The Irreverent Devotee.

The Irreverent Devotee : A Raman Story

Tenali Raman prayed fervently to Goddess Kali.

And one day the goddess sporting a thousand faces appeared before him.

Rama was awed and was about to prostrate himself when a silly thought entered his head.

He looked at the goddess again and burst out laughing.

"Why are you laughing?" asked the goddess.

"Mother," replied Rama. "I have only one nose yet when I have a cold I suffer so much. I was wondering what would happen in case you caught a cold."

The goddess, pleased with his audacity and sense of humor, held out two crucibles of nectar to him.

"One is the nectar of wealth, the other is the nectar of wisdom," explained the goddess.

"Dip your finger in the crucible of your choice."

Rama immediately dipped his fingers in both crucibles.

The goddess hastily blessed him and disappeared.

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