Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Teacher and the Dog

A Sufi teacher, walking along a road with a student, was assailed by a ferocious dog.

The disciple was furious and cried out:

‘How dare you approach my master in such a manner?’

‘He is more consistent than you are,’ said the Sage, ‘for he barks at anyone, in accordance with his habit and proclivities; while you regard me as your master and are wholly insensitive to the merits of the many illuminates whom we have already passed on this journey, dismissing them without a second glance.’

From: The Way of the Sufi, by Idries Shah.

1 comment:

Ian Lidster said...

There is much wisdom here, my friend. I liked the tale and I like learning about the mores and philosophies of India as you explain them.

cheers, Ian