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THE PLUNDERERS WHO GO ABOUT AS RELIGIOUS

THERE was a goldsmith who kept a jewellery
shop. He looked like a great devotee, a true
Vaishnava, with beads round his neck, rosary in his
hand, and the holy marks on his forehead.
Naturally people trusted him and came to his shop
on business. They thought that, being such a pious
man, he would never cheat them. Whenever a
party of customers entered the shop, they would
hear one of his craftsmen say, ‘Kesava! Kesava!’
Another would say after a while, ‘Gopal! Gopal!’
Then a third would mutter, ‘Hari! Hari!’ Finally
someone would say, ‘Hara! Hara!’ Now these are,
as you know, different names of God. Hearing so
much chanting of God’s names the customers
naturally thought thai this goldsmith must be a
very superior person. But can you guess the
goldsmith’s true intention? The man who said
‘Kesava! Kesava!’ meant to ask, ‘Who are these?
Who are these customers?’ The man who said
‘Gopal! Gopal!’ conveyed the idea that the
customers were merely a herd of cows. That was
the estimate he formed of them after the exchange
of a few words. The man who said ‘Hari! Hail!’
asked, ‘Since they are no better than a herd of
cows, then may we rob them?” He who said ‘Hara!
Hara!’ gave his assent, meaning by these words,
‘Do rob by all means, since they are mere cows!’

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Men of the World : THE JACKAL THAT WON’T LEAVE THE COMPANY OF A BULLOCK

ONCE a jackal saw a bullock and would not give
up his company. The bullock roamed about and
the jackal followed him. The jackal thought: “There
hang the bullock’s testicles. Sometime or other they
will drop to the ground and I shall eat them.”
When the bullock slept on the ground, the jackal
lay down too, and when the bullock moved about,
the jackal followed him. Many days passed in this
way, but the bullock’s testicles still clung to his
body. The jackal went away disappointed.
That also happens to flatterers. They think that the
rich man will loosen his purse strings for them. But
it is very difficult to get anything from him.

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THERE ARE SUCH MEN INDEED!

IT is not mentioned in their ‘Science’ that God can
take human form; so how can they believe it?
There are such men indeed!

Listen to a story. A man said to his friend, “I have
just seen a house fall down with a terrific crash.”
Now, the friend to whom he told this had received
an English education. He said: “Just a minute. Let
me look it up in the newspaper.” He read the paper
but could not find the news of a house falling
down with a crash. Thereupon he said to his
friend: “Well, I don’t believe you. It isn’t in the
paper; so it is all false.”

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Men of the World : WHEN ALL TEETH FELL

LET me tell you a story. A man used to celebrate
the Durga Puja at his house with great pomp.
Goats were sacrificed from sunrise to sunset. But
after a few years the sacrifice was not so imposing.
Then someone said to him, “How is it, sir, that the
sacrifice at your place has become such a tame
affair?” “Don’t you see?” he said, “My teeth are
gone now.”

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Men of the World : WHEN THEY ARE ANNOYED

 

You see, we don’t take any collection during the
performance at our place. Jadu’s* mother says to
me, “Other sadhus always ask for money, but you
do not.” Worldly people feel annoyed if they have
to spend money.
A theatrical performance was being given at a
certain place. A man felt a great desire to take a
seat and see it. He peeped in and saw that a
collection was being taken from the audience.
Quietly he slipped away. Another performance was
being given at some other place. He went there
and, inquiring, found that no collection would be
taken. There was a great rush of people. He
elbowed his way through the crowd and reached
the centre of the hall. There he picked out a nice
seat for himself, twirled his moustaches, and sat
through the performance.

*A devotee of Sri Ramakrishna

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