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lage. The villagers welcomed them in a very hospitable fashion and offered them different houses to stay. The villagers decided that three different families would serve them dinner. One Brahmin was served sweet noodles. He remembered from the scriptures, “Long tactics will surely take a man to destruction!” Thus he did not eat the food, and remained hungry throughout the night. Another Brahmin was served a bowl of frothy soup. He remembered from scriptures, “Whatever is frothy and distended does not last long!” Thus he also did not eat the food, and remained hungry throughout the night. The third Brahmin was served a tasty food with a hole in the middle. He remembered, “Defects are an imminent sign of approaching danger!” Thus he also did not eat the food, and remained hungry throughout the night. When the villagers came to know in the morning that the Brahmins had not eaten the dinners they had been served, they laughed and ridiculed them. Angrily, the three learned fools departed from the village. As they started their journey, the villagers went a long distance with them, all the time ridiculing, laughing, and mocking them on their way. * * * * As a wise man once said, “Empty knowledge brings ridicule.” We must apply sound reasoning to our knowledge, or else, like the four learned fools, we will find our knowledge leads us into nonsense instead of truth. One Brahmin was served sweet noodles. He remembered from the scriptures, “Long tactics will surely take a man to destruction!” Thus he did not eat the food, and remained hungry throughout the night. 48 | Loaves & Fishes • Issue 32


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