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

The Library of God

May 2016 The most revered building at the No Wind monastery was a quite humble structure that stood at the outskirts of the ground and boasted the sign, The Library of God. The monks knew that the building was a special place, not only because they could feel the divine vibrations coming from it but also because all the special monks who Zen Master Blumise had allowed i

Nothing but love

March 2016 Once upon a time there was a monk who finally achieved self-realization. He had never forgotten that as a young monk, he had been confused and upset by ponderous and misguided religious writings. In despair, he vowed that when he finally understood love, he would write something true. Hence, he sat down to write his book. He took out the first page and right

The test of the seeds

February 2016 A wealthy old man had sons who were triplets, and he was unable to decide whom to leave his property to. He sought advice from a a wise man. The old man then went home, and gave one thousand silver pieces to each son and told them to purchase flower seeds. The sons did as told. Carts and carts came, full of seeds. Their father said, “I am goi