ENDURANCE TESTThree monks, having completed their long and rigorous training in a monastery, decided to test their power of endurance. After detailed analysis they selected the dirtiest place on earth - a filthy piggery - for their test. They decided to stay in the dirty pigsty, counting 1, 2, 3 etc. aloud to measure the time of stay. The one who could stay in the place for the maximum period would be declared to have acquired maximum endurance.
They entered the piggery and started counting -1, 2, 3, etc. At the count of 20, one of them rushed out, unable to bear the foul smell. The others continued counting - 21, 22, 23 etc. At count 50, the second person also jumped out of the piggery. The third person, now jubilant, continued to stay, counting 51, 52 etc. At the count of 100, there was a great commotion and all the pigs rushed out of the pigsty, unable to tolerate the monk who was more dirty and foul-smelling than the animals.
By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.This is Story No. 20 in this site. Please click ‘Older Post’ at the bottom of this page to read previous stories and click 'Newer Post' at the bottom of this page to read newer stories in this site. Please click on a word in the 'Story Themes' to read stories on that theme.