THE MAGNETISM OF LOVE
DISGUISED as a common traveller, Raja Prajapal was riding a horse to
a neighbouring town. On the way, a lame man signalled to him to
stoop and pleaded, “I am lame, I have come a long way and am very
tired. I’ll be very greateful it you allow me to ride behind you as
far as the next town.”
Feeling sorry for him, the Raja helped him to mount. On their
arrival at the town, he was helping him to dismount when the man
raised a hue and cry. “I am lame: this man is trying to make away
with my horse!” Soon a sympathising crowd gathered around them and
led them to the judge.
The judge ordered the traveller to lead his horse some distance and
tether him to a nail in a wall. Next he ordered the impostor to
untether him and lead him back Within seconds, he cried out to the
traveller, “this horse belongs to you can take it.”
The Raja was amazed at this novel procedure of giving judgment.
Revealing his identity, he asked the judge, “but how could you
decide so quickly that I was the rightful owner of the horse?”
“Sire, as you led the horse to be tethered, he followed you
unhesitatingly, affectionately; but as that impostortried to lead
him back the horse shied and started dragging his feet. Wasn’t that
a conclusive proof?” Love attracts, fear repels.