What the Devil Said


“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…

Sadi Tomb, Shiraz

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)