116. The Fisherman-Turned-Sadhu
A fisherman was poaching fish from a rich man's lake at night.
The watchmen discovered him. "Stop!" they yelled.
The fisherman ran, and then to hide himself he covered his body with ashes and sat beneath a tree as if he were a sadhu.
By morning word had already spread that a sadhu had arrived. People came to see the sadhu under the tree, bringing offerings of flowers and fruits, bowing reverently.
The fisherman-turned-sadhu felt at peace.
"I think I shall become a true sadhu after all," he thought to himself, "and I will be worthy of these people's devotion."
Inspired by: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
Notes: This is story 108 in the book. Compare the story of The Thief-Turned-Sadhu.