Once there was a mystic tree, heavy with different kinds of fruits on its branches. It had apples, pears, mangoes, oranges, berries, and every other fruit imaginable. A man and his teenage boy passed by, and the boy wanted to climb the tree and taste the fruits. The man warned the boy not to and said the tree was full of illusions. But the boy didn’t heed the advice and climbed the tree when his father was not around. As he climbed the tree, he discovered that there were all kinds of fruits, just as he read in the book of mysteries.
He picked the nearest mango and found that it was the most delicious mango he had ever tasted. Then right next to it was a white apple and next to that was a red orange. He quickly devoured them and surprisingly noticed that instead of feeling full in the stomach, he felt hungrier than ever. Then he saw a variety of berries and a large watermelon on the branch next to him. He quickly swallowed a bunch of berries and opened the melon to quench his thirst and satisfy his hunger. And, once again, surprisingly, he found his appetite insatiable and his thirst unquenchable.
By this time, his father had come back from work, found his lad up in the tree, and called him down. But the curious teen wanted to demystify the mysteries of the tree, and he climbed on. There he found a shiny black fruit, something he had never seen before, nestled far away from his reach. He carefully crawled closer to it and when he was just about to lay his hands on the fruit, out of nowhere a giant snake with three heads appeared and struck him hard on his neck. Crying out loud in pain, losing control, the boy—without tasting the black fruit—fell, almost losing his consciousness when his father came to his rescue and saved his life.
After the poison was taken out and the boy recuperated, his father lovingly asked, “Did you find what you want up there?” The boy answered, “No.” “Do you think you are ever going find what you want on that tree of illusion?” The boy answered, “I don’t know.” The father explained, “You wouldn’t. It’s because, on this mystical tree of illusion, every fruit you desire only increases your hunger. No matter how many fruits you taste, your desire for more will never be satisfied.”