Once upon a time while Buddha was preaching to his disciples, a thief and a public woman came to listen to his discourse. When the sun set, Buddha said, “The sun has set” and stopped his discourse. The disciples begin to practise meditation. The thief understood him to mean that now that the sun has set, he could have full liberty for practising his nefarious profession. The woman also understood the remark as meaning that she could go and prepare to receive her visitors.
Author: Swami Sambuddhananda
Source: Vedanta Through Stories