<html> <head> <title>Khorasan, land of the sun .1'3'F  312EF .H14/</title/> </head> <STYLE>BODY {SCROLLBAR-FACE-COLOR: brown; SCROLLBAR-HIGHLIGHT-COLOR: black; SCROLLBAR-3DLIGHT-COLOR: red; SCROLLBAR-ARROW-COLOR: wheat; SCROLLBAR-TRACK-COLOR: peru; SCROLLBAR-DARKSHADOW-COLOR: green} a:link {text-decoration:none;} a:visited {text-decoration:none;} a img {border: none;} p.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-top:0in} </STYLE> <body bgcolor="wheat"> <center> <table border="0" width="100%" height="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"> <tr> <td colspan="2" height="40" bgcolor="peru"> <table height="100%" width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="3"><tr> <td width="18%" valign="middle" align="center"><a href="../index.html"> <font color="white" size="+1">Back to home page</font></td> <td valign="middle" align="center" height="" width="82%"> <font color="yellow" size=+2><b></b></font> </td> </tr></table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="18%" bgcolor="brown"> <table border="0" height="5%" width="100%" cellpadding="3"> <tr><td valign="top" align="center"><img width=140 src="../images/mawlana.jpg"><br><br> <font color="khaki" face=tahoma><b>Rumi of Khorasan</b><br></font></td></tr> <tr><td valign="top"><font color="khaki" size="+1"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></font></td></tr> <tr><td valign="top"><font color="khaki" size="+1"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></font></td></tr> <tr><td valign="top"><font color="khaki" size="+1"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></font></td></tr> <tr><td valign="top"><font color="khaki" size="+1"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></font></td></tr> </table> </td> <td valign="top"> <p class="MsoNormal"><b> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Tahoma; color:navy">The Oilman and his Parrot.</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Tahoma;color:navy"><br> A story from &quot;Masnawi&quot; of Mawlana Jalaluddin Balkhi Khorasani (Rumi)<br> &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Tahoma;color:navy">An oilman possessed a parrot which used to amuse him<br> with its agreeable prattle, and to watch his shop when<br> he went out. One day, when the parrot was alone in the<br> shop, a cat upset one of the oil-jars. When the oilman<br> returned home he thought that the parrot had done this<br> mischief, and in his anger he smote the parrot such a<br> blow on the head as made all its feathers drop off,<br> and so stunned it that it lost the power of speech for<br> several days. But one day the parrot saw a bald-headed<br> man passing the shop, and recovering its speech, it<br> cried out, &quot;Pray, whose oil-jar did you upset?&quot; The<br> passers-by smiled at the parrot&#39;s mistake in<br> confounding baldness caused by age with the loss of<br> its own feathers due to a blow.<br> <br> &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Tahoma;color:navy"><b>Confusion of saints with hypocrites.</b><br> <br> &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Tahoma;color:navy">Worldly senses are the ladder of earth,<br> Spiritual senses are the ladder of heaven.<br> The health of the former is sought of the leech,<br> The health of the latter from &quot;The Friend.&quot;<br> The health of the former arises from tending the body,<br> That of the latter from mortifying the flesh.<br> The kingly soul lays waste the body,<br> And after its destruction he builds it anew.<br> Happy the soul who for love of God<br> Has lavished family, wealth, and goods!<br> Has destroyed its house to find the hidden treasure,<br> And with that treasure has rebuilt it in fairer sort;<br> Has dammed up the stream and cleansed the channel,<br> And then turned a fresh stream into. the channel;<br> Has cut its flesh to extract a spear-head, 1<br> Causing a fresh skin to grow again over the wound;<br> Has razed the fort to oust, the infidel in possession,<br> And then rebuilt it with a hundred towers and bulwarks.<br> Who can describe the unique work of Grace?<br> I have been forced to illustrate it by these similes.<br> Sometimes it presents one appearance, sometimes another.<br> Yea, the affair of religion is only bewilderment.<br> Not, such as occurs when one turns one&#39;s back on God,<br> But such as when one is drowned and absorbed in Him.<br> The latter has his face ever turned to God,<br> The former&#39;s face shows his undisciplined self-will.<br> Watch the face of each one, regard it well,<br> It may be by serving thou wilt recognize Truth&#39;s face.<br> As there are many demons with men&#39;s faces,<br> It is wrong to join hand with every one.<br> When the fowler sounds his decoy whistle,<br> That the birds may be beguiled by that snare,<br> The birds hear that call simulating a bird&#39;s call,<br> And, descending from the air, find net and knife.<br> So vile hypocrites steal the language of Darveshes,<br> In order to beguile the simple with their trickery.<br> The works of the righteous are light and heat,<br> The works of the evil treachery and shamelessness.<br> They make stuffed lions to scare the simple,<br> They give the title of Muhammad to false Musalima.<br> But Musailma retained the name of &quot;Liar,&quot;<br> And Muhammad that of &quot;Sublimest of beings.&quot;<br> That wine of God (the righteous) yields a perfume of musk;<br> Other wine (the evil) is reserved for penalties and pains.<br> <br> <br> <br> 1. These are all figures and types of<br> self-annihilation in order to the acquisition of<br> eternal life in God.</span></p> <p> </td> </tr> <tr><td width="18%" height=10 bgcolor="brown"></td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <font face="Arial" size="2" color="brow"> Copyright 2005-2008 <span lang="en-us">www.khorasanzameen.net</td> </tr> </table> </center> </body> </html>