Tenalirama had heard of a new guru who was attracting crowds of worshipers. He went to see the would-be saint and was appalled. The man had no knowledge of sacred mantras; instead, he was reciting random gibberish.
"O Great Soul!" shouted Tenalirama as he approached the sadhu. "O Most Holy One!" He then reached out and plucked a hair from the sadhu's beard. "A single strand of hair from your beard will bless me forever!"
The crowd then rushed forward, everyone wanting to grab a hair from the sadhu's beard. Terrified, the sadhu ran off, never to be seen again.
Inspired by: Fix Your Problems the Tenali Raman Way by Vishal Goyal
Notes: This story is on p. 32 of the book.