So the man remained the savior, became very famous – a great savior – for the simple reason that nobody was ready to follow him immediately.
But in one city there was trouble. One young man, who was always a troublemaker, stood up and said, “I am coming.”
The savior looked at him and felt that now there was trouble. He himself had no idea what saving means – but one has to save one’s face. He said, “My son, come on.”
He said, “I am coming, and I will follow you till my last breath.” And he was young and very healthy – a wrestler-type – and the savior was getting old. Days started passing, and the savior could not sleep because the worry…and the man would sleep soundly, snoring loudly. He had given all the responsibility to the man, the old man. Moons rose, moon after moon, month after month.
The old man became almost insane, because this young man was continuously following him like a shadow. He could not even preach because now he was afraid – this man was spreading the word to people that “For four years I have been following this fellow; he has not saved me yet. So be ready, it is a long journey.”
The old man said to him, “You are my follower, you should not say such things.”
He said, “I am not saying any lie. Four years have passed – nothing has happened; just you have become almost twenty years older in four years. That old freshness, that old joy of being a savior and a great man, all have disappeared. But I am going to follow you till my last breath!”
The old man said, “You are thinking about your last breath – before that I will be finished!”
Six years passed. The old man was almost a skeleton; just worries. Just seeing this man almost twenty-four hours a day was such a heavy load that finally he had a nervous breakdown. The young man served him, brought him back to his senses, and said, “What happened? You were going to save me, and you are drowning.”
The old man said, “Just forgive me. I am not a savior, and I don’t know at all what this business means. It is just that I was unemployed and this business of being a savior needs no qualifications. I tried, and I was successful because nobody followed. You destroyed my whole business – you killed me! You are such a stubborn fellow. I was thinking that you would go away after one year, two years, three years; but you are such an adamant person that six years have passed. Now it is certain – unless I die, you cannot leave.