Gulistan of Saadi
The Morals of Dervishes
A company of vagabonds met a dervish, spoke insulting words to him, struck him and otherwise
molested him; whereon he complained to his superior and explained the case. The pir replied: ‘My
son, the patched frock of dervishes is the garment of resignation and who, wearing it, cannot bear
injuries is a pretender not entitled to the frock.’
A large river will not become turbid from stones.
The Arif who feels aggrieved is shallow water yet.
If he injures thee, bear it
Because pardon will purify thee from sin.
O brother, as the end is dust, be dust before thou art
turned into dust.