CUENTOS DE LA INDIA – The “Saint”

CUENTOS DE LA INDIA – The “Saint”


THE “SAINT” In the city of Lucknow lived a man who was
known for his bad temper, violence and bluffing. At his gatherings he would talk about his
great successes how smart he was, all the important posts he had supervised and all
the things that he had done for the city. If anyone dared contradict him he would grow
furious and lash out insults. People despised him and avoided meeting him. Tired of all the insults he received he decided
to retire far away and live in a shack on top of a hill. He spent ten years living this
way until he was convinced that he had learned to control his explosive nature and tone down his ego. In the town and surroundings, a rumor started: a saint lived in a shack on top of the hill. Pious people would climb the hill with offerings of food to show their devotion and affection. The “saint” decided to attend the Kumbh Mela, the largest massive act of faith in the world, held at the city of Prayag, province of Uttar Pradesh. As soon as he reached the edge of the Ganges, people identified him as a sacred
sadhu and kneeled as he walked by. He slowly started to feel like an important person again. He entered the river, packed with people and
suddenly felt a sharp pain on his toe. A fat man wearing a flowered necklace and ashes on his face was next to him singing a mantra and accidentally had stepped on his foot. He jumped up and grabbed the devote man by the neck, shouting: “-You just stepped on
me, you imbecile! Say you’re sorry or I’ll kill you right here, right now!” The ten years of isolation on top of the hill had done nothing for him.

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