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Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa – A Simple Thought

Once a sage was lying by the roadside deeply immerged in Samadhi. A thief, while passing by that way, saw him and thought: ‘This fellow here must be a thief. He must have broken into some houses last night and is now sleeping through exhaustion. The police will be very soon here to catch him. So let me escape in time.’ Thus cogitating, he ran away.

Soon after, a drunkard came there, and seeing the sage, said, ‘Hallo! you have fallen into the ditch by drinking too much. Eh! I am steadier than yourself and am not going to tumble down.’

Last of all there came a sage, and realizing that a great saint was lying in the state of Samadhi, sat down by his side and began to press his holy feet gently.

- Our worldly tendencies prevent us from recognizing true holiness and piety.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa


  1. Folk view matters through their professions. If they know not of other issues then they cannot understand the other's profession or situation.

    Acupressure is relaxing.

    Different professions have their own clubs and groups. Some have their own governing councils.

    The thief, drunkard/vagrant and sage have expertise in their field. They cannot appreciate the other's role.

    The thief would consider the drunkard/vagrant as a social nuisance and the sage as a social obstacle.

    The drunkard/vagrant would consider the thief as a social nuisance and the sage as a social obstacle.

    The sage would consider the both the thief and the drunkard/vagrant as social obstacles causing nuisance.

    The thief considers everything as the thief's possession and takes whatever is desired. The drunkard/vagrant is aware of everything but tries to escape from it all or lives on the margins. The sage knows certain things about the world and tries to cope and live in everything.

    The thief and the drunkard/vagrant think the sage is somewhat lesser than themselves. The fellow sage thinks on more egalitarian lines.

    One should follow and be whatever one is interested in.

    The thief, drunkard/vagrant and sage are comfortable in their lifestyle choices.

    In their own ways the trio are jostling to keep/make their position in life better.

    The salient point of the thief is wealth. The salient point of the drunkard/vagrant is mirth. The salient point of the sage is knowledge. All three practice.

  2. Notes: thief/criminal, sage/scholar.


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