How Often will a Shaven-headed Man Visit a Wood-apple Tree?




There was a man who kept his head clean-shaven. When he passed underneath a particular bael (wood-apple) tree, a bael- fruit fell on his head. The next day it happened again. Later, when he was walking with some friends and they approached that same tree, he left the group and made a wide circle around the tree, then rejoined his friends on the other side. His friends asked him why he did this, and his answer was, “How often will a shaven-headed man visit a wood-apple tree?”


The shaven-headed man represents an intelligent person, who after experiencing the ills of material existence, turns away from it and pursues Krsna consciousness.


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