King Janaka and the monk

A monk visited  Mithila, the city of sage King Janaka. “Who is the best teacher around here?” he asked. Every person replied with the name of King Janaka. “How can a king be a spiritual teacher? These people don’t know what true spirituality is,” the monk thought. He went to the king and asked, “O King, how can you be more spiritual than t

Thou art that

September 2017 As part of a festival, a play was being organised at the king’s court. The play needed a five year old girl for a small part. The queen thought, “Let's dress up the prince as princess. He is of the right age and nobody will know.” After the play, the queen was so awed by the prince's cu

Praying for God

Someone asked a wise man, Ho, “Is it worth praying?” Ho answered, “Do not ask such questions. You pray when there is nothing else left. You should try doing it on your own. And after that it is worth helping God by taking some burden off him.” “And what is the best way to pray? What words to use?” the person asked. “I think, it is better to pray from th

The wealthy man

June 2017 A wealthy man A saint was praying silently. A wealthy merchant was deeply touched by his devotion and sincerity. He offered the saint a bag of gold, saying, “I know that you will use the money for Allah’s sake. Please take it.” “Just a moment,” the saint replied, “I’m not sure if it is lawful for me to take you

The yogi and the wise fool

May 2017 Once upon a time on a balmy afternoon Nasrudin, the wise fool of the great Sufi tradition, passes in front of a cave in the forest, sees a yogi in deep meditation, and asks him what it is that he is seeking. The yogi returns to consciousness and replies thoughtfully, “I am contemplating the animals, and I learn many lessons from them which can transform a

The bandit and the pandit

November 2016 As narrated by Ram Dass There once was a bandit who would prey upon hapless travelers, stealing their money or killing them if they resisted. Until one day a pandit came walking up the path. As the holy pandit approached, the bandit sprang from his hiding place and knocked him to the ground, holding him there with the sword pointed at his t