It was a calm village. The people in the village were all dependent on the rich agricultural fields. Every day, they used to cook and leave for their agricultural works and return home in the evening. To their surprise, at least one family found their vessels empty. They could not trace the culprit.
A wicked Jackal was in the habit of stealing food and other eatables from the villagers. Somehow, they sensed that it was a jungle animal, that came stealthily to their homes and ate their food. So, they set some traps around the village and waited patiently.
The next day, the Jackal came to the village as usual. He fell into the trap. He tried with all his strength, but could not escape. A sanyasi happened to come that way. The cunning Jackal pleaded, ‘Respected sanyasi, you are such a good and pious person. Can you kindly set me free?’ The Sanyasi took an effort to free the Jackal.
Once free, the Jackal started shouting, ‘Here is the thief who stole all your food, come and catch him.’ The villagers rushed to the spot and found the sanyasi holding the Jackal. They at once knew who was the real thief. They all beat the Jackal. From then on wards the Jackal was not seen.
Moral: If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.