The Three Wisemen and The Camel


The Three Wisemen and The Camel :

Once there lived a man in a small village in Arabia. He had a camel. Whenever he went on a journey, he went along with his camel. At one such journey, he lost his camel unexpectedly. He was in search of his camel. He asked everyone, “Have you seen my camel.” But everywhere his effort was in vain.

One day when he came through a city he met three wise men on his way. As usual he asked the wise men “Have any one of you seen my camel?” The three wise men thought for a while and began to speak. The man asked them curiously, “Have you seen my camel on your way?”


The first wise man asked him, “Is your camel’s one eye blind?”

The man replied quickly, “Yes, yes my camel’s one eye is blind.”

“Have you seen my camel on your way” the man asked the second wise man.

The second wise man asked him, “Is your camel lame?”

The man became curious and said, “Yes, yes he is lame!”

“Have you seen my camel” again he asked the third wise man.

The third wise man asked, “Was your camel carrying honey on one side and grain on the other side?”

On hearing these words, the owner of the camel became happy and asked them’ “Have you all seen my camel? Please tell me.”

Now the three wise men replied, “We had never seen your camel?”

“You three are fooling me now” Don’t make fun of me”, the man said in anger.

The three wise men said calmly.” We are not fooling you man. We didn’t see your camel anywhere”. The man got angry and took them to the King for enquiry.

He said to the King, “The three men had stolen my camel my Lord”.

He also described what they had said. The king asked the three what had happened. The three men denied that they had never seen it. The King asked them then how they could tell the identity of the camel lost.

The first man told the king that he had seen the grass eaten on only one side. “So I assumed that the camel must be blind in one eye”, He said.

The second man said that he had seen the grains scattered on one side and the honey on the other side. “So I assumed that the camel was carrying the grains on one side and honey on the other side”, He said.

The third man described that the hoof marks of the camel were lighter on one side than the other. “So we came to a conclusion that the camel must be lame”, He said.

The courtier including the king wondered about the cleverness of the three. So the king declared that they were not thieves and he asked the owner of the camel to search on the way the three wise men had come. The camel man went out of the court bending his head in search of his camel. The king appointed the three, as his ministers and ruled according to their advice.

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