In previous times, the grahasthas were habituated to asking if anyone was hungry before taking their meals.

One grahastha – who is a flower seller – went outside and called out to see if anyone was hungry.

He saw a fisherman.

He said, “Have you taken your meal?”

The fisherman said “No,”

So he took him inside.

Then he said, “Please leave the fish basket outside. It is too smelly.”

After he fed him he asked the fisherman, “Do you have a place to sleep tonight?”

He said, “No.”

He allowed him to sleep there.

About one or two o’clock in the morning the grahastha had to get up to answer nature’s call.

When he looked to see how the guest was doing, he found him tossing and turning.

He asked, “How are you sleeping?”

The fisherman replied, “My sleep is very disturbed. I cannot get to sleep!”

“Why is this? What is the difficulty?” the grahasta asked.

And the fisherman said, “You have so much flowers in the house and the flower smell is disturbing me. The difficulty is that I cannot sleep without my fish basket. I am used to the smell. Without smelling that fish basket, I cannot go to sleep.”

So then he said:

“All right, bring your basket, and you can go to sleep.”

Then the fisherman slept soundly.


Even though the flower smell’s good – the person who is used to fish smell cannot stand it – it is a typical example of conditioning in the material world.

People got so much used to the bad habits and they cannot live without them.


Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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