Many years ago, there was a Saint named Mokshathanandha lived in the Koorjara village. He belongs to Parivarjaha Paramahamsa generation. As per its principles, he will not stay in one place for longer time. Though, he physically revolves around the world, his pure heart always remains with God’s residence. So, the place where he was residing and the people he met, will not be stored in his memory. Wherever he goes, he used to treat the world with his blessings, without knowing him. Whoever approaches him, he used to preach them wisdom, faith and purity. He may speak or may not speak, it all depends upon the honesty of the person who approaches him.
Despite of his such behavior, once a young guy who is intelligent and detached from the world by his thoughts, got a chance to meet Mokshathanandha. Like a pin attracted by magnet, he was attracted by that Saint. Without knowing him, his mind was fully occupied by that Saint. He started, “Dear Saint, influence me and bless by feeding soul wisdom”. The Saint deeply looks the young guy, his grace makes the young guy happy. “You should know about you, in the matter of spirituality, will a nurtured child prosper?” Saint questioned him. The intelligent guy was not sure about the answer. From then, he started following the Saint without any second thought. Many days passed. Saint’s preaching’s helps the young guy a lot to attain the wisdom. So, he gets matured fast enough day by day.
One night, the Saint and the young guy are staying in a Tavern. Silence occupied everywhere. The entire world was at rest, it’s time for yogi’s and thieves to do their respective profession. Mokshathanandha usually will sleep less. His follower young guy also stayed awake. Within few minutes, from a residence in the neighborhood, there was a conversation started between a thief and his son.
Son: – Daddy, I reached certain age. But, you still didn’t teach me about theft which is our native profession.
Dad: – If you have interest, you will learn by yourself.
Son: – In our opposite house, you know how Raman’s mother teaching Raman about their native profession.
Dad: – After Raman’s birth, his father passed away, his mother became a widow. She will make her son bad with her infinite affection towards him. Apart, nurtured child never prospers.
All these conversations are deeply registered in young guy’s mind. Earlier, the Saint taught him the same for worthy cause. But, now the same works for bad cause too!
Hence, Son wanted to do theft at least once along with his dad. As per his son’s wish, the thief has agreed to take him the same day for theft and even promised him that he will teach the profession by the same day itself. Now, the young guy was curious to know what was going to happen next, by seeing Mokshathanandha. Saint also permits him to follow the thief and his son.
Note: This story was taken from the Tamil book ‘Deva Ragasiyam’ written by Sri Swami Sithpavanandhar. Now, I just translated this in English. This is my first try. Please forgive the flaws.