The Love Poems

A lover visiting his beloved brought out the poems which he had written to her, and read them at length...

Different Every Time

Sufi master was visited by a perplexed Seeker-after-Truth, who said to him: 'I have only one question to ask...

Point of View

A man met another, who was handsome, intelligent and elegant. He asked him who he was...

Indirect Route

A man worked for many years, seeking ways to become famous. Eventually, when he had amassed...

Hearing

A visitor who had come from a far country said to Sufi Master: 'Let me sit in your durbar and...

The Baby Elephant

Once upon a time there was a baby elephant who heard someone say: "Look, there is a mouse...

What Is In It?

Once, a Sufi dervish was respected for his piety and appearance of virtue. Whenever anyone asked him how he...

Key to Happiness

Once, a very rich man was searching for real happiness and bliss. He had much money and he was ready...

Don't Count Your Chickens

Once upon a time there lived a man called Guman. Not being very rich, he had to go yearly...

The Meaning

A man who had spent many years trying to puzzle out the meaning of Truth went to a Sufi and told...

Finding Fault

In a Sheikh's empire, a Sufi faqir held long and frequent conversations in which he discoursed on every...

A Quarrel

One day Moulana when walking in a street heard two men engaged in fierce altercation, hurling vituperations...

The Son of a Camel

A man went to Muhammad and asked him for a camel. "I will give you the child of a camel," said...

The Knife

A wandering dervish ran to where a Sufi sat deep in contemplation, and said: "Quick! We must do...

Food and Pens

Once upon a time there was a student. He used to go everyday to sit at the feet of a Sufi teacher...

Fidelity

Najmaini ('the man of the two stars') dismissed a student with the words: "Your fidelity has been...