ABU SAID

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ABU SAID

(A Sufi Master)

Abu said a Sufi Master, was once described an incident by another Master which throws light on discrimination.

Three youngsters desiring to become His disciple visited Abu Said, and he directed that they should be segregated from each other. After a short time the Master called first aspirant to Him, made him comfortable and relaxed, and then put this question to him, “If you found a purse full with money, and you knew to whom purse belonged, would you return it to the owner?” The aspirant boldly answered, “Of course I would.” Abu smiled and said, “You are a fool,” and sent him packing. The young man was most happy to go thinking that he has escaped from the false answer,

The second aspirant was then brought to the Master, and the same question was put to him. He answered, “Do You think I am a fool? Of course I would keep the purse for myself.” Abu Said looked at him and said, “Not only are you lost to this world, but also to the world to come.”, and sent him off.

The third aspirant was brought to the Master, and given the same question. The man answered, “If at that time, honesty, integrity and fear of consequences prevailed, I would return the purse to the rightful owner: if however dishonesty and the desire to steal prevailed, then I would keep the purse for myself. Whatever it be, will happen according to Allah’s will.” Abu Said smiled and gave orders that this third aspirant be accepted into ashram.

This is discrimination – to know what would please the Beloved and what would displease Him – the most precious gift given by Him to His creation.

Another story by Sam Kerawala

A man approached the Perfect Master Abu   Said, and requested him to tell something of the spiritual path. The Master said, “The only thing I can say that your life and my life are of short duration, and we do not enough time to waste on talk. I suggest you to go home and start remembering him. That is the best advice I can give you.

he was also asked: which is the greater blessing of God- a long life or short life? Abu Said gave this beautiful answer: if life is spent exclusively in remembrance of Beloved then a hundred years of such life is too short a span. Whereas a life of twenty-four hours spent in sensual enjoyments is too much of a burden for the soul to bear.

While he was saying these words, a Youngman who had spent his life to date in sensual pleasures paid heed, and approached the Master, “I have heard your words. Can you help me?” The Master replied, “Yes I can.” But   the Youngman was from a very rich and aristocratic family, and he did not approach Abu Said in the manner befitting   one seeking help  from a Master. Then he  asked Abu Said, “ I here you give Divine Love.” “Yes I do.”

So the Youngman said, “Name the price for this love. I can afford to pay.” The Master replied that he could not afford the price, but the man persisted, “No I can-I am very rich.” Abu Said smiled and said, “Divine Love is not for sale for mere gold and silver. But there is certain price which I demand for one to become my aspirant.”  “Name it.”   With that the Master reached under the mattress on which he was sated, and pulled out a huge meat chopper and said, “Cut off your head as offering to Me.” for a moment the Youngman was frightened, and the Master said, “quick! Don’t waste time! The price is very cheap if you have the will to do it.” And suddenly for that Youngman it was the right moment and the right words, and he said, “Give me the chopper!” As he was about to cut his throat, Abu Said stopped him, and then accepted him as his disciple. In that moment of life of the man totally changed.

(The Divine humanity of Meher Baba vol. III, Bill Le Page, pp-145)

 

Another story by Sam Kerawala

A man approached the Perfect Master Abu   Said, and requested him to tell something of the spiritual path. The Master said, “The only thing I can say that your life and my life are of short duration, and we do not enough time to waste on talk. I suggest you to go home and start remembering him. That is the best advice I can give you.

he was also asked: which is the greater blessing of God- a long life or short life? Abu Said gave this beautiful answer: if life is spent exclusively in remembrance of Beloved then a hundred years of such life is too short a span. Whereas a life of twenty-four hours spent in sensual enjoyments is too much of a burden for the soul to bear.

While he was saying these words, a Youngman who had spent his life to date in sensual pleasures paid heed, and approached the Master, “I have heard your words. Can you help me?” The Master replied, “Yes I can.” But   the Youngman was from a very rich and aristocratic family, and he did not approach Abu Said in the manner befitting   one seeking help  from a Master. Then he  asked Abu Said, “ I here you give Divine Love.” “Yes I do.”

So the Youngman said, “Name the price for this love. I can afford to pay.” The Master replied that he could not afford the price, but the man persisted, “No I can-I am very rich.” Abu Said smiled and said, “Divine Love is not for sale for mere gold and silver. But there is certain price which I demand for one to become my aspirant.”  “Name it.”   With that the Master reached under the mattress on which he was sated, and pulled out a huge meat chopper and said, “Cut off your head as offering to Me.” for a moment the Youngman was frightened, and the Master said, “quick! Don’t waste time! The price is very cheap if you have the will to do it.” And suddenly for that Youngman it was the right moment and the right words, and he said, “Give me the chopper!” As he was about to cut his throat, Abu Said stopped him, and then accepted him as his disciple. In that moment of life of the man totally changed.

(The Divine humanity of Meher Baba vol. III, Bill Le Page, pp-145)

 

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ABU SAID

Abu said a Sufi Master, was once described an incident by another Master which throws light on discrimination.

Three youngsters desiring to become His disciple visited Abu Said, and he directed that they should be segregated from each other. After a short time the Master called first aspirant to Him, made him comfortable and relaxed, and then put this question to him, “If you found a purse full with money, and you knew to whom purse belonged, would you return it to the owner?” The aspirant boldly answered, “Of course I would.” Abu smiled and said, “You are a fool,” and sent him packing. The young man was most happy to go thinking that he has escaped from the false answer,

The second aspirant was then brought to the Master, and the same question was put to him. He answered, “Do You think I am a fool? Of course I would keep the purse for myself.” Abu Said looked at him and said, “Not only are you lost to this world, but also to the world to come.”, and sent him off.

The third aspirant was brought to the Master, and given the same question. The man answered, “If at that time, honesty, integrity and fear of consequences prevailed, I would return the purse to the rightful owner: if however dishonesty and the desire to steal prevailed, then I would keep the purse for myself. Whatever it be, will happen according to Allah’s will.” Abu Said smiled and gave orders that this third aspirant be accepted into ashram.

This is discrimination – to know what would please the Beloved and what would displease Him – the most precious gift given by Him to His creation.