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)

The Heart


Someone went up to a madman who was weeping in the bitterest possible way.

He said:

‘Why do you cry?’

The madman answered:

‘I am crying to attract the pity of His heart.’

The other told him:

‘Your words are nonsense, for He has no physical heart.’

The madman answered:

‘It is you who are wrong, for He is the owner of all the hearts which exist.  Through the heart you can make your connection with God.’

~ Attar of Nishapur