Tag Archives: sufi

The Holy Shadow

Let me tell you one very famous Sufi story, “The Holy Shadow.” There once lived a saint so good that the angels came from heaven to see how a man could be so godly. This saint went about his daily life diffusing virtue as the stars diffuse light and the flowers scent, without being aware […]

Poor Man’s Hut

The man who learns the art of sharing is the richest man in the world. He may be poor, but his inner being has a quality of richness that even emperors may feel jealous of. I have always loved a small Sufi story: A poor man, very poor, a woodcutter, lived in the forest in […]

The Man with the inexplicable life

There was once a man named Mojud. He lived in a town where he had obtained a post as a small official, and it seemed likely that he would end his days as Inspector of weights and measures. One day when he was walking through the gardens of an ancient building near his home, Khidr, […]

The Wisdom of the Sands

A stream, from its source in far-off mountains, passing through every kind and description of countryside, at last reached the sands of the desert. just as it had crossed every other barrier, the stream tried to cross this one, but it found as it ran into the sand, its waters disappeared. It was convinced, however, […]

I am a tourist here

An American tourist went to see a Sufi Master. For many years he had heard about him, had fallen in deep love with his words, his message. Finally he decided to go to see him. When he entered his room he was surprised — it was an utterly empty room! The Master was sitting; there […]

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 […]

Chishti and Music

I have heard a story. It happened in Ajmer… You must have heard about one Sufi mystic, Moinuddin Chishti, whose dargah, whose tomb, is in Ajmer. Chishti was a great mystic, one of the greatest ever born, and he was a musician. To be a musician is to be against Islam because music is prohibited. […]