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6-Do Not Judge Quickly...

Once upon a time there lived a Saadhu (hermit). Everyday at day break he would go to the river to take a dip. On the way he had to pass by a prostitute's house.

One day when he was returning from the river, the prostitute, just to tease him asked him - " Baabaa, Khare ho ya Khote?"-(Are you pure or impure?) The Saadhu (hermit) did not answer and came back quietly.

This question became a ritual between the two and continued for umpteen number of years. One day the Saadhu did not return from the river. As the prostitute waited anxiously for his return, a man came and told her that the Saadhu had slipped on the steps of the Ghaat (river bank) and was dying and he was waiting for her.

The prostitute went running to the river. On seeing her, the Saadhu told her to repeat her question that she usually asked. When she repeated the question, the Saadhu said that he was Kharaa (pure).

He had not said so before because he was not sure that he would remain the same for his whole life. Since he was dying, there was no time for him to change that is why he thought this to answer her question. The Saadhu then closed his eyes.

See the possibility that things and people can change at any time and don't hold onto one judgment, otherwise your judgment becomes solidified like a rock. It brings misery to you and others. The universe is in flux. Bad may become good and good may become bad.

Doodh aur Buddhi palatate der naheen lagatee (Milk and mind doesn't take much time to change). It is a fact that that there is no guarantee of human beings' mind when they get changed because they change from time to time. But it is also a fact that people evolve with time and experience.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on May 27, 2001
Modified on 10/02/13