Provided below is a Sufi story about Mullah Nasreddin (13th Century A.D., Iran). He was an enlightened who taught the society of his time through practicable lessons. I have used the title ‘The Perfect Master” in view of the fact that the Sufi doctrine (the pith of Sunni Islam), expects the return of the “Vanished Imam” anytime now. The Imam is just an Arabic colloquial for Buddha Maitreya or “the Laughing Buddha”.
In the story, we see though perfect humor an exposition of the condition in all societies in the world, throughout the expanse of history where men carry unnecessary loads of false knowledge throughout their lives at the expense of consciously searching for enlightenment. The donkey symbolizes the religious or the learned man. While in the modern society knowledge has become so specialized it has become almost impossible for men to realize the essence within themselves thanks to the tones of dogma in their heads.
One day Nasreddin Hodja bought some books from the book store about the Holy Koran and its interpretation; and different rudiments of Islam. He stuffed them in a huge bag. He then carried the bag on his back and went riding on his donkey to the village.
The people who saw Hodja on the way ask: “Oh, Hodja! Why did you take the bag on to your back?”
Hodja answered: “What else could I do? The poor donkey always tolerates me. Anyway, it is carrying me, and so I don’t want it to carry the bag as well.”
Usually, ignorance has its way of eluding the best men and women in the society. The situation is so colossal since everybody has a vested interest in the delusion since it is the very oil on which the societal engine runs.