THE STORY OF BAHLUL
The great mystic Bahlul wanted to contact certain notables of Persia for reasons of his own. The only way of doing so was to the Prince’s party attended by those notables. Unfortunately Bahlul was bald-headed, and those days no one without hair was allowed to attend any party given by the Prince, for the Prince had lost his own hair and to see others without hair prevented him from enjoying the party. And so when Bahlul went to the party he was thrown out. As the party lasted for three days Bahlul borrowed cloths and a wig and distinguished himself and went again on the following day. No one recognized him in his fine clothes. He made great impression, and was liked so much that the Prince asked him to sit next to him. No sooner Bahlul seated, and then he winked at the Prince. This the Prince did not understand but vaguely felt that such a gesture from the illustrious man must mean something important. Thinking that it merited a suitable response, he winked back. Those were near saw this exchange of winking and were impelled to imitate it. Soon the winking spread throught the company.
Then Bahlul cried, “Stop! O you wise men, why do you wink?” And the notable replied, “We are winking because you great man were winking. We only imitate you”. Then Bahlul took off his wig and said, “We two are both bald. Imitate us.” Then notables went away and on the third day returned with shaved heads. Bahlul turned to the Prince and said,” We are permanently bald; these men will have to shave their heads daily to remain bald.” Thus through his sense of humour, Bahlul secured access to those who he wanted to help.
No one should copy Master’s action, rather do everything as asked by his Master without any question of why and what.