The Gerua Cloth

One day, when Swami Vivekananda was moving about in the city of Calcutta, an aristocratically dressed person accosted him and asked: "Why do you wear this gerua (ochre color) robe? Perhaps, you want to advertise that you have given up the world and renounced all desires. This exhibition is a sign of ego".


Swami Vivekananda laughed and said: "My dear friend! I have no such idea. I wear it because, seeing that I am a sannyasin, with no money, no beggar would approach me and bother me. I can walk about without being pestered. I have spiritual treasures with me, but no cash. When people come asking for them, I give".

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