A Sufi Story

"Sufi stories are great stories indicating the nature of God and the devotee, the sought and the seeker, the lover and the beloved, the attracted and the only one that attracts.

The following Sufi Story indicates how the ego, the false self, must cease to be one with God, the Eternal or the Infinite.

The story tells us of a group of moving moths. From distance they keep watching the flame and wondered, “What is there in this flame that keeps us drawing towards it? What is there in the flame that fascinates us beyond measure?”

One by one the moth went there to investigate.They wanted to find the reason of their attraction towards the flame like a needle drawn towards the magnet. One by one they approached towards the flame, but the fear took over them of losing the known and they returned.

The leader of the moth said, “ You cannot know the nature of the attracting flame just by investigating it from the distance.” You must jump in and be one with it. Let it overwhelm you and be merged in it. The entity you call yourself must end.”He went near the flame and jumped in it and became one with it.

Other moths stood far away and kept saying Ah! he has become one with flame..."
What do you think?
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16 comments:

  1. Hi Surjit...

    This story speaks to the fear we feel in letting go.

    We want to be the flame but it is frightening; the unknown is not easy to embrace for many of us.

    :-)

    Thanks for this Surjit,

    Jen

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  2. i think the moth that went to the flame died...and the ones that just stood back and watched, may not have become one with it,.,, but they lived to tell....

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  3. Jennifer,I fully agree with your precious words:
    ...'We want to be the flame but it is frightening; the unknown is not easy to embrace for many of us'...

    Many thanks for sharing your insightful thoughts.
    My best wishes.

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  4. Yes, you are right Paisley when you say...'but they lived to tell'.. the 'Ultimate Truth'...
    Thanks for sharing your valuable views.
    Good luck.

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  5. amazing...
    u cant knw the nature of flame by distance...so true

    how u find these stories..
    suggest me some reading

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  6. hi surjit hi surjit this is a nice story very meaningful my own view is the moth that got into the flame is giving the other moth the lesson of experiencing not watching...i dunno that what i got out of it i may be wrong...anyone can tell me that?
    thx for sharing knowledge u are seeking for my friend

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  7. Something that came to my mind is the journey to become a Catholic Priest. Some are drawn to that religious life like a moth to a flame. To fly to the flame you give up marriage and having your own children but you become one with god and that life.

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  8. Interesting story and I understand what its getting at but I don't think I would want to use this story for the message could easily be lost if one concentrates on what it means when a moth runs into a flame. In other words for the people still standing around afraid of the light they're still going to think well see I'm right I don't want to run into the flames and burn. What sense would that make? This is a story that is like the proverbial glass of milk. Half full or half empty. It all depends on how you view it.

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  9. Hi Surjit, this is a great post. I think other moths learned that they should think before they leap from their leader.

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  10. Thanks Dream Catcher,for your nice words.I am very fond of reading books and surfing the net.So I often come across good articles etc.
    My best wishes.

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  11. You are absolutely right Lilifxt in your words:
    ....'the moth that got into the flame is giving the other moth the lesson of experiencing not watching...
    Thanks for sharing your insightful views.
    My best wishes.

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  12. Thanks John, for sharing your valuable thoughts.Good luck.

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  13. Thanks Desiree, for adding your meaningful views to my post.
    My best wishes.

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  14. Thanks Mahesha,for sharing your valuable views.Good luck.

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  15. Many moths are afraid to be burned, but they should not be afraid, for there is pleasure in the pain, the pain of letting go of the ego and the pleasure of realizing Oneness.

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  16. ...'the pain of letting go of the ego and the pleasure of realizing Oneness...'
    Yes Sophia,you are perfectly right in your words stated above.
    Thanks for expreesing your insightful views.
    My best wishes.

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