~ 120. Chishti the Musician ~

The great Sufi teacher, Chishti, was a musician. 
Instead of saying the ritual prayers, he made music. Music was his prayer.
Another great Sufi, Jilani, wanted to visit Chishti. Out of respect, Chishti hid the instruments; Jilani was more orthodox, and Chishti did not want to offend his honored guest.
But when Jilani arrived and they sat together in silence, the instruments began to play on their own, filling the room with music.
Jilani smiled. "You do not need to hide your instruments," he said to Chishti. "You cannot hide your instruments any more than you can hide your soul."

Inspired byThe Little Book of Sufi Parables by Nico Neruda
Notes: This is story 25 in the book. You can read more about Chishti at Wikipedia, and you can also read more about Jilani.

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