The wisdom of Birbal was unparalleled during the reign of Emperor Akbar. But Akbar’s brother in law was extremely jealous of him. He asked the Emperor to dispense with Birbal’s services and appoint him in his place. He gave ample assurance that he would convince be more efficient and capable than Birbal. Before Akbar could take a choice on this matter, this news reached Birbal.
Birbal resigned and left. Akbar’s brother in law was made the minister in situ of Birbal. Akbar decided to check the new minister. He gave 300 gold coins to him and said, “Spend these gold coins such, I buy 100 gold coins here during this life; 100 gold coins within the other world and another hundred gold coins neither here nor there.”
The minister found the whole situation to be a maze of confusion and hopelessness. He spent sleepless nights worrying how he would get himself out of this mess. Thinking in a circle was making him go crazy. Eventually, on the recommendation of his wife, he sought Birbal’s help. Birbal said, “Just give me the gold coins. I shall handle the remainder.”
Birbal walked the streets of the town holding the bag of gold coins in his hand. He noticed an upscale merchant celebrating his son’s wedding. Birbal gave 100 gold coins to him and bowed courteously saying, “Emperor Akbar sends you his good wishes and blessings for the marriage of your son. Please accept the gift he has sent.” The merchant felt honored that the king had sent a special messenger with such a precious gift. He honoured Birbal and gave him an outsized number of pricy gifts and a bag of gold coins as a return gift for the king.
When he came back to town he organized a concert of music and dance. He spent 100 gold coins thereon.
The next day Birbal entered Akbar’s darbar and announced that he had done all that the king had asked his brother-in-law to try to. The Emperor wanted to understand how he had done it. Birbal repeated the sequences of all the events then said, “The money I gave to the merchant for the marriage of his son – you’ve got came while on this earth. The cash I spent on buying food and clothing for the poor – you’ll catch on within the other world. The cash I spent on the musical concert – you’ll get neither here nor there.” Akbar’s brother in law understood his mistake and resigned. Birbal got his place back.
Moral: the cash you spend on friends is returned or reciprocated in some form or the opposite. The cash spent on charity gets converted into blessings from God which can be your eternal property. The cash spent on pleasures is simply frittered away. So once you spend your money, think a touch, if not tons.