Sufi saint Junaid used to advise his disciples not only with his words but through examples to observe and learn from.
Once he was going somewhere with his pupils. He saw a man coming with his cow. The cow was tied with a rope and the man was holding the other end of the rope. He was a farmer, Saint Junayd knew him. The farmer greeted the saint and he greeted him back with a smile.
Then the saint asked all his disciples to encircle the farmer and said, “I want to show you something, something you will learn from.”
The farmer stood with a smile on his face. He knew the saint’s nature so he stood there calmly and indifferently.
The saint asked his disciples, “Tell me who is tied, the cow or the man?”
“The cow of course”, the disciples replied.
The saint smiled.
He grabbed the sickle from the farmer’s hand and cut the rope. The cow escaped and the farmer ran behind the cow.
The saint asked the same question to his disciples again, “Now tell me, who was tied, the cow or the man?”
This story strikes my mind whenever any of my relatives or friends say that they wish to pursue their hobby, or shift to a different state or visit a new place but they cannot do that because of their jobs and other excuses.
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