35. Majnun and the Letter-Carrier


Majnun loved Layla, and she loved him, but her parents arranged for her to marry someone else who lived in a city that was a hundred miles away.
Majnun sought out the letter-carrier. "I need you to take a message to Layla."
The letter-carrier agreed, and Majnun walked alongside him, dictating his message of love.
He walked ten miles, speaking only of Layla.
"Will your message never end?" the letter-carrier asked.
Majnun didn't stop.
Ten miles.
Another ten miles.
Majnun walked a hundred miles speaking only of Layla.
He did not need the letter-carrier after all: Majnun himself had come.



Inspired byBig 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: Majnun and Leila. You can find out more about the love story of Layla and Majnun at Wikipedia.


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