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April 5, 2009 Posted by Tahir in Books

The Book of the Book V

 The Interpretation of the Dervish


The dispirited students, going to rest in a caravanserai, came upon a dervish, and told him of their perplexity.
He said: “What did you learn from the scholars?”
The travellers said: “Nothing. They could tell us nothing.”
The dervish said:  “On the contrary, they told you everything. They showed that the book was not to be understood in the manner I assumed by you, or by them. You may think that they lacked depth. But you,  in your turn, lack sense. The book was teaching something through the incident itself, while you remained asleep.”
But the students found this explanation too subtle to their minds, and the only person who maintained the knowledge of the block was a casual visitor to the caravanserai, who overheard the interchange which I have just repeat to you, O King and Dervish!”
The stranger dressed in green then stood up and walked away…


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