King Krishnadevarayar rode on a grand elephant during a ceremonial procession, accompanied by a few others. As they proceeded along a street, a young man halted the front-line elephant by grabbing its tusk, causing the elephant to move backward for a considerable distance.

Curious about the youth's strength, the king turned to his minister, Appaji, and remarked, "This young man must possess remarkable strength to push an elephant." Appaji responded, "He is likely a carefree youth, unburdened by worries."

The following day, the minister decided to inquire about the young man and set out to find his house. Upon reaching the youth's home, Appaji addressed the youth's mother, saying, "Dear mother of this young man, by providing him with privileges, you have inadvertently fostered irresponsibility in him. Henceforth, refrain from adding salt to his food. Inform him that you will only add salt once he brings home earnings. This way, your child will learn responsibility."

A few days later, the king embarked on a tour of the town, riding on his elephant with the lead elephants preceding him. The aforementioned youth returned and attempted to push the elephant by its tusk. However, the elephant countered the force and caused the youth to fall onto the road.

Observing the incident, the minister turned to the king and said, "Did you witness that? The youth has lost his strength, pondering how he would earn a living and support himself. A life devoid of worries bestows strength upon an individual."

Impressed by the minister's wisdom, the king rewarded Appaji with gifts as a token of appreciation for his advice.