A story is told in India of an Afghan soldier, who was once travelling with a Brahman. The Brahman, who was a mild and harmless man, careful not to injure the smallest of God’s creation, was repeating to himself the word daya, which means «kindness».
The Afghan, who was a warrior and understood only the rough side of life, asked him what the word meant. The Brahman explained that the word…
Moses once passed by a farm and saw a peasant boy talking to himself, saying, «O Lord, Thou art so good and kind that I feel if Thou wert here by me I would take good care of Thee, more than of all my sheep, more than of all my fowls. In the rain I would keep Thee under the roof of my grass shed; when it was cold I would cover Thee with my blanket; and in the heat of the sun I would take Thee to bathe…
In ancient times there used to exist communities of robbers, who considered themselves entitled to rob the caravans passing through their territory.
Their morals and principles were such that if one of their victims said, «All I possess I will give you, if you will only let me go,» they would say, «No, I wish to see the blood of your hand.» They did not let him go without hurting him.
There is a story told in the East of an enthusiastic servant. The master had a headache, and he told the servant to go and fetch some medicine from the chemist. The servant thought it would not be sufficient only to fetch medicine from the chemist, so he also made an appointment with the doctor, and on his way home he visited the undertaker.
The master asked, «Why are you so late?»
In the life of Bullah Shah, the great saint of Punjab, one reads a most instructive account of his early training, when he was sent to school with boys of his own age. The teacher taught him alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. The other boys in his class finished the whole alphabet while he was mastering the same letter. When weeks had passed, and the teacher saw that the child did not…
The Holy Prophet Muhammad was once requested by an aged woman to speak to her son, who spent all his daily wages on dates, leaving her penniless. The Prophet promised to do so after five weeks« interval.
On the appointed day the boy was brought before the Prophet, who spoke to him very kindly, saying, “You are such a sensible lad that you ought to remember that your mother has endured much…
The legend of the dance of Krishna with a thousand gopis tells that he was beloved of all who knew him. In his village, high and low, young and old held him in their hearts with admiration and friendship.
And each peasant girl, each gopi who saw the divine youth hoped that it would be with her that he would dance. And so one asked him, and another, and another, and to each he gave his promise.…
There is a story of Tansen, the great musician at the court of Akbar.
The emperor asked him, «Tell me, O great musician, who was your teacher?»
He replied, «Your Majesty, my teacher is a very great musician, but more than that. I cannot call him “musician”; I must call him “music”.»
The emperor asked, «Can I hear him sing?»
Tansen answered, «Perhaps, I may try.…
Once a dervish came to Sikander, the great king, with the bowl of a beggar, and asked Sikander if he could fill the bowl.
Sikander looked at him and said, «What is he asking of an emperor like me? To fill this little bowl?» He said immediately, «Yes.»
But the bowl was a magic bowl. Hundreds and thousands and millions were poured into it, but it would not fill; it always remained…
Sarmad, a great Sufi saint who lived in Gwalior, was asked by the emperor Aurangzeb to attend the mosque. For it was against the rules of the time that anyone keep away from the regular prayers which took place in the mosque of the state.
Sarmad, being a man of ecstasy, living every moment of his day and night in union with God, being himself, perhaps forgot or refused. A certain time of prayer…