The Perfect Master Vol 2 ~ 03

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event type discourse
date & time 3 Jul 1978 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 47min. Quality: good.
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shorttitle PERF203
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
A certain Sufi teacher was explaining how a false Sufi had been unmasked. "A real Sufi sent one of his disciples to serve him. The disciple waited on the imposter hand and foot, day and night. Presently everyone began to see how the fraud loved these attentions, and people deserted him until he was completely alone."
One of the listeners to this story said to himself, "What a marvellous idea! I shall go away and do just the same thing."
He went to where a bogus divine was to be found, and passionately desired to be enrolled as a disciple. After three years, such was his devotion that hundreds of devotees had collected. "This sage must indeed be a great man," they said to one another, "to inspire such loyalty and self-sacrifice in his disciple."
So the man went back to the Sufi from whom he had heard the story and explained what had happened. "Your tales are not reliable," he said "because when I tried to put one into practice, the reverse happened."
"Alas," said the Sufi, "there was only one thing wrong with your attempt to apply Sufi methods. You were not a Sufi."


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