Saadi : Reducing the Number of Visitors

For more about the Persian mystic and poet Saadi, see this earlier post.

In his Gulistan, while discussing the ‘Manner of Dervishes,’ Saadi of Shiraz told the following. A mureed said to his Pir: ‘What am I to do? I am troubled by the people, many of whom pay me visits. By their coming and going they encroach upon my precious time.’

The Pir replied: ‘Lend something to every one of them who is poor, and ask something from every one who is rich, and they will come round you no more.’

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