A brother, an ascetic who ate no bread, visited a great elder. There were other guest there, and the elder cooked a little food for them. When they sat down to eat, the brother who was an ascetic set for himself alone chickpeas softened by steeping and began eating [them]. When they got up, the elder took him aside and said to him, ‘Brother, when you visit somebody, do not make a show of your way of life. If you want to maintain your way of life, stay in your cell and do not come out at all.’ Convinced by the elder’s word, the brother began compromising when he met with brothers.

[8.27, THE BOOK OF THE ELDERS ]

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