The sultan had ten servants, and he wanted to select one as his personal attendant, so he gave each servant a wine-glass.
"Throw it to the ground!" he said.
All ten did as he commanded.
Next, the sultan asked each one. "Why did you break the wine-glass?"
"Because Your Highness commanded me," they said, one after another after another.
But Ayaz realized that the sultan knew already what he had commanded, and he didn't want to tell the sultan what he already knew. "I await Your Highness's next command," Ayaz replied.
So the sultan chose Ayaz as his personal attendant.
Inspired by: Big Tales by Hazrat Inayat Khan, compiled and edited by Mansur Johnson. the Hazrat Inayat Khan Study Database.
Notes: This is a story in Part 1 of the book: Ayaz the Slave. There is an article about Ayaz at Wikipedia.
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