Parable about the Sight of the Master

“You’re completely dirty,” — the Master said to a disciple.

“Absolutely not! It’s not worth mentioning! It’s just a speck!” — he answered, looking at the small dark spot on his white clothes.

“Let Me repeat it again: you are shockingly dirty! Go and clean this dirt right now!”

“You are wrong, Teacher! It’s just an insignificant speck! Perhaps, you can’t see well…”

“No, My friend, I see everything well enough to warn you about the great danger! And I will be happy if you hear My advice!

“When a drop of dirt stains white clothes — it is clearly visible and easy to be washed off.

“But if even a small drop of pride or self-conceit contaminates the pure waters of the soul, then it dissolves in them and turns into turbidity, becoming barely noticeable. And then it is not easy to remove it!

“If you want to keep learning from Me, you have to accustom yourself to the fact that My sight is like a magnifying glass.

“If I see a vice of My disciple, I increase it with My attentive sight to such an extent that a disciple understands the pernicious character of this vice and thus can destroy that which darkens his or her spiritual purity.

“On the contrary, if I look at the achievements and successes of My disciple, then My sight makes them small and insignificant in comparison with that wide expanse which Allah opens for the future achievements of the soul.

“However, I am not forcing you, and you can continue to consider yourself as pure and innocent and to live in an illusory world, cherishing your imperfections… But then Allah will give you those lessons that will help you to understand the truth through your pain and disappointments.”

The young man lowered his head and obediently hastened to act upon the advice of the Master. He washed the speck on his clothes for a long time in running water, cleansing carefully himself at the same time of the sprouts of pride and egotism that appeared in him…

The Sight of the Master has great power. It can help a disciple to see his or her problem before it turns into an illness or other affliction.

But only one by oneself can erase this or that vice and cleanse one’s own future!


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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