The Charitable Jogi

: Part I.
: Folklore Of The Santal Parganas

Once there was a very poor man with a large family; and when his eldest

son grew up he tried to arrange a marriage for him. He selected a bride

and arranged matters with her relations but then he found that he had

no money to pay for the performance of the marriage ceremonies. So he

tried to borrow from his friends and from money lenders, but no one

would lend him anything. So he proposed to the bride's relatives to

y have the betrothal that year and the marriage the year after, but

they would not agree and said that the marriage must be then or never.

Just then a Jogi came to his house to beg and he told the Jogi all

about his difficulties and asked for help; the Jogi took pity on

him and gave him twenty rupees which was all that he had collected

by begging.

Now this Jogi had two wives at home and he thought that he would get

a poor reception from them if he returned empty handed, so he picked

up two stones and wrapped them up in two pieces of cloth. And when he

reached home his wives welcomed him and brought out a bed for him to

sit on and asked about his adventures and when they saw the bundles

they wished to know what was inside and they opened them before him

and behold the stones had turned into gold. When the Jogi saw this

he wished that he had picked up three or four stones instead of only

two and he understood that Chando had given him the gold because he

helped the poor man.

This is why no money lender will refuse a loan if one is asked for

for the performance of a marriage and money so borrowed is always

paid back punctually. When the Jogi came back the next year the poor

man paid him the twenty rupees.