A famous guru lived in India. He managed to gather a good number of followers, and spread his wisdom generously. When he reached middle age, he contracted malaria, but religiously continued to fulfill his ritual: bathing in the morning, giving classes at mid-day, and praying in the temple during the afternoon.
When fever and the tremors prevented him from concentrating, he took off the upper part of his garments and tossed them in a corner. His power was such that the clothes continued to tremble – while he, free from any contractions, was able to say his prayers in peace.
When he finished, he put on his clothes again, and the symptoms returned. “Why don’t you give up those clothes once and for all, and get rid of the sickness?”, asked a journalist who saw the miracle. “It is already a blessing to be able to cast off the unwanted so that I can do calmly what I have to do,” answered the man. “The rest is part of life; it would be cowardly not to accept it.”