Dean the hermit took two vows as the first steps in ascetic practice. The first is not to harm any living creature, and the second is not to tell a lie.
Once, when he was meditating in a dense forest under a tree, asking God to help him firmly follow these two vows, he saw a beautiful deer fleeing from hunters in fear. After a few seconds, the hunters appeared. They asked the hermit if he had seen where the deer had run. The poor sadhu was at a loss. If he says that he saw a deer hiding in the bushes, the hunters will catch him and kill him. And that would be a violation of his first vow. And if he says that he does not know where the deer is, then he will break his second vow. After a little thought, the sadhu said:
– The eye that sees cannot speak. The language that speaks cannot see. I cannot force the eye to speak and the tongue to see.
The hunters, realizing that they would not get any sense out of him, ran on.