Friday, October 21, 2011



Hunger is the Sultan of remedies

Indeed hunger is the sultan of remedies.
Place hunger in the soul
Regard it not with such contempt!
Hunger makes all unpleasant things pleasant
But without it,
all pleasant things are rejected.

A man was eating bread made from bran.

Someone asked him,
"How is it you have an appetite for this?"
He replied,
"When hunger has been doubled through patience,
Barley bread becomes halva in my eye
s." . . .

God has given hunger to His elect so that

They may become mighty lions.

  Mathnavi V: 2832-35, 38

Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983
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