“Once upon a time there was a dervish. As he was sitting in contemplation, he noticed that there was a sort of devil near him.
The dervish said: ‘Why are you sitting there, making no mischief?’
The demon raised his head wearily. ‘Since the theoreticians and would-be teachers of the Path have appeared in such numbers, there is nothing left for me to do.”
~ Story shared by Idries Shah
Ten dervishes can sleep beneath one blanket; but two kings cannot reign in one land. A devoted man will eat half his bread, and give the other half to dervishes. A ruler may have a realm, but yet plot to overcome the world.
~ Shaykh Saadi of Shiraz (whose tomb is above)
To be a dervish is to serve and to help others, not just to sit and pray. To be a real dervish is to lift up those who have fallen, to wipe the tears of the suffering, to caress the friendless and the orphaned.
~ Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak