Civilization comes at a cost. Capitalism is the highest bloom of the flower called human civilization. The minds of the modern times (or maybe it has always been that way since the beginningless time) are too overwhelmed by the doctrines of capitalism that it’s difficult to find the seed of true altruism in many. The flourish of the modern corporation has also been another justification for the division of one man from another since now value-exchange between persons is the only way people relate even in intimate relationships or elsewhere.
The story I provide below has the Sufi Mystic Mullah Nasrudin taking the role of a hungry passer-by who wants to teach the society that there is an ESSENCE WITHIN that is beyond the value of money and vanity. There is that something of infinite significance in Mullah that if the merchant [the merchant is being taught that there is a subtle attainment without which his shrewdness and sagacity in commerce is useless and unfulfilling, more or less a rat-race] would recognize then he himself would become awakened into boundless Bliss and benediction.
But his contempt for the stranger becomes an obstacle for him, as it is for every other person erroneously chooses to remain selfish at the expense of meeting Truth. This is the way of the True Mystic – he is not interested in the materials wishes but, rather in the awakening of the other person. The mystic knows that all societies, however advanced or sophisticated, are founded on the stuff of selfishness, which is the biggest impediment for God-realization.
WHAT CREAM-CAKES ARE FOR
Nasrudin was starving, when he came across a shop full of delicious cream-cakes.
He was just stretching out his hand to touch one when the baker stopped him.
“Are they yours?” asked the Mullah.
“Yes, they are, all of them”, said the baker.
“Then why, why for the sake of Providence, why don’t you eat them?”