Alexander the Great and Sadhu dialogue via translator in India
From Red Earth and Pouring Rain by Vikram Chandra
|Translator:||He wants to know why you're naked.
|Sadhu:||Ask him why he's wearing clothes.|
|Translator:||He says he's asking the questions here.|
|Sadhu:||Questions give birth only to other questions.|
|Translator:||He says people who get funny with him get executed.|
|Translator:||Because he's the King of kings. And he wants you to stop asking questions.|
|Sadhu:||King of kings?|
|Translator:||He came all the way from a place called Greece, killing other kings, so he's the
King of kings, see.
|Sadhu:||Fool of fools. Master-Clown of clowns. Maha-idiot of idiots.|
|Translator:||You want me to tell him that?|
|Sadhu:||I said it, didn't I?|
|Translator:||You're crazier than he is. He says he'll kill you. Right here, right now.|
|Sadhu:||I'll have to die someday.|
|Translator:||Listen, don't do this. He's demented, he doesn't realize who you are, he thinks
naked people are poor savages. He'll really kill you.
|Sadhu:||I'll really have to die someday.|
|Translator:||He wants to know why you aren't scared of dying.|
|Sadhu:||That'd be silly.|
|Translator:||He says that's not a satisfactory answer.|
|Sadhu:||What sort of answer would he like?|
|Translator:||He says you should tell him exactly what mystic path you followed to reach this
sublime state of indifference. And he wishes you would stop asking questions.
Really, this is incredible, I think you've got him hooked.
|Translator:||Mystic path. Literal translation.|
|Sadhu:||When I feel like shitting, I shit; when I feel like eating, I eat.|