons thought: If somehow I can make them throw away the water, after some time they will all get thirsty and tired.
That time we can easily overpower them.
The demon chief disguised himself as a young man, sat on a bullock cart, and started moving towards the caravan in the opposite direction.
He took a few more demons with him who looked like his servants.
They made their clothes look wet and applied mud to the wheels of his cart.
Balu was at the front of his caravan.
The demon and Balu met and greeted each other.
Balu said: Why are you all drenched?
The demon said: It's pouring heavily ahead.
There is a lot of water everywhere.
Balu said: But we are carrying water with us.
Demon: That's not necessary anymore.
There is a lot of good drinking water ahead.
You can throw away all the water.
Why carry an unnecessary load?
Balu instructed his people to empty vessels.
They went ahead in the scorching heat of the mid-noon and soon realized that there was not even a drop of water anywhere.
By evening they were all dehydrated and tired.
Many of them collapsed.
At that time the demons attacked, killed, and ate all the men and the bullocks.
After a month, Gopi set out on the same road with his caravan.
Before entering the desert he also told his men to fill vessels with water.
The demon chief approached Gopi also with the same plan.
Same drenched clothes and all.
He told Gopi also that he can throw away all the water they were carrying unnecessarily.
Gopi said: I will not do that unless I see water with my own eyes.
The demons went away disappointed.
Gopi's men asked him: Shouldn't we be doing what he said?
Why are we carrying the load unnecessarily?
Gopi said: Don't you people observe?
If there is rain anywhere nearby there will be a cool breeze.
If you look at the sky you can see dark rain clouds which can be seen even from far away.
They are trying to cheat us with some ulterior motive.
They became all the more alert and started moving faster.
Ahead they could see whatever remained of the first caravan.
Gopi thanked God for giving him intelligence, power of observation, and presence of mind and the caravan crossed the desert safely.
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