Saturday, 7 August 2010

Dervish Chant

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

A dervish was in meditation when he heard another dervish from across the lake yell out the chant, “Ah Ya Hu.”

Since the proper dervish chant was actually “Ya Hu,” the first dervish was concerned that the other dervish was wasting his efforts, so he decided to boat across and inform the other dervish of his mistake.  When he got to the other side, he said to the other dervish, “Excuse me, but you are saying that chant wrong.  It is actually ‘Ya Hu,’ not ‘Ah Ya Hu.’”

“Thank you for telling me,” the other replied.

Then the first dervish began sailing back across the river, and thought to himself, “I really helped that man.  He was wasting his efforts with that wrong chant, but now that I have set him straight, he can derive the benefits of the chant, which can give him all sorts of powers.  And perhaps one day he can even reach the advanced stage of being able to walk on water.”

But just minutes later, the dervish was extremely annoyed to hear the other dervish once again chanting “Ah Ya Hu.”

The first dervish thought to himself, “I cannot believe how people can be so perverse and persistent in error.”

Then all of a sudden, he heard some noise and turned around, and saw the other dervish from across the sea walking on water and approaching him!  The other dervish then said to him, “Excuse me, but I forgot the way to say that chant properly.  Please tell me again!”


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