Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu monk and one of the most celebrated spiritual leaders of India. He was more than just a spiritual mind; he was a prolific thinker, great orator and passionate patriot.
When Swami Vivekananda went to England, in those days England had a lot of racial prejudice. This is before World War 2.
A white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely.
One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room when came along with his tray and sat next to the professor.
The professor said:
Mr Vivekanand , you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.
Vivekanand looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied:
You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away.
And he went and sat at another table.
Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge. The next day in Class he posed the following question:
Mr.Vivekanand , if you were walking down the street and you found some money on one side, and a book of wisdom on the other side, and you are given the option to choose one, which one will you choose?
Without hesitating, Vivekanand responded:
I will pick up the money, of course.
Mr. Peters , smiling sarcastically said:
I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom.
Swami Vivekanand shrugged and responded:
Sir, a person will pick up what he doesn’t have.
Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Swami Vivekananda’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Swami Vivekananda . Vivekanand took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk.
A few minutes later, Swami Vivekanand got up, went to the professor and told him in a dignified polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”
Disclaimer: The Source of the story is not verified, but taking into the account of time of occurrence and Swami Vivekananda’s knowledge the story seems true.