Go Forward

by Sidhartha Mishra

Once upon a time, a wood-cutter went into a forest to chop wood. There suddenly he met a Bramachari.
 The holy man said to him, “My good man, go forward.” On returning home the wood-cutter asked himself, “Why did the Brahmachari tell me to go forward?” Some time passed. One day he remembered the Brahmachari’s words. He said to himself, “Today I shall go deeper into the forest.”
 Going deep into the forest, he discovered innumerable sandalwood trees. He was very happy and returned with cart-loads of sandalwood. He sold them in the market and became very rich.
 A few days later he again remembered the words of the holy man to go forward. He went deeper into the forest and discovered a silver mine near a river. This was even beyond his dreams. He dug out silver from the mine and sold it in the market. He got so much money that he didn’t even know how much he had.
 A few days more passed. One day he thought: “The Brahmachari didn’t ask me to stop at the silver mine; he told me to go forward.”This time he went to the other side of the river and found a gold mine. Then he exclaimed:
 “Ah, just see! This is why he asked me to go forward!”
 Again, a few days afterward, he went still deeper into the forest and found heaps of diamonds and other precious gems. He took these also and became as rich as the God of wealth himself.
   Whatever one may do, one would find better and better things if only one goes forward.
About the Author:
Sidhartha Mishra is an Engineer working in JSW Steel ltd in Thelkoloi, Odisha. Writing is his passion and many of his works like stories, poems, essays, etc have been published on online platforms like the Indian Periodical, Pratilipi, Monomoushumi, StorryMirror, Koo, Reedsy, etc. His stories and poems have also found a place in published books namely ‘The Zen Moments ‘, ‘Cocktail Creatives’ etc. These books are available on online platforms like Amazon and Flipkart.

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