"The weak lose themselves in God; the strong discover Him in themselves." ~ Allama Iqbal

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Black & White Birds

People's relationships can be compared with two facing walls.  Each wall is full of small holes in which nest black and white birds.  Black birds are dark thoughts. White birds are pure thoughts.
 
Because of their size, white birds can only enter into the white bird holes.  The black birds likewise.  Now let's suppose there are two people, Usuf and Ali. Usuf, convinced that Ali thinks evil of him, emits thoughts full of hate.  In doing so he releases a black bird and, at the same time, a nest/hole from his wall is freed.  The black bird flies towards Ali and looks for a nest there.  If Ali has not sent his black bird towards Usuf (i.e., if he has not made any negative thoughts about him), then none of his black holes will be free.  Not finding a nest, the black bird will return to Usuf, caring with it the evil vibrations, thus destroying Usuf. 

Lets suppose that Ali has sent an evil thought.  In doing so he releases a hole in his wall in which Usuf's black bird can nest fulfilling its mission!  At the same time, Ali's black bird flies towards Usuf and, finding another empty nest, does the same.  So the two black birds fulfill their mission which is the destruction of their target.

But as soon as they fulfill their mission, they return to their base according to the ancient law: "Everything returns to its source." 

The evil returns to the sender, thus damaging him.  Same with white birds.  If we only send good thoughts to our enemy, while he is sending negative thoughts, then his black birds, not finding a nest, return to him.  While the white birds, not finding a nest, return to us full of positive energy.

In conclusion, if we only send good thoughts, they will return and strengthen us.  That's why we must always bless and wish the best for our friends as well as our enemies.  That way, the blessing not only goes towards others, but also some day returns to us with its blessings.   

This story is from the teachings of Tierno Bokar, a sufi from Mali

12 comments:

  1. very thoughtful, interesting and so true, and we daily witness this phenomenon.

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    1. Hi Sir,

      Thanks for your visit. Yes...daily life shows the truth of this.

      All good wishes,

      robert

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  2. Robert,
    good writing!
    truth is: what goes around comes around--as u sow so shall u reap.
    Since Kalaam-e-Iqbal is under the light of the Qur'an and sunnah; hence a good visionary source for implimenting the Gift from Allah swt.

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    1. Thank you Sir for your visit and comments.

      All good wishes,

      robert

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  3. It's a very good story and worth noting.Thank you so much,Robert.
    Ranu

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    1. Dear Ranu,

      Thanks for your visit. I'm glad the story found you.

      All good wishes,

      robert

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    1. Hi Sir,

      Thanks for your visit!

      All good wishes,

      robert

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  5. Dear Robert,

    Thank you for this wonderful post! I absolutely loved reading it and it's so true. It's something I have been reading a lot about lately. It reminds me of the metaphysics of 'thoughts and words' and their creative power. Many philosophers and mystics warn mankind for the power of our thoughts and the benefits of having 'positive and pure' thoughts!

    Best wishes,
    Shaidi

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    1. Dear Shaidi,

      Thank you for your visit and comments.

      Tierno Bokar is an amazing person who shares many valuable stories and teachings.

      All good wishes,

      robert

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  6. Thank you, Robert. This analogy is inspiring. :)

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    1. Dear Noor,

      Thank you for your visit and comments :).

      All good wishes,

      robert

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