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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
The weather was threatening to turn for the worse accompanied by lightning and thunder dazzling the sky with their fireworks. The trees were swaying perilously to heavy winds.
A little sparrow struggling to hold itself aloft approached a large tree standing on the banks of a river seeking shelter.
The tree refused point-blank asking it to go somewhere else, all its pleas falling on deaf ears. Thereupon the dejected sparrow went up to another tree that was located some distance away. The second tree obliged, taking the bird under its wings and ending its search.
Shortly after, the clouds unloaded their goods with a ferocity that caused the river to swell in no time and break its banks. The deluge washed away the ground soil causing the trees standing on the banks to topple.
The sparrow was saddened to see the nay-saying tree falling down and being swept away mercilessly by the raging water currents.
The tree too spotted the sparrow on a safe perch just in time to utter these words before disappearing from sight: ‘This was certain to happen. Now you know…’