Story of a Sandalwood Merchant

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble dandavat pranams! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

Here's a small story of a sandalwood merchant. Once King Mahendra went on his rounds with his minister in disguise. On the way they saw a man sitting and thinking deeply. Again next day they saw him in the same posture. On seeing him again the King remarked,"I feel like punishing this guy even though he has not done anything wrong". The minister wisely replied, I shall find all about him first.

Later they came to know through the spies that he is a sandalwood merchant. The minister then asked the King's permission to make some furniture and a car for temple made in sandalwood. The king agreed and asked him to go ahead. He appreciated the work. Few days later, as they again went on rounds they found the same person. Now the king remarked, "Do you recognize this person. I have no ill feelings for him today."

Minister replied,"Yes, he is a sandalwood merchant. His business was very dull that day, so his thoughts were also bad. He thought if you die, his sandalwood would be purchased to burn your body. This affected you psychologically and you naturally developed aversion towards him. Today we have given good business to him, he thanks you now and wishes you to live long." The King then remarked, "If someone thinks ill of us we unknowingly develop ill feeling towards him. Is it your explanation?".

Minister replied, "Not only that, if we always think good of others, others too will feel good towards us." 

This message was told by Maharaj in Dwaraka in very simple words: "Always feel good about others and you will be happy. If you are nice to others and do good to others you will never be in trouble. And if everything is good, no scope for mind to deviate."

Suniti, Dhruva Maharaja's mother is best example of Morality. When Dhruva Maharaj came to her crying after being insulted by his step-mother, she says in Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.17:

dīrghaṁ śvasantī vṛjinasya pāram
apaśyatī bālakam āha bālā
māmaṅgalaṁ tāta pareṣu maṁsthā
bhuṅkte jano yat para-duḥkhadas tat

She also was breathing very heavily, and she did not know the factual remedy for the painful situation. Not finding any remedy, she said to her son: My dear son, don’t wish for anything inauspicious for others. Anyone who inflicts pains upon others suffers himself from that pain.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Abhira Kanya devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.