KAMATH INSPIRES: BE DIFFERENT
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An old man and a young man are traveling with a donkey. They have reached near a
town; they both are walking with their donkey. School children passed them and
they giggled and they laughed and they said,
Look at these fools: they have a healthy donkey with them and they are walking.
At least the old man can sit on the donkey.
Listening to those children the old man and the young man decided, What to do? -
because people are laughing and soon we will be entering the town, so it is
better to follow what they are saying. So the old man sat on the donkey and the
young man followed.
Then they came near another group of people and they looked at them and said,
Look! - the old man is sitting on the donkey and the poor boy is walking. This
is absurd! The old man can walk, but the boy should be allowed to sit on the
donkey.So they changed: the old man started walking and the boy was allowed to
Then another group came and said, Look at these fools. And this boy seems to be
too arrogant. Maybe the old man is his father or his teacher and he is walking,
and he is sitting on the donkey - this is against all rules!
So what to do? They both decided that now there is only one possibility: that
they both should sit on the donkey; so they both sat on the donkey. Then other
groups came and they said, Look at these people, so violent! The poor donkey is
almost dying - two persons on one donkey. It would have been better if they
carried the donkey on their shoulders.
So they again discussed, and then there was the river and the bridge. They had
now almost reached the boundary of the town, so they thought: It is better to
behave as people think in this town, otherwise they will think we are fools. So
they found a bamboo; on their shoulders they put the bamboo and hung the donkey
by his legs, tied it in the bamboo and carried him.
The donkey tried to rebel, as donkeys are they cannot be forced very easily. He
tried to escape because he is not a believer in society and what others are
saying. But the two men were too much and they forced him, so the donkey had to
yield. Just on the bridge in the middle a crowd passed and they all gathered and
Look, these fools! We have never seen such idiots - a donkey is to ride upon,
not to carry on your shoulders. Have you gone mad?
Listening to them - and a great crowd gathered - the donkey became restless, so
restless that he jumped and fell from the bridge down into the river - died.
Both men came down - the donkey was dead. They sat by the side and the old man
Now listen... just like this donkey you will be dead if you listen to people too
much. Don't bother what others say, because there are millions of others and
they have their own minds and everybody will say something; everybody has his
opinions and if you listen to opinions this will be your end.
Don't listen to anybody, you remain yourself. Just bypass them, be indifferent.
If you go on listening to everybody, everybody will be prodding you to this way
or that. You will never be able to reach your innermost center."
Inspiring articles by Dr.Ramesh Kamath