103. The Two Men and the Mangos
Two men went into a mango orchard.
One man immediately began to count the number of trees and the number of mangos on the trees, and even the number of leaves, estimating how much might be harvested, what the mangos would weigh, and so on.
The other man went to the orchard's owner and befriended him. Then, at the invitation of his host, he began to eat the mangos. They were delicious!
Be like that man: befriend the Creator and enjoy the gifts of creation. What is the good of numbers and calculations when you could be eating mangos instead?
Inspired by: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
Notes: This is story 172 in the book. The word mango in English is adopted from the Tamil language of southern India; more about mangoes.