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Hindu Traditional Story on the Worthlessness of Rituals

Once a Sanyasi wanted to take bath in the GangaRiver. He had a Kamandalu (water pot) with him. It was very old and had belonged to his Guru and it was his prized possession. He wanted to keep it in a safe place before he took bath. He looked around at the people on the banks of Ganga to see if anyone looked trustworthy to be entrusted with its care. The Sanyasi saw no one he could trust.
Then he had a brainwave, ‘why not bury the pot in the sand on the river bank?’ He made a small pit in the sand and buried his water pot under the sand and made a small heap to mark the location. He then went to take a dip in the Ganga.
A farmer happened to watch this man from a distance. He thought, ‘Oh! It looks like we need to make a sand heap before taking a bath in the river’ and proceeded to do just that. Another man witnessed it and saw the farmer make a sand heap before taking a bath. He too followed suit.
Soon all the people who went into the river for a bath did exactly the same thing. The…