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Is Man Free – Sufi Story By Osho

Is Man Free

A man comes to a master to ask how much man is independent, free. Is he totally free, or is there a limitation? Is there something like fate, kismet, destiny, a God who makes a limitation beyond which you cannot be free? The mystic answered in his own wa - not logically but existentially. He said, "Stand up." The man must have felt this was a stupid kind of answer...
Sufi and the Inn - Spiritual Parable by Anthony de Mello

Sufi and the Inn

A Sufi of forbidding appearance arrived at the doors of the palace. No one dared to stop him as he made his way right up to the throne on which the saintly Ibrahim ben Adam sat. "What is it you want?" asked the King. "A place to sleep in this inn." "This is no inn. This is my palace..."
The Dog, The Stick, and the Sufi – Spiritual Story By Idries Shah

The Dog, The Stick, and the Sufi

A man dressed as a Sufi was walking along one day when he saw a dog on the road, which he struck hard with his staff. The dog, yelping with pain, ran to the great sage Abu-Said. Throwing himself at his feet and holding up his injured paw, he called for justice against the Sufi who had maltreated him so cruelly. The wise one called them together. To the Sufi, he said...
Losing Everything – Spiritual Story

Losing Everything

Mula came upon a frowning man walking along the road to town. "What's wrong?" he asked. The man held up a tattered bag and moaned, "All that I own in this wide world barely fills this miserable, wretched sack." "Too bad," said Mula, and with that, he snatched the bag from the man's hands and ran down the road with it....
A Death Is Indicated – Spiritual Story By Idres Shah

A Death Is Indicated

There was once a dervish who had sixty disciples who he had taught as well as he could, and decided that the time had come for them to have a new experience. He told them that they must go on a long journey, and that something -- he knew not what -- would happen while they were on it. Those who had absorbed enough to enter this stage, he told them, would be able to go and remain with him on this journey. He told them that they all had to memorize the phrase, "I must die instead of...
The Tiger and the Fox – Sufi Parable By Massud Farzan

The Tiger and the Fox

A fox who lived in the deep forest of long ago had lost its front legs. No one knew how: perhaps escaping from a trap. A man who lived on the edge of the forest , seeing the fox from time to time, wondered how in the world it managed to get its food. One day when the fox was not far from him he had to hide himself quickly because a tiger was approaching. The tiger had fresh game in its claws. Lying down on the ground, it ate its fill, leaving the rest for the fox.
The Three Fish – Sufi Tale By Jalal al-Din Rumi

The Three Fish

This is a story of the lake and the three big fish that were in it, one of them intelligent, another half-intelligent, and the third, stupid. Some fisherman came to the edge of the lake with their nets. The three fish saw them. The intelligent fish decided at once to leave, to make the long, difficult trip to the ocean. He thought, "I won't consult with these two on this. They will only weaken my resolve, because they love this place so. They call it home. Their ignorance will keep them here."
The Land of Truth – Sufi Story By Idries Shah

The Land of Truth

A certain man believed that the ordinary waking life, as people know it, could not possibly be complete. He sought the real Teacher of the Age. He read many books and joined many circles, and he heard the words and witnessed the deeds of one master after another. He carried out the commands and spiritual exercises which seemed to him to be most attractive. He became elated with some of his experiences. At other times he was confused; and he had no idea at all of what his stage was...
A Misfit – Sufi Story By Shams-e Tabrizi

A Misfit

I have been a misfit since childhood. I knew that no one understood me, not even my father. He once said, "You are not a madman, fit to be put in a madhouse, nor are you monk to be put in a monastery. I just don't know what you are!"
Where Is My Donkey – Sufi Story

Where Is My Donkey

Everyone in the village got pilgrimage fever and everyone got busy packing up some traveling clothes and food for the road. All except for Nasrudin, who watched them laboring away. Soon, all of the village: the men, women, and children, were heading out to Mecca. They were singing songs and shouting with great excitement about how they were off to find God. They got about one mile away, when Nasrudin suddenly riding up on his donkey, shouting about some terrible emergency.