Once in a village, it rained whole night. Roads were all muddy and potholes were filled to brim.
Next day, it was day for market, where farmers would go to sell their crops. There was a farmer named Raju who also had to go market from his village.
Raju loaded his cart and which was pulled by horses. Raju was riding his cart but it was difficult for horses to drag load through deep mud.
Suddenly one of wheel of horse cart sank into mire. More horses tried to pull cart, more wheel sank.
Raju climbed down from his seat and stood beside his cart.
He looked around but couldn’t find anyone who could help him to get cart wheel out of that mire.
He didn’t make the slightest effort to get down and try to lift it up by himself. Cursing his bad luck, he sat beside his cart, looking dejected and defeated.
Looking up at sky, he started shouting, “God, why am so unlucky! Why has this happened to me? Oh God please come down to help me.”
After a long wait, Raju heard a voice.
Voice asked Raju, “Do you think you can move this cart by simply looking at it or by whining about it? Did you even try to get wheel out of pothole by yourself?
Nobody will help you unless you make some effort yourself. Get up and put your shoulder to wheel and try to get it out.”
Raju was ashamed of himself.
Just then he bent down and put his shoulder to wheel and urged on horses. Within no time wheel was out of mire.
Raju thanked God for lesson and carried on with his journey happily.
God Help those Who Help Themselves.
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