Parable about the Master Casting no Shadows

“Shadow cannot fall on the source of light!”

There were times when many Sufi schools flourished, and people, looking for wisdom, went from one master to another, choosing that one of them from whom they would like to learn.

Once some young men, who decided to go on a journey and find a great and wise sheikh, gathered together.

They discussed different stories about those teachers about whom they had heard remarkable legends. Most of all, they were impressed by the legend of the Master Who was so perfect that no shadows were even cast by Him!

So they went to Him to become His disciples.

They expected to see a wonderful man — a magician endowed with great abilities and knowledge by the Grace of Allah.

* * *

When the travelers approached the house of the Master, He was standing at the gate. It seemed that He was waiting for them.

The Master kindly welcomed the travelers.

The sun was shining. And… to the sadness of the seekers, the shadow of His body obediently followed His every movement…

Disappointed young men did not know what to do now…

But the Master regardfully invited them to enter:

“I knew that for dinner I would have some guests and prepared a meal. Don’t upset Me and eat here with Me! You have made a long journey and are tired! Your efforts should be rewarded!”

To avoid hurting Him and to hide their disappointment, the young men agreed, thinking that they would continue their journey and searches after having a rest.

They washed their hands near a spring and began their meal with the Master.

“You probably were told nonsense about Me,” — the Master said, looking at them knowingly. — “But it isn’t worth believing everything that people say! It is better to seek the Truth!

“A lot of legends are fabricated about each Master Who works to help people. That is why, it is said about Me that I can do whatever I want, that I can heal any illness and return the dead to life… Rumors like to crowd around the Truth!

“But I never do what people only want! I always do only what Allah wants. And the happiness of My life is that My will and the Will of Allah do not differ anymore. I am just a humble executor of His Will.”

* * *

When, after the meal, the young men settled themselves in a garden to take a rest, a sick person came to the Master. His body was covered with scabs.

As the Master spoke with him, his face gradually became brighter and brighter; a smile blossomed on it; the understanding increased, and the love for Allah and for all beings in the Creation began to shine in his heart.

He thanked the Master, bowed low and walked to the door… Suddenly his skin became clean!…

Shocked by that miraculous healing, he came back and thanked the Master again with tears in his eyes, hardly believing in what had happened…

The young men were amazed…

“Forgive us,” — they said, — “we were wrong! You are the great Healer and Expert in human souls! Tell us, how do You do this?”

“I helped this man to understand and see the cause of his disease. And when the cause is recognized and corrected through the right understanding and repentance — it is not difficult to heal the body as well.

“If the shadow of the past is erased with repentance and with the correct understanding of how one should live and act, then it is possible, by removing the cause, change it consequences.

“Every action and every thought of a person form traces in the Absolute. Sometimes such traces are dark, sometimes — light, sometimes — deep, sometimes — very insignificant. But everything that was done in the past has its influence on the present destiny of a person. And the way a person thinks and acts now will reflect on his or her future destiny.

“Nevertheless, everyone has the ability to purify and transform himself or herself as the soul, thus coming closer to the Purity of Allah!

“We can really purify ourselves from the dark shadows of the past! In this case, our lives will change for the better!

“When such a transformation of the soul is reached — the healing of the body becomes possible.”

* * *

Thus the young men stayed with the Master and became His disciples.

Many years had passed — and they learned to see by the souls both the causes and the effects of events. They learned to cleanse the organs inside the human bodies with the Light of Allah and to hear His instructions in the silence of their spiritual hearts. They learned to feel love for people, love that impel the souls to help those who suffer. They also learned to preach Love and Truth…

… When, going to the world to serve people with that knowledge which they had received from the Master, they turned around — they saw Him standing at the gate of His house like in the first day they met. Behind His body, they saw shining Light, similar to the huge risen sun. That was the Light of Allah, flowing, illuminating and penetrating all around. And indeed there were no shadows at all anywhere.

Now they could see it.

Sufi Parables

Written down by Anna Zubkova

Under the editorship of Vladimir Antonov

Translated into English by
Anton Teplyy and Vladimir Antonov

The corrector of the English translation — Hiero Nani

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