One day while in school, Vivekananda was talking animatedly to his friends during a class recess. Meanwhile, the teacher had entered the classroom and had begun to teach his subject. But the students were too absorbed in Vivekananda’s story to pay any attention to the lesson.
After some time had passed, the teacher heard the whispering and understood what was going on! Visibly annoyed, he now asked each student what he had been lecturing on.
None could answer. But Vivekananda was remarkably talented; his mind could work simultaneously on two planes. While he had engaged one part of his mind in talking, he had kept the other half on the lesson. So when the teacher asked him that question, he answered correctly.
Quite nonplussed, the teacher inquired who had been talking so long. Everybody pointed at Vivekananda, but the teacher refused to believe them. He then asked all the students except Vivekananda to stand up on the bench.
Vivekananda also joined his friends and stood up. The teacher asked him to sit down. But Vivekananda replied: ‘No sir, I must also stand up because it was I who was talking to them.’