Sa di

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Ch 02 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.