Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dog, Stick and Sufi

Here is a story about the difference between a man and a dog!
Is there anything to learn from this?
It is for you to decide!

The story for those who cannot read Telugu or my handwriting for that matter!!

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: 'O heedless one! How is it possible for you to treat a dumb animal in this manner. Look at what you have done!'

The Sufi answered: Tar from its being my fault, it is that of the dog. I did not strike him from a mere whim, but for the reason that he had fouled my robe.'

But the dog persisted in his complaint.

Then the peerless one addressed the dog: 'Rather than waiting for the Ultimate Compensation, allow me to give you a compensation for your pain.'

The dog said: 'Great and wise one! When I saw this man garbed as a Sufi, I was able to conclude that he would do me no harm. Had I seen instead a man wearing ordinary dress, I would naturally have given him a wide berth. My real mistake was to assume that the outward appearance of a man of truth indicated safety. If you desire his punishment, take away from him the garment of the Elect.

Deprive him of the costume of the People of Righteousness ...'

The dog himself was of a certain Rank in the Way. It is wrong to believe that a man must be better than he.

Does that make any difference?


Vamsi M Maganti said...

అరే - ఇలాటి కథే మా మేనమామ సత్యనారాయణ ప్రసాదు మా చిన్నప్పుడు పిల్లల్ని చుట్టు కూర్చోబెట్టుకుని చెప్పేవారండీ. కాకుంటే, కుక్క బదులు గాడిద, సుఫీ బదులు ఉయ్ తాత, జ్ఞాని బదులు శివాలయం శివయ్య ఉండేవాళ్ళు.....చివరికి గాడిద మా ఉయ్ తాత బట్టలు తీసెయ్యమని అడిగేది...ఆ బట్టల సంగతి మా మావయ్య హాస్యానికి చెప్పేవాడేమో అనుకునేవాళ్ళమే కానీ, ఇప్పుడు మీ ఈ కథ చదువుతుంటే చప్పున వెలిగింది నా ట్యూబులైటు - ఇదీ సంగతి అని...ధన్యవాదాలు...

PS: ఉయ్ తాత అంటే మా అమ్మమ్మగారి ఊళ్ళో పిల్లలందరికీ హడల్....ఆయన వేషం అవీ చూసి దడుసుకునేవాళ్ళు, పిల్లలు కనపడితే తాత "ఉయ్" అని ఓ రకంగా దడ పుట్టిచ్చేటట్టు అరిచేవాడు

Vijayagopal said...