Tag Archives: Sufi parable

A Servant in Baghdad

An ancient Sufi parable: A rich merchant in Baghdad sent his servant one day to the marketplace to buy food. But after a few minutes the servant returned looking panic-stricken. “Master!” he cried. “You must lend me your best horse immediately, so that I may flee to Damascus and thereby escape my fate.” “Whatever is […]

Life is an Empty Canvas…

I have heard an ancient Sufi parable: Two disciples of a great Master were walking in the garden of the Master’s house. They were allowed to walk every day, morning, evening. The walking was a kind of meditation, a walking meditation — just as Zen people do walking meditation. You cannot sit for twenty-four hours […]

Bundle of misery

There is a Sufi parable: A man used to call every night to God and he would pray the same prayer. Again and again he would ask, “Do one favor for me, at least one favor — and I have been asking my whole life. As far as I can see, I am the most […]