A saint lived in a town. One day while meditating, God
appeared in a vision and warned him about a disaster which
was to befall the town. God said:

“After seven days from today, there will be a heavy rainfall.
All the tanks, lakes and wells of the town will be filled with
water. No one should drink it. Those who do so will turn
mad.”

The saint was worried and wanted to help the people. He
went around the town informing them about the impending
danger. He advised them to leave the town and seek shelter
elsewhere. No one paid attention to his words.

The day before the rainfall, the saint left the town and sought
refuge in a cave located in a forest. Next day, it began to rain
very heavily. All the tanks, lakes and wells in the town were
brimful with water. The people had no other water to drink.
They drank the rain water and as predicted, became mad.

The saint who was safe in the cave was haunted by the memory
of his people. He returned to the town and was pained to see
that the place was filled with lunatics. In the eyes of the mad
people, the saint appeared mad and they began to throw stones
at him.

The saint returned to his cave with a heavy heart. After some
time he visited the town again. The people drove him away.
This experience got repeated again and again. Finally, unable
to bear loneliness any longer, the saint came back to the town,
drank the water and became mad.

We may wonder why the saint drank the rain water?

He did so because the path of truth is lonely and difficult.
Only a few can hold on to it till the end.

A saint appears mad to ordinary people because he renounces
the visible world of pleasures for the sake of the invisible
God. On the other hand, those who run behind worldly
pleasures, forgetting paramathma sukha appear mad to the jnânis.
Only a Sadhguru continues to walk the lonely path of
truth while others join the crowd of worldly lunatics.

God. On the other hand, those who run behind worldly
pleasures, forgetting paramathma sukha appear mad to the jnânis.
Only a Sadhguru continues to walk the lonely path of
truth while others join the crowd of worldly lunatics.

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