A fable of the Arab mystic Sa`di:
A man walking through the forest saw a fox that had lost its legs and wondered how it lived. Then he saw a tiger come with game in its mouth. The tiger had his fill and left the rest for the fox.
The next day too God sent the tiger to feed the fox. The man began to wonder at God’s greatness and thought,” I too shall lie in a corner trusting the Lord to give me all I need.”
He did this for a month, and was almost at death’s door when he heard a Voice that said,”O you who are on the path of error, open your eyes to the Truth! Imitate the tiger and not the fox.”
On the street I saw a naked child, hungry and shivering in the cold. I became angry and said to God,”why do you allow this? Why don’t you do something?”
God did not reply. That night He said, quite suddenly, “I certainly did something. I made you.“
– “The Song of the Bird” by Anthony de’Mello
In the early hours one morning, I was driving past Cadell Road, I stopped at the signal of Mahim Durgah. A dirty looking skinny man wearing half lungi and torn shirt, unruly beard and dusty hair sat on the edge of the footpath chatting with another beggar-like man. In one hand he had a dry roti and in the other he had a cutting chai. He kept the chai on the floor and tore the roti into half to offer it to his friend.
I was seeing this from my car.
A goat walked past from the other direction sniffing the edge of the footpath. This man, while still chatting with his friend must have seen the goat coming from the periphery of his vision, tore the half roti into a quarter and gave it to the goat as a natural reflex.
At that moment, he seemed to be the richest man on this planet who was willing to share whatever he had with whoever it may be.
And I felt my throat choke up and my eyes were teary.
घास पर खेलता है इक बच्चा
पास माँ बैठी मुस्कुराती है,
मुझ को हैरत है जाने क्यूँ दुनिया
काबा ओ सोमनाथ को जाती है – निदा फ़ाज़ली
ghaas par kheltā hai ik bachcha
paas maañ baiThī muskurātī hai
mujh ko hairat hai jaane kyuuñ duniyā
ka.aba o somnāth ko jaatī hai ?!! – Nida Fazli
A child is playing on the grass
the mother sitting nearby smiles,
I am amazed as to why the world
needs to visit Kaba and Somnath?!!