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Women in the village were heading to the river for a bath.
As they were crossing a field, there upon a ridge laid a sadhu reclining with his head on a brick for height.
One of the women exclaimed, ‘Hey this sadhu is a maha gyani. Let us do pranam and seek his blessings.’
And so they did and as they went river-wards, one of the women remarked loudly: ‘You say he’s a maha gyani, yet he needed the comfort of a pillow!’
After finishing their bath, they returned the same away.
They saw the same sadhu now lying with his head resting on bare ground – he had thrown away the brick.
As they passed by, seeing this, another woman remarked: ‘You say he’s a maha gyani, yet he has an ego that gets pricked?’
The sadhu burst laughing. He got up to get back the brick lying some feet away! The lesson he had learnt early on had come back to him: ‘Let the world say what it wants, do yours.’
Based on a pravachan by Shri Vittaldas Maharaj