A MAN came to Jan Fishan and said:
‘I have followed many masters, and I am in contact with a great number of wise people. Please give me your own attention and help.’
Jan Fishan said:
‘I can best help you by pointing out that you are being false to even one master, let alone “many”, if you are still wandering about and applying to me, after you have found them. I can best serve you, if indeed you do know such masters, by beseeching you to return to one of them and really learning. If you had learnt anything, it would tell you not to run between two wells, like the thirsty and covetous dog which ultimately perished – not of thirst, but of exhaustion.’
Then Jan Fishan read the following passage from Munaqib el-Arifin:
Maulana Shamsudin Multi reports that Rumi said one day during a discourse that he loved Multi greatly, but that he had one fault. Multi begged to be told what it was. Rumi said it was to imagine that all kinds of things and people were of spiritual merit.