117. The Holy Man by the Roadside
A holy man lay by the side of the road in the dark of night, deep in meditation.
A passing thief saw him and said, "That thief exhausted himself in criminal activity and fell asleep here before he got home. I won't make his mistake!"
A passing drunkard saw him and said, "That drunkard collapsed in a stupor here in public. Shameful! I will make sure I get home before I pass out!"
Another holy man walked by and bowed down in reverence.
Only he could see what was in front of his eyes; the others could see only themselves.
Inspired by: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
Notes: This is story 180 in the book. You can find out more about Ramakrishna at Wikipedia.