One day a known person approached Chanakya and enthusiastically started saying, “Do you know, just a while ago, I heard few things from you friend about you?”
Chanakya was famous for his wisdom, knowledge and good behavior. He said to his known person, “Before I listen to what you have to say, I would like to test it through my three step testing.”
“What is this three step test?”, the person asked.
Chankya made him understand, “ Before you tell me about what my friend has said, let us test it. I call this testing – a three step test. The first test is of truth-ness. Is it sure that whatever you are going to say is a truth?”
“No”, the person said, “ I have heard it from somewhere.”
“Okay”, Chanakya analyzed. “If you don’t know whether this is truth or not, we will do another test. The second test is for goodness. Are you going to tell me some good thing about my friend?”
“No, it’s opposite to it…..”
“Then”, Chankya asked further. “Whatever you are going to say, is not the truth, is not positive about my friend then lets do the third test. The third test is of usefulness. Whatever you are going to tell me, is that useful to me?”
“No, it’s not like that.”
Chankya then said the last thing.
“Whatever you are suppose to tell me, it is not true, its not positive and its not useful also, then why you want to tell me?”
Moral of the Story: Never trust a person on the face value. Check the facts yourself. Others may have hidden agenda. Be careful.