Gulistan of Saadi | The Morals of Dervishes | Story 47

Gulistan of Saadi | The Morals of Dervishes | Story 47

Gulistan of Saadi

The Morals of Dervishes

 Story 47

 

A padshah was casting a glanced of contempt upon a company of dervishes and one of them,
understanding by his sagacity the meaning of it, said: ‘O king, in this world we are inferior to thee in
dignity but more happy in life. In death we are equal and in the resurrection superior to thee.’

Though the master of a country may have enjoyment
And the dervish may be in need of bread
In that hour when both of them will die
They will take from the world not more than a shroud.
When thou takest thy departure from the realm
It will be better to be a mendicant than a padshah.

Externally the dervish shows a patched robe and a shaved head but in reality his heart is living and his
lust dead.

He does not sit at the door of pretence away from people
To fight against them if they oppose him
Because when a millstone rolls from a mountain
He is not an A’rif who gets out of the way of the stone.

The way of dervishes is praying, gratitude, service, obedience, almsgiving, contentment, professing
the unity of God, trust, submission and patience. Whoever possesses these qualities is really a dervish,
although he may wear an elegant robe, whereas a prattler who neglects his orisons, is luxurious,
sensual, turns day into night in the bondage of lust, and night into day in the sleep of carelessness, eats
whatever he gets, and speaks whatever comes upon his tongue, is a profligate, although he may wear
the habit of a dervish.

O thou whose interior is denuded of piety
But wearest outwardly the garb of hypocrisy
Do not display a curtain of seven colours.
Thou hast reed mats inside thy house.

 

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