The Best Solution – Sufi Tale

The Best Solution

There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of his play. He would not quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. They begged, bribed and even threatened him to be quiet. But he kept banging away on his drum. Various people who called themselves Sufis, and other well-wishers, were called in by neighbours and asked to do something about the child.

The first so-called Sufi told the boy that if he continued to make so much noise, he would perforate his eardrums. This reasoning had no effect as it was too advanced for the child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar. The second told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and should be carried out only on special occasions. For two days, the boy did not beat the drum but could not hold on for too long. The third Sufi thinker offered the neighbours plugs for their ears and that helped to an extent, but the neighbours became fretful of constantly plugging their ears. They couldn’t hear music that they wanted to, they couldn’t hear each other. The fourth gave the boy a book; he hardly looked at it. The fifth gave the neighbours books that described a method of controlling anger through biofeedback which they did not practice at all; The sixth taught the boy meditation exercises to make him placid but the boy did not follow these at all.

Eventually, a real Sufi master came along. He looked at the situation, handed the boy a hammer and chisel, and said, “I wonder what is inside the drum?”

The boy responded immediately by tearing apart the drum. That was the end of the drum beating and the neighbour became peaceful at last.

Source:  Sufi Tale



Each individual needs to be dealt with in their own way. Feel the pulse and then give the dose.





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