Once there was an old man and a young boy who were travelling with a donkey.

The young man was leading the donkey and the old man was riding on the donkey.

When they passed through a small village, some of the townspeople yelled abuse:

“Look at this old man taking advantage of this poor young boy! What a rascal!”

After they had passed through the village, the old man said:

“We had better swap over, otherwise they will abuse us in the next village.”

So then they swapped with the old man leading and the young boy riding.

But in the next village also they got criticized:

“Look at this selfish boy, taking advantage of his grandfather. He should let the old man ride on the donkey.”

So then they both got off and led the donkey.

But in the next village the people yelled out:

“Look at these two stupid people! They have a donkey, but they are choosing to walk instead!”

Then the old man concluded, “Actually, it doesn’t matter what you do, people will always be critical.”


It is typical in the material world whatever activities we do, we will be criticized.

Better to do our activities as prescribed by Sadhu, Sastra & Guru and do not worry about the critics.

Also in this world we cannot make everyone happy.

If we do good for someone, it may be bad for some other people.

When we follow regulative principles and devotion, it is good for a peaceful life. But, there are people who call us ignorant or failed people.

If we hear the opinions of everyone, we will end up in nothing.

So, it is wise to do what sadhu, Sastra and Guru instructs us to be safe in this life and beyond.


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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