115. The Thief-Turned-Sadhu
The king decided to choose a husband for his daughter from among the sadhus who meditated by the river.
A thief heard about this and disguised himself as a sadhu, hoping to marry the princess.
He sat among the sadhus when the king and princess came to inspect them. All the sadhus refused the king's offer.
As the thief sat there, watching one sadhu after another reject wealth and power, preferring the spiritual life, he was moved to become a sadhu himself.
"Will you marry the princess?" asked the king.
"No," said the thief-turned-sadhu, and with the sadhus he remained.
Inspired by: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
Notes: This is story 107 in the book. You can find out more about the sadhus of India at Wikipedia.