Saadi of Shiraz and prayer

By Paulo Coelho

Saadi of Shiraz used to tell the following story:

‘When I was a child, I used to pray with my father, my uncles and my cousins. Every night we would gather together to listen to a passage from the Koran.

On one such night, while my uncle was reading a passage out loud, I noticed that most of the people were asleep. I said to my father: “Not one of these dozy people is listening to the words of the Prophet. They’ll never reach God.”

And my father replied: “My dear son, look for your own path with faith and let others take care of themselves. Who knows, perhaps they are talking to God in their dreams. Believe me, I would much prefer you to be sleeping alongside them than to hear your harsh words of judgement and condemnation.”

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  1. zahra noor says:

    “Look for your own path with faith and let others take care of themselves”
    its good advise which we should follow, most of the people now think that they are doing the right thing and others doing wrong. And they force their believe to another.
    Just let they do what they believe and you do what you believe :)
    Thanks Paulo for always sharing good things with us.
    I am admiring you much..
    Salam from Jakarta… :*

  2. Runa says:

    What about dreams that are really a manifestation of the day you just lived through? Is that speaking to God as well? I pray so much and there are people who just dont, so who is praying for them? Or is it that our prayers get shared?

  3. abdul rahman bazian - the black iris says:

    such are the incantations of life… as they say!
    dreams are just other dimentions of reality… worlds that exist in your head are but results and reflects of dealing with worlds ur dealing with outside your head.. i think!!
    dreams are true… peaceful maybe… but true… i say so coz truth is the oposite of peace nowadays…

    those dreams make up a great part of the persons we are inside… way different from the persons we look like on the outside…
    i dont believe that God exists in our dreams only… God is by our side… through ever step we take… blessing those steps… even in the mistakes we make… He watches over us… He is in each and every one of us… He shows us our paths… so that we’d only have to choose…how diffecult such quests are…
    to be able to see this white light… in the depths of darkness… that is God… as this light grows brights the more determined we are to reach it and imbrace it… for God doesn’t care about the path you take to reach him… he only cares that u make it…

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    Minha madrinha, bruxa wicca, emprestou-me um livro que julguei, desinteressante a mim: As Valkírias.
    Bem, talvez não acrescente nada a vc. Mas, acredito que acabei me tornando “Chris”. Determinada a ser fiel aos principios cristãos, mas sem saber pra que. Porém, ao longo do deserto(que pra mim foi seu livro), aprendeu a conversar com anjos, e a entender que a segunda mente pode dominar e até enlouquecer, mas também pode ser, de certa forma, dominada, e podendo ser usada a nosso favor.Nunca sabia quando estava ouvindo a mim mesma e quando ouvia a segunda mente.Hj,me sinto mais confortável e feliz, com a idéia de que sou vigiada.
    Ontem completei 19 anos de idade.
    O número 19 sempre me foi muito importante, sempre presente.Não sei se faz algum sentido, mas, para mim, faz muito.
    Ontem estive visitando, pela primeira vez, seu blog.
    E, por mais que procura-se, não encontrei o lugar onde deixaria meu depoimento.
    Hj, após uma prova, e mais madura sobre As Valkírias, tive a facilidade que nunca tive para achar este local.
    Fiquei,um tanto quanto preocupada.
    Queria saber identificar também meu caminho, por mais tortuoso que talvez seja, eu gostaria.
    Sou estudante de jornalismo, e simplesmente encantada por magia, anjos(sentimento adormecido eu diria).
    Obrigado por me ouvir ainda que eu apenas fale com as páginas de teu livro.
    Fique com Deus e com os anjos.
    Espero encontrar meu caminho.
    Luana.

  5. Nuno Firmino says:

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  6. Runa says:

    What about dreams that are really a manifestation of the day you just lived through? Is that speaking to God as well? I pray so much and there are people who just dont, so who is praying for them? Or is it that our prayers get shared?

  7. Brandon Timothy Mark Sweat says:

    In the later days of my college years, I remember taking this class called exploring inner space with one of my favorite proffesors. In the class we explored the use of various meditation techniques. I remember the object of the class was to utilize the different techniques to acheive a state of mind without thought. I was very faithful to each technique and would do my best to clear my mind of everything. Each technique lead me to the same result though. At the point of almost clearing my mind completly. I would pass out and have the most vivid dreams. I remember though not paying much attention to the dreams though, as if each dreams moment was only for the time it lasted and no longer. I was always disappointed in myself for not being able to stay awake while mediatating on my own. Reading this article and looking back makes me realize something. Maybe, just maybe, I was doing what I was meant to do all along with meditation. Just dreaming with God.