Parable Of The Two Travelers – Swami Sivananda

Two men were travelling along a village road. One man gave out a cry, caught hold of his foot and sat down. He was in pain. A big thorn had entered his foot. He was unable even to lift it.
The other man went ahead and then began shouting at the former: “You fool, it is getting late. If you don’t come running, we shall not reach the destination before nightfall.” The other man replied: “No, my friend; I cannot move an inch forward till this thorn is removed”. “Why are you making such fuss on the way? Come on, get up; or, I will go away,” and the friend went a furlong farther. He too had trodden over a thorn and writhing in pain sat down. As even a touch aggravated the pain, they were not able to remove the thorns themselves.There they were suffering the same agony, but separated from each other by unkindness; unable to help each other! Till a third traveler came along and removed the thorns from their foot, they lay down there. The third man came and removed the thorns and said to them: “Friends, they jest at scars that never felt a wound. If you have removed the thorn in the other man, when he had one in his foot, he would have accompanied you,and when you had the thorn in your foot he would have helped you. Thus would you march rapidly towards the goal, not by ignoring each other’s pain.”

Similarly, a hard-hearted man, when he finds a fellow-traveler on this thorny and rugged path called life, stricken with pain and penury, laughs at him and goes his way. The nature of life
itself is such that he, too, is soon stricken by the same kind of pain and penury. Beyond the reach of all help, this hard-hearted man also suffers. There comes a sage of supreme  wisdom, who has the consciousness of Unity, and relieves them of their misery, and in the hearts of both implants the seed of love. He says: “”O man, pain exists in the other man only in order to give you an opportunity to serve him and relieve him of his misery. Thus, serving each other, would you evolve rapidly and proceed to your destination. You may laugh at the other man’s misery and say it is his Karma; but soon you might find yourself in the same condition. Understand the nature of the world. Serve all. Love all. Realize the Self in all.””


2 Responses to Parable Of The Two Travelers – Swami Sivananda

  1. r padma

    very good story required badaly in currrent period
    thank you
    with regards

  2. nasa

    Both first and second travelers are sufferers. If the story is set that the third traveler helps the first one and in turn the first one helps the second, it would end with an message ‘ a friend in need is a friend indeed’

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