Power and love become separated as you arrive at the
next chapter. A Sufi Shaykh, or mentor, is seen lecturing a philosophical
The sermon of the Shaykh
O wanderer in the lofty sky! Pledge yourself to
be true, for a little, to the earth. I do not bid you to abandon
your idols. Are you an unbeliever? Then be worthy of the badge
of unbelief. O inheritor of ancient culture, do not turn your
back on the path your fathers trod! If a people’s life is
derived from unity, unbelief too can be the source of unity. You
who are not even a perfect infidel are unfit to worship at the
shrine of the spirit. We are both far astray from the road of
devotion. You are far from Azar, the sculptor father of the idol-breaking
prophet Abraham. I am far from Abraham.
Himalayas and Ganges
The river Ganges, starting as a little stream of
running water amid the snow-clad Himalayas, taunts the mountain
that it is devoid of movement.
The mountain replies, “Your water holds a
mirror to me but within my bosom there are a hundred rivers like
you. Your graceful gait is an instrument of death, for whoever
goes from self is bound to perish. O you, who have made yourself
an offering to the ocean, be self contained like the rose in the
garden and do not run after the florist in order to spread your
- Can you see a connection between this
chapter and the previous one?
A chapter about the role of collective life in the development of an individual's personality shows that speculation without action weakens the bond between the individual and the society.