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GARLANDING YOURSELF

Ivy Oneita Duce

 
At Baba's tomb, some young people had put garlands around their own necks while waiting in line.

Padri said, "When you bring a gift or offering to the Master, you do not partake of the least part of it. A garland is made, or purchased, just for the Master. If the perfume accidently comes to you, you cannot help it, but you never put it to your nose to smell it.

If you put it around your neck, the garland is yours. If you later offer it to the Master, it is as if you were giving him your prasad. So you take the garland with loving care, but no appreciative glances (as this gratifies your senses), directly to the Master and give it all to him for his pleasure."

 

HOW A MASTER WORKS, p. 699
1975 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.

               

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