Disciple Hood – Inspiring Stories

When the great Sufi mystic, Hasan, was dying, somebody asked

“Hasan, who was your master?”

He said, “I had thousands of masters. If I just relate their names it will

take months, years and it is too late. But three masters I will certainly

tell you about.

One was a thief. Once I got lost in the desert, and when I reached a

village it was very late, everything was closed. But at last I found one

man who was trying to make a hole in the wall of a house. I asked

him where I could stay and he said ‘At this time of night it will be

difficult, but you can stay with me – if you can stay with a thief’. And

the man was so beautiful. I stayed for one month! And each night he

would say to me, ‘Now I am going to my work. You rest, you pray.’

When he came back I would ask ‘Could you get anything?’ He would

say, ‘Not tonight. But tomorrow I will try again, God willing.’ He was

never in a state of hopelessness, he was always happy. When I was

meditating and meditating for years on end and nothing was

happening, many times the moment came when I was so desperate,

so hopeless, that I thought to stop all this nonsense. And suddenly I

would remember the thief who would say every night, ‘God willing,

tomorrow it is going to happen.’

And my second master was a dog. I was going to the river, thirsty and

a dog came. It was also thirsty. It looked into the river, it saw

another dog there — its own image — and became afraid. It would

bard and run away, but his thirst was so much that he would come

back. Finally, despite his fear, it just jumped into the water, and the

image disappeared. And I knew that a message had come to me from

God: one has to jump in spite of all fears.

And the third master was a small child. I entered a town and a child

was carrying a lit candle. He was going to the mosque to put the

candle there. ‘Just joking,’ I asked the boy, ‘have you lit the candle

yourself?’ He said, ‘Yes sir.’ And I asked, ‘There was a moment when

the candle was unlit, and then there was a moment when the candle

was lit. Can you show me the source from which the light came?’ And

the boy laughed, blew out the candle, and said, ‘Now you have seen

the light going. Where has it gone? You will tell me!’ My ego was

shattered; my whole knowledge was shattered. And that moment I felt

my own stupidity. Since then I dropped all my knowledge ability.

It is true that I had no master. That does not mean that I was not a

disciple — I accepted the whole existence as my master. My Disciple

hood was a greater involvement than yours is. I trusted the clouds,

the trees. I trusted existence as such. I had no master because I had

millions of masters I learned from every possible source. To be a

disciple is a must on the path. What does it mean to be a disciple? It

means to be able to learn, to be available to learn, to be vulnerable to

existence. With a master you start learning to learn.

The master is a swimming pool where you can learn how to

swim. Once you have learned, all the oceans are yours.”