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Parable of the Day: Telling Reliable People from Dangerous Ones



A disciple asked his elder:

— How can I learn to tell reliable people from dangerous ones?

— First of all, I’m going to tell you who you should be wary of, — the Elder responded. — Beware the person who seems to be the most humble! If you see someone prostrating in front of you, hugging you and showing his affection, beware!

— Why, Father? — the disciple was surprised. — Please explain!

— That person will be the first to betray you! — the elder sighed.

— Who shall I trust then? — the disciple asked.

— Trust those who are candid and tell you the truth whatever it might be. Those people will be the first to help you!


Translated by The Catalog of Good Deeds 

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