LIGHT AND DARKNESS
ONCE a man dreamt a very strange dream. He was plunged in wonder.
A Sadhu and a prostitute living in same town had died within a week
of each other. The prostitute went heave, the Sadhu to hell. The
prostitute had risen high, the Sadhu had turmbled down!
The man related this dream to a seer. The seer said, “Well, there is
nothing strange about your dream, The prostitute was ashamed of her
immoral life and was striving to give it up. She thought highly of
the Sadhu and praised him sincerely. On the other hand, the sadhu
was conceited and boasted of his noble living, scorning the woman
and condemning her way of life.
“The prostitute, despite her immoral occupation, had the virtue of
condemning herself and appreciating Someone she thought holy; the
Sadhu, despite his holy vocation, was guilty of praising himself and
condemning others. That is why the prostitute found light, but the
Sadhuwas lost in darkness.”