A LONG BEARD WITHIN A SINGLE NIGHT
—Sri Swami Sivananda—
Ram was a habitual drinker.
He went to a shop at 10 p.m. after drinking
And asked for almonds for one rupee.
He threw a two rupee coin on the desk.
The shopkeeper said, “I am closing the shop now.
Come tomorrow morning.”
Ram replied, “I want to satisfy my craving now.”
The shopkeeper gave Ram almonds.
He did not return one rupee as he had no change.
Ram took the almonds and came back.
There was a bull in front of the shop.
He took this as a mark to recognize the shop.
In the next morning he went to the shop
To get back his one rupee.
The bull was found in front of a tailor’s shop.
Ram asked the shopkeeper (tailor) to return his one rupee.
The tailor said, “I did not have any transaction with you.”
Ram said, “You are telling a lie.
But how is it you have grown such a long beard
Within a single night for the sake of one rupee!”