Three robbers – by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Once, a man was going through a forest, when three robbers fell upon him and robbed him of all his possessions. One of the robbers said, “What’s the use of keeping this man alive?” So saying, he was about to kill him with his sword, when the second robber interrupted him, saying: ‘Oh, no! What is the use of killing him? Tie his hand and foot and leave him here.” The robbers bound his hands and feet and went away. After a while the third robber returned and said to the man: “Ah, I am sorry. Are you hurt? I will release you from your bonds.” After setting the man free, the thief said: “Come with me. I will take you to the public high way.” After a long time they reached the road. At this the man said: “Sir, you have been very good to me. Come with me to my house.” “Oh, no!” the robber replied. “I can’t go there. The police will know it.
“This world itself is the forest. The three robbers prowling here are Satva, Rajas, and Tamas. It is they that rob a man of the Knowledge of Truth. Tamas wants to destroy him.  Rajas bind him to the world.  But Satva rescues him from the clutches of rajas and tamas. Under the protection of Satva, man is rescued from anger, passion and other evil effects of tamas.  Further, Satva loosens the bonds of the world. But Satva also is a robber. It cannot give man the ultimate Knowledge of Truth, though it shows him the road leading to the Supreme Abode of God. Setting him on the path, Satva tells him: “Look yonder. There is your home.” Even Satva is far away from the knowledge of Brahman.

Source: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishn

11 Responses to Three robbers – by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

  1. jagadeesh.

    morale of this story is difficult to understand by a common man unless untill he knows what is tamas,rajas, and satva. . These stories are very much required for our future generation or mankind.

    Please add some more stories like this to highlight our hinduism.

  2. Gurunandan

    is this a book “Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna”? where do we get this?? i would love to learn some moral stories…

  3. admin

    Yes. You can find this even in Gospels of Sri Ramakrishna.
    You can get this from any Ramakrishna Ashram or any spiritual book centers like Vedanta book house, Vandana Book house etc.


  4. sruthi

    we should also be kind to others like that 3rd robber

  5. admin

    We need to be like that..
    But, thats not the end.
    You should go still further(Trigunaateeta) to attain Bliss..

  6. sj


    Thanks a lot for such postings of paramahamsa….. GOD BLESS ALL.


    nice story .om sri ramakrishnayanamaha

  8. Kumar Supravin

    Good illustrative story by the great Ramakrishna dev

  9. sapna

    This inspire us to think about ourselves. such a nice story. We required more

  10. Biswajit

    Excelent…!! & the ulitimate truth told by Master..!!!

  11. Ballem sudarsan

    Gurudev Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had told truth by such stories. we should learn a lot from their stories.

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