Jainism’s great Pandit, Gopaldasji Baraiya once left on a train journey from his native place, Morena to Mumbai. He took the tickets for everyone in the family except for his youngest son who was three years old, thinking that according to the railway rules, his youngest son would not need a ticket.
When the train left from Madhya Pradesh, Pandit Gopaldasji’s wife told him that it was his son’s birthday that day and he was now four!
Pandit Gopaldasji had walked on the path of truth for his entire life and was shocked on hearing the news from his wife. He felt that even though it was unknowingly, he had cheated the railways. He stayed restless throughout the journey till Mumbai. The minute he got down on Mumbai railway station he rushed to buy a ticket from the ticket window.
He told the stationmaster, “Mistakenly, I did not take the ticket for my four-year-old son. I have unknowingly done something that is wrong. Please give me a ticket to Morena so that I can make it up for my mistake.”
The station master said, “It is alright. Since you have already reached Mumbai, there is no need for you to buy the ticket.”
But Pandit Gopaldasji insisted that wanted to the ticket to Morena from Mumbai. He had to be truthful to himself, even if no one was watching or judging him.
How many of us have the courage to be truthful to ourselves even in the smallest of things?