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June 8, 2010 / unveiledmirror

The Misanthropic Dervish

 

A man, tired and dispirited, weary with walking in the desert came at last to a place where lived a solitary dervish, and said to him: ‘O Dervish, how are things with you?’ The dervish replied: ‘Aren’t you ashamed to ask such a question when here I stay in a place so confined and shut in?’ The man said: ‘That isn’t true. How can you be shut in, living in this vast desert?’ The dervish added: ‘If the world were not so small, you never would have lighted on me!’

Excerpt from: The Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar; “Mantiq Ut-tair”

 

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