On his way back, as Eknath crossed the house, Roop, who was waiting on the terrace, spat right on his head. But to Roop’s surprise, Eknath did not even look up to see what had fallen on him but simply turned and went back to the river and bathed again. When Eknath crossed the house a second time, Roop spat on him again. Eknath’s reaction, the second time was no different. He once again simply returned to the river to clean himself. But Roop did not give up. He continued to spit on Eknath a third, fourth, fifth, sixth time, but Eknath never got angry or even looked up to see who was messing with him. He would simply and quietly return to the river to bathe. Roop too was persistent and this exercise went on for hours together. Finally, after over many attempts of constant chewing and spitting, Roop’s jaws began to hurt. He became very tired. But Eknath, on the other hand, was calm all along even though he had had to bathe repeatedly over a hundred times. Roop was amazed at Eknath’s patience and forbearance and felt ashamed at his mean act. He ran down, fell at Eknath’s feet and begged for forgiveness. Eknath simply smiled at Roop and blessed him. Roop asked, ‘Swami, you did not get angry at all at what I did. How is this possible?”. Eknath smiled and said, “You were determined in trying to harass me and so I was determined to not get annoyed. How can this surprise you? You know you can do something if you apply your mind to it. You showed it yourself by spitting on me several times. You did not give up. In the same way, I did not give up”. Eknath then continued, “But let me tell you something more important. After my bath in the holy Godhavai, I go home and worship my deities. The dirt on my body can be washed away after a bath. But if I lose my temper, my mind would become impure. How can I then purify it? Even bathing in the holy river cannot purify my mind. What is the use of worshipping God with a mind that has been dirtied with anger”. Roop understood the greatness of Eknath and apologised to him again.