river with stonesA company of vagabonds met a dervish, spoke insulting words to him, struck him and otherwise molested him; whereon he complained to his superior and explained the case. He replied:

‘My son, the patched frock of dervishes is the garment of resignation and who, wearing it, cannot bear injuries is a pretender not entitled to the frock.’

A large river will not become turbid from stones. The Arif who feels aggrieved is shallow water yet. If he injures thee, bear it Because pardon will purify thee from sin. O brother, as the end is dust, be dust before thou art turned into dust.

Gulistan of Sa’di

 

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