Symbols of the world's religions



Mani S. Irani

Once Baba had the girls taking care of some birds. Whenever he saw the birds he gestured, "Feed them." If the girls would say that the birds had just been fed, he would tell them to feed them some more.

So the girls stopped feeding the birds before Baba saw them, and fed them only when he ordered it. Even so, they were getting so much to eat that they could hardly walk.

So Baba gestured, "Exercise them." The birds were so full that they didn't want to move very much, so the girls would give them little pushes to get them to walk for exercise. The point was reached where Baba ordered them given enemas.

After the enemas the birds became hungry again. Then Baba gestured, "Feed them." So the birds became stuffed again.

HOW A MASTER WORKS, p. 551, Ivy Oneita Duce
1975 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.


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