Fables of Rumi
Hello again everyone
It rained in Karachi today, the first rain of summer. The day was very hot till 5.00 p.m. then gray clouds began to appear and it started to rain around 7.00 p.m. It lasted for two hours. The first thing we had to experience after the rain began was power shutdown. As it is said, 'where there's a will, there's a way' and we say that,'where there's rain, there's power shutdown'. However, the weather has got better now.
Today I have come up with a fable. Have you ever heard about ‘Mawlana Jalal-ad-din Muhammed Rumi’ also known as Rumi? He was a 13th century Persian poet. His work includes odes and quatrains and has been translated into many languages. Children love to read his fables and so do adults. I’m also sharing one of his fables with you all.
It’s a story of a merchant and a parrot. The merchant was excessively fond of his parrot. He kept it in a silver cage and fed it fruits and nuts and anything else it asked for.
The parrot longed for freedom but the merchant always said that it could ask for anything else. One day the parrot said him to give him freedom and it would give him three pieces of advice that could be of great benefit. The merchant loved the parrot but he loved money more. He thought to himself that if the advice helped him become richer, it would be worth it.
He opened the cage and the parrot hopped out onto his hand and said, “Never grieve over loss of wealth”. The merchant thought it was a tame advice.
The parrot then flew to the roof of the merchant’s house and said, “This is my second piece of advice that never believe everything that is told to you.” The merchant got annoyed and said to tell him something else that he didn’t know.
This time the parrot said, “What you don’t know is that I have two priceless gems in my stomach.” Hearing this merchant regretted that it was fool of him to set the bird free. “Don’t you want to hear my third piece of advice?”, Said the parrot. “Tell me”, he said bitterly.
“I advised you never grieve over losses but you are grieving over losing me.” It further said, “I advised you never believe everything that is told to you, but you believed immediately when I said I had two priceless gems in my stomach. Could I have survived if I had two gems in my stomach? My third advice is: Listen; learn to listen with your mind instead of just with your ears.” After giving third advice the parrot flew.
It’s time to talk to friends.
Hi Tomo, It would be great fun to climb a mountain. Unfortunately there are no such big mountains in Karachi, there are only hills. Yesterday I searched on the internet about how to write haiku and have tried to write some of my own.
Embracing the blooms
Here comes the spring
Tied to my ponytail
The tender touch
Of my mother’s hands
The nightingale is singing
The first summer rain
In my garden tree
Hi! Manas, I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to your question. It’s not a bit tricky but a lot!
Hullo! Mauricio, are you interested in astronomy? I will write about some more events which will occur during 2007.
Thank you Ana Paula! I like it that you never forget to write me comment.
Hello Teresa! I’m really glad that you read my blogs and sent such a lovely comment.
Benka, it’s all your comments that make me write enthusiastically.
James, thank you! Your explanation was absolutely right. There’s something more to write to you. It’s a custom in Pakistan that if a friend visits for the first time he/ she is presented a gift. Frequent friends are offered a cup of tea at first and then lunch or dinner whatever. Actually I didn’t explain well in my blog.
Wisarut, you all send me comments because you take time to read my posts and it would not be nice if I don’t reply. We are all becoming friends.
Adek, in Islam consent of a man and a woman is highly considered in marriage.
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