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Thought for today [Sep. 21st, 2005|09:12 am]
Peter Sheil
Copied, with permission, from a locked post in one of my friends' journals. Thought I'd share it with you all.


Eat No Stones

A hunter, walking through some woods, came upon a notice. He read the words:

"Eat No Stones"

His curiosity was stimulated, and he followed a track which led past the sign until he came to a cave at the entrance to which a Sufi was sitting.

The Sufi said to him:

"The answer to your question is that you have never seen a notice prohibiting the eating of stones because there is no need for one. Not to eat stones may be called a common habit. Only when the human being is able similarly to avoid other habits, even more destructive than eating stones, will he be able to get beyond his present pitiful state."

~ Ghulam Haidar of Kashmir, The Way of The Sufi, edited by Idries Shah

[User Picture]From: tamnonlinear
2005-09-21 01:56 pm (UTC)

I remember reading an edition of The Handmaid's Tale that had a quote at the beginning, saying something like "There is no sign in the desert saying 'do not eat the stones'", attributed as a Sufi proverb. I thought it was an interesting image; was it saying that you may do desperate things in some circumstances, or was it saying that there are no rules against harming yourself ina hostile environment, or what? That one little quote shifted my feelings about the book as a whole.

Thank you for giving me a different version of the story.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-09-21 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for giving me a different version of the story.

You are welcome :) Since this is the only version of the story I've read, I didn't realise I was being so helpful.

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