The Dog, the Stick and the Sufi

A man dressed as a Sufi was walking along one day when he saw a dog on the road, which he struck hard with his staff. The dog, yelping with pain, ran to the great sage Abu-Said. Throwing himself at his feet and holding up his injured paw, he called for justice against the Sufi who had maltreated him so cruelly.

The wise one called them together. To the Sufi, he said: “O heedless one! How is it possible for you to treat a dumb animal in this manner? Look at what you have done!”

The Sufi answered: “Far from its being my fault, it is that of the dog. I did not strike him from a mere whim, but for the reason that he had fouled my robe.”

But the dog persisted in his complaint.

Then the peerless one addressed the dog: “Rather than waiting for the Ultimate Compensation, allow me to give you a compensation for your pain.”

The dog said: “Great and wise done! When I saw this man garbed as a Sufi, I was able to conclude that he would do me no harm. Had I seen instead a man wearing ordinary dress, I would naturally have given him a wide berth. My real mistake was to assume that the outward appearance of a man of truth indicated safety. If you desire his punishment, take away from him the garment of the Elect. Deprive him of the costume of the People of Righteousness…”

Reflection Questions

  • When in your life have you been deceived by another person’s appearance?
  • What happened as a result of your incorrect assumption?
  • Why did you make that assumption?
  • If you made no assumptions about that person, how might your interaction with that person have been different?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this story.

A Single Glass of Water

Just after finishing dinner, with a quick swipe, the teacher intentionally knocked his glass of water onto the floor. Glass shattered everywhere, yet he remained calm.

Meanwhile, his student, Raha, became noticeably upset. With similar upset, an employee begrudgingly began to clean up the water and broken glass. Almost everybody in the restaurant was upset, except for the teacher.

While attempting to hide her anger, Raha asked: “Why did you do that?”

Her teacher replied, “What I do is far less important than what you do. Perhaps it might be more interesting to ask yourself why you feel the way you do right now.”

These words affected Raha so deeply that she was immediately moved to action. Raha helped the employee clean up the mess, and the more Raha helped, the less anger she felt. And the more the teacher watched, the more his eyes filled with tears.

After a few minutes, just as the table and floor had become clean, so had Raha’s heart. With immense gratitude, Raha bowed slightly to her teacher and then walked out the door.

What remained was no longer just a teacher, but rather, also a student once again seeking the Truth.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this story. I wish for you a wonderful day!

Just after finishing dinner, with a quick swipe, the teacher intentionally knocked his glass of water onto the floor. Glass shattered everywhere, yet he remained calm.

Meanwhile, his student, Raha, became noticeably upset. With similar upset, an employee begrudgingly began to clean up the water and broken glass. Almost everybody in the restaurant was upset, except for the teacher.

While attempting to hide her anger, Raha asked: “Why did you do that?”

Her teacher replied, “What I do is far less important than what you do. Perhaps it might be more interesting to ask yourself why you feel the way you do right now.”

These words affected Raha so deeply that she was immediately moved to action. Raha helped the employee clean up the mess, and the more Raha helped, the less anger she felt. And the more the teacher watched, the more his eyes filled with tears.

After a few minutes, just as the table and floor had become clean, so had Raha’s heart. With immense gratitude, Raha bowed slightly to her teacher and then walked out the door.

What remained was no longer just a teacher, but rather, also a student once again seeking the Truth.

Stuck In An Abusive Relationship

A lady goes to work at a large department store and she’s friends with somebody in a another department who she doesn’t know very well, but is drawn to her. You know how you can just meet somebody and like them immediately. But over a short period of time this one lady begins to notice that the other lady is getting more and more solemn and depressed.

And finally, even though they have never really spoken, she walks over and says “Hi. I’m Ruth and we smile at each other from time to time. I hope I’m not prying into your life, but I could tell that something is wrong. Would you mind sharing it with me? Maybe it would be better if we talked about it.”

“Yeah, I’ll tell you what the deal is. I’m stuck in an abusive relationship.”

“Oh,” Ruth says, “listen to me. Don’t you put up with it for one second. Don’t you stay in any abusive relationship. No matter what, don’t you stick with it.”

“No, I don’t think you understand,” says the other lady. “You see, I live all by myself. And there’s nobody else in my life but me.”

This story was written by the best-selling author, Guy Finley.

PROMISE

I will love you with all my heart,
To have forever – never to part.
This is a promise engrained in me,
Take my hand and let it be.
I will go to the ends of the earth if that is what you need,
Just say yes and let your soul take the lead.
This is a promise at the core of me,
Kiss my lips and let this be.
I will wipe your tears with no questions asked,
No more will your feelings be masked.
This is a promise I make to you,
Look into my eyes and follow through.
I will know how to hold you just by the look in your eye,
I will never forget – not even on the day that I die.
This is a promise of my passion for you,
smile at me and make it true.
I will support you even when I cannot support myself anymore,
I will dig deeper and find the hidden strength at my inner core.
This promise means I sacrifice all of me for you,
Understand this- and make our lives anew.
I will love you with everything so deep inside,
And to only you – this gift I shall confide.
This is a promise so incredibly real,
kiss me my love and you shall feel.

A True Friend

A true friend is the one who picks you up when you fall
A true friend is one that won’t lie
A true friend is there when you call
A true friend is there when you want to die
A true friend knows just what to say
A true friend won’t care what other people think
A true friend will help you find your way
A true friend will make sure you don’t sink
A true friend will help you choose your path
A true friend will know when something is wrong
A true friend has to sometimes face your wrath
A true friend makes you feel like you belong
A true friend is a real best friend.