Category: Sufi stories

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The water of Paradise

  Throughout their nomadic life, Harith the Bedouin and his wife Nafisa used to plant their worn tent where they could find some date palms, some withered twigs for their camel, or a pool...

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“The Assistant of the Cook”

A certain famous, well-liked and influential merchant came to Bahaudin Naqshband. He said, in open assembly: ‘I have come to offer my submission to you and to your teaching, and beg you to accept...

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The Magician

  Gurdjieff used to tell a parable…. There was a magician who was also a shepherd. He had thousands of sheep to look after and he was a very miserly man so he didn’t...

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The needle and the scissors

It is reported in the life of a great Sufi mystic, Farid, that a king came to see him. He had brought a present for him: a beautiful pair of scissors, golden, studded with...

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Come in

One day Rabia is sitting inside her hut. It is early morning, and Hasan comes to see her. And the sun is rising and the birds are singing and the trees are dancing. It...

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The Heart Donkey

There was a man in Turkey who was travelling with his favourite donkey, a faithful companion for years and an animal very close to his heart. At the end of a hard day on...

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The bird in the cage

A merchant was keeping a bird in a cage. Having to travel to India, the original country of the bird, he asked the bird if he wanted him to bring something back from that...

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Nuri Bey

Nuri Bey was a reflective and respected man, who had married a wife much younger than himself. One evening when he had returned home earlier than usual, a faithful servant came to him and...

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The three fish

This is a story of the lake and the three big fish that were in it, one of them intelligent, another half-intelligent, and the third, stupid. Some fisherman came to the edge of the...

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The bread and the dervish

As three travelers, two scholars and a dervish, crossed the mountains of the Himalaya, they discussed the importance of putting into practice everything they had learned on a spiritual plane. They we so engrossed...