Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sufi Master on - Can I see God?

A Short story of a Sufi Master who was asked can you help me to see God?

On the top of the mountain, lived a Sufi Master. Once every month he used to visit the village at the foot of the mountain. On one such visit, A man approached him and asked, How come I cannot have sight of the God? Can you help me to see God?

"Sure", was the reply of the Sufi Master, but for that you will have to help me.

"What help do you need Master?"

"You will have to pick up five stones of equal size and weight. Carry them to the top of the mountain, so that I can use them to build a platform outside my hut."

The seeker agreed. Both started there journey way up on the mountain. Soon the man got tired and walking became a very difficult task for him.

"Discard one of the stones", the Sufi Master told, "then it will be easier for you."

The man discarded one of the stone and walking became easier. Once again the man got tired. Walking towards the mountain top was becoming very tough. The master again asked him to discard one of the stone. Likewise all five stones were discarded on the to the top of the mountain.

The Sufi Master then said to the man, "Now I have shown you the way to God."

The man was perplexed. He said, "I cannot see God."

The Master explained, "The five stones symbolize the our major weaknesses to see God. They are Lust, Anger, Greed, Desires and Ego. Learn to discard these. Let me be the first one to warn you, it will not be easy. Strive hard, I shall help you. When all you succeed in throwing away all these stones which are but curtains between you and God. Then effortlessly you will have sight of your beloved God."

Thus the man began his journey on the Sufi Path under a Sufi Master.

Other Short stories that might be of your interest

A Sufi Story Lover Attribute
Rumi - Love for God
Nasruddin trying to fill pitcher
A Sufi anecdote from Meher Baba's God Speaks
Has my beloved (God) escaped from my heart?
The counterfeit coin A moral story
Sri Ramakrishna's state of mind

Monday, March 26, 2012

A short story on selflessness

Once a certain rich man decided to donate all his material wealth, among the poor and needy. He prayed to God, "Allah, I want to donate and distribute all my wealth among the poor and needy. I want to do it in such a way that nobody in the world should know about it."

As soon as he ended his prayer, he herd a divine voice. "If while you donate and distribute your wealth, your are totally absent. Then let the whole world know about it, it won't make any difference. However whilst  while doing so, even if an iota of you is present, then it is best that you don't distribute your wealth for no credit will accure from that act. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A very Short Moral Story - false pride - vanity

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This short story is a part of - Short Stories by Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

A frog had a rupee coin (Indian Currency), which he kept in his hole (home).

Once an elephant happened to pass over the hole. The frog instantly lost his cool. He jumped out of his hole, raising his leg as if to kick of the elephant. He screamed, "How dare you walk over my home and me?"

This one is a real short story told by Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsha, pointing towards the false pride anger and strength money can bring about in mind.

See more - Short Stories by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Parable on anger by Shri Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

God Dwells everywhere but?

Short story about faith

Satisfy yourself first

Sri Ramakrishna Parmahamsha and gold-embroidered robe

Go Forward there is more

Sri Ramakrishna slaps Rani Rasmani

A very short parable on faith

Don't be afraid - Have faith

God is our very own

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Special privilege - A very short spiritual story

At night in the privacy, all alone with Prophet Muhammad, Abu Bakkar while pressing the feet of his beloved Prophet would keep kissing His feet.

"You have all opportunity to kiss my face", said Prophet Muhammad. "Then why do you keep kissing my Feet?"

Abu Bakkar replied, "Your divine face is available to all to behold whereas in the privacy of this room, i alone can behold your Lotus Feet."

He continued, " So i enjoy this special privilege you have given me."

Friday, November 11, 2011

The appropriate resting place

A Sufi saint Shaikh Abdul Fazal on his death bed inquired to his disciples, if proper arrangements have been made for the burial of his body. On getting the answer in affirmation, the master asked where exactly the burial place was?

The disciples replied that it was reserved in the burial ground for the dignitaries and those with higher social status.

To this Abdul Fazal replied, "Lay me in the burial place reserved up the hill, for the criminals and those considered low in society."

When asked, "Why?"

The Master replied, "Because it is there that Love, Compassion, Mercy, Grace of my beloved is most concentrated, for these unfortunate ones, needs His attention most. I too want to share of my beloved's love and kindness. So make sure that, I am laid to rest up on the hill.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Counterfeit coin - A devotee attitude

This is a very good short story, an inspiring one for those on the devotional and spiritual path.

Once there lived a devotee. His prime concern of life was to remember his spiritual Master and be one with his love. For survival of body and providence for necessities of life, he sold vegetables.

With he love for his master in his heart and mind, and a basketful of vegetables, every day he visited the market. Knowing his guile nature, people used to cheat him. Everyday some people would give him counterfeit coins to buy vegetables. Some would even come the next day for exchange of the false coins they had, saying, "Yesterday you gave us this false coin, please exchange for the real one."

The devotee without a complain in heart would accept the counterfeit coins.

Time passed thus. His body became old and the end of physical life approached. The devotee sat for his final prayer, "Dear beloved, throughout my life I have accepted counterfeit and bogus coins from one and all, never once rejecting or refusing the same. Oh Beloved! Time has come that this counterfeit coin reaches your divine presence. You too, likewise do not reject the useless coin. Kindly accept the same and give it shelter at Your lotus feet."

Needless to say, the Lord accept him under the showering Love.

A sufi story - A lover's attribute.

Baha-ud-din - Naqshabandh was asked to describe attributes of the lover of God. Bahauddin answered, "Once I was standing by the banks of river and beholding the fast flowing waters. I said to the river, Limitless are your blessings in God's creation. You provide water to the humans, to God's kingdom of vegetation, worms and insects, His kingdom of fishes, birds and animals. You provide water for agriculture, industries. Truly, we have no words to express our gratitude."

The river answered, "All I know is that I am eagerly rushing forward to merge with the ocean and be one with it. All that you just said is news to me. My one concern is how soon could I be one with the ocean."

Bahauddin then said, "These are the attributes of the lover of God. His one and only concern is to be united with his beloved. If in the process he becomes the focal point from where God showers his blessings, on one and all. The lover is not aware of it.

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