The Perfect Master Vol 2 ~ 09

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event type discourse
date & time 9 Jul 1978 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
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shorttitle PERF209
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
It is related that the Sufi master, Ibrahim ben Adam, was sitting one day in a forest clearing when two wandering dervishes approached him. He made them welcome, and they talked of spiritual matters until it was dusk.
As soon as night fell, Ibrahim invited the travellers to be his guests at a meal. Immediately they accepted, a table laid with the finest of foods appeared before their eyes.
"How long have you been a dervish?" one of them asked Ibrahim. "Two years," he said.
"I have been following the Sufi path for nearly three decades and no such capacity as you have shown us has ever manifested itself to me," said the man.
Ibrahim said nothing.
When the food was almost finished, a stranger in a green robe entered the glade. He sat down and shared some of the food.
All realized by an inner sense that this was Khidr, the immortal guide of all the Sufis. They waited for him to impart some wisdom to them.
When he stood up to leave, Khidr simply said, "You two dervishes wonder about Ibrahim. But what have you renounced to follow the dervish path?
You gave up the expectations of security and an ordinary life. Ibrahim ben Adam was a mighty king, and threw away the sovereignty of the Sultanate of Balkh to become a Sufi. This is why he is far ahead of you. During your thirty years too, you have gained satisfactions through renunciation itself. This has been your payment. He has always abstained from claiming any payment for his sacrifice."
And the next moment Khidr was gone.


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