A troubled mother took her daughter to see Mohandas Gandhi, who was world-renowned for his great spiritual discipline. It seems the young girl had become addicted to eating sweets, and her mother wanted Gandhi to speak to her about this harmful habit and convince her to drop it. Upon hearing this request, Gandhi paused in silence and then told the mother, "Bring the girl back to me in three weeks and I will speak to her then."
Just as she was instructed, the mother returned with her
daughter, and Gandhi, as he had promised, spoke to the girl about
the detrimental effects of eating too many sweets. He
counseled her to give them up.
The mother gratefully thanked Gandhi, but was perplexed.
"Why," she asked him, "did you not speak to my
daughter when we first came to you?"
"My good woman," Gandhi replied, "three weeks
ago I myself was still addicted to sweets!"