Nature

A certain scorpion, wanting to cross a river was scuttling about on the bank, looking for a means of getting to the other side. Seeing his problem, a tortoise offered to carry him across.
The scorpion thanked the tortoise, and climbed on his back. As soon as the tortoise had finished his swim and unloaded the scorpion, the scorpion gave him a really powerful sting.
‘How can you do such a thing to me?’ cried the tortoise. ‘My nature is to be helpful, and I have used it to help you. Now I get stung!’
‘My friend,’ said the scorpion, ‘your nature is to be helpful, and you were. Mine is to sting, and I have. Why, therefore, do you seek to transform your nature into virtue and mine into villainy?’

The Commanding Self
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Adopción al azar de ‘enseñanzas’

El hecho de que algún material de enseñanza Sufi (y otros) esté disponible en libros de circulación general ha producido dos efectos: (1) Algunas personas se familiarizan con el material, y luego se acercan a legítimas fuentes Sufis si desean acceder a estudios integrales. Este es, por supuesto, uno de los propósitos de las publicaciones mencionadas. (2) Otros, que son probablemente la mayoría pero cuyos esfuerzos son insustanciales, intentan emplear los materiales para enseñarse a sí mismos o a los demás, mientras que carecen de las experiencias esenciales sobre las que tales funciones de enseñanza pueden únicamente ser sostenidas productivamente. Su entusiasmo o ambición sobrepasa su preparación para aprender correctamente. Hemos notado las consecuencias: y las puedes ver por todas partes.

El paralelo con sistemas de aprendizaje más familiares puede ser aquí invocado de nuevo útilmente. Puede decirse que los que ‘adaptadores al azar’ se están haciendo a sí mismos y a otros tanto bien como se haría la gente que no sabe nada acera de la ciencia médica si leyera unos pocos libros y comprara unos pocos medicamentos: “La verdad te busca totalmente. Asegúrate de que realmente la buscas.”

Un escorpión perfumado
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Um Escorpião Perfumado
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The Loan

A man was telling his friends in a teahouse:
‘I lent someone a silver piece, and I have no witnesses. Now I am afraid that he will deny that he ever had anything from me.’
The friends commiserated, but a Sufi who was sitting in the corner raised his head from his knee and said:
‘Invite him here and mention in conversation, in front of these people, that you lent him twenty gold pieces.’
‘But I only lent him one silver piece!’
‘That,’ said the Sufi, ‘is exactly what he will shout out – and everyone will hear him. You did want witnesses, did you not?’

Wisdom of the Idiots
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