One of Osho Rajneesh’s witty tales is about a man who runs into his old friend after a gap of some twenty years. The man (let’s call him Ram) took his friend (let’s call him Shyam) home and gave him the best clothes he had. Then both the friends decided to take a stroll in the village.
|Interesting body languages|
Everyone on the way enquired about Shyam. Ram realised that all the people took note of Shyam’s clothes. In fact, Shyam looked charming in those clothes. Beautiful women eyed him wistfully, or so thought Ram.
They visited the houses of some important personalities in the village. “This is my friend, Shyam, whom I’ve met after some twenty years,” Ram introduced his friend. Then he said, “he’s a very successful and charming person. But the clothes he’s wearing, they’re mine.”
Shyam flinched slightly but ignored it.
A similar introduction was given in the next house too. When they came out of the house, Shyam said, “You know, if you wish we can exchange our clothes. I’d be happy wearing those clothes you’re wearing.”
“No, not at all,” said Ram. “You look fine in them. Keep them.” But the manner of introduction did not change. So Shyam explained to his friend that he was feeling awkward with that introduction. Couldn’t he avoid the mention of the clothes?
“Oh, sure,” said Ram. “I won’t mention them.”
In the next house, Ram said, “This is my friend, Shyam, whom I’ve met after some twenty years. He’s a very successful and charming person. About the clothes he’s wearing, well, I’ve promised him not to mention them.”
I was reminded of this story when I read Mr L K Advani’s comments about Mr Narendra Modi – reported in today’s newspapers. “Our Modiji isn’t the only one who has scored a hat trick in elections,” said Advaniji. “Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh have also been elected thrice like him.” Advaniji did not forget to mention also that in 1990 Modiji escorted him during the Rathyatra he led demanding a Ram temple at the site of the Babri Masjid.
How destiny reverses roles!
The moral: Even destiny cannot suppress jealousy.
Title courtesy: The Hindu