One old man to another

At the check-in counter in the Delhi airport, I was carrying two very small handbags. One of them was smaller than the smallest.

There was a very long line. When I finally got to the head of the line, the man asked me where was the tag for my little grey bag.

“For such a tiny one you need a tag?” I asked him.

“Yes, you need it,” he said. So he sent me back to get a tag.

When I came back to the line, I said to the man who was second in line, “Perhaps you saw me earlier. I was already at the head of the line.”

“Yes, I saw you,” he said. “And even if you had not been here before, I would have allowed you to enter the line because you are an old man.”

I think he was about my age.

— 30 September 1984

Sri Chinmoy, The world-experience-tree-climber, part 3.First published by Agni Press in 1993.

This is the 748th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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