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The Bamboo Jacket


A king once invited everyone for a feast. He laid down certain rules for this particular occasion. Firstly, the feast would start from the lower levels. Secondly, everyone would have to put on a bamboo jacket. Having put on the jacket one could not bring one’s hand near the mouth and so could not eat. He tried the next level and they also failed. Having tried all the other levels in vain, he came to the top level of wise men. They too had to put on the jacket and eat. They found a way out, and instead of eating, they fed each other and enjoyed the feast. Thus everyone

knew the trick and all enjoyed the feast.


Shri Shantananda Saraswati (1913 - 1997)


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