The Oilman and his Parrot

Rumi | Short Stories
An oilman possessed a parrot which used to amuse him with its agreeable prattle, and to watch his shop when he went out. One day, when the parrot was alone in the shop, a cat upset one of the oil-jars. When the oilman returned home he thought that the parrot had done this mischief, and in his anger he smote the parrot such a blow on the head as made all its feathers

drop off, and so stunned it that it lost the power of speech for several days. But one day the parrot saw a bald-headed man passing the shop, and recovering its speech, it cried out, “Pray, whose oil-jar did you upset?

“The passers-by smiled at the parrot’s mistake in confounding baldness caused by age with the loss of its own feathers due to a blow.



Laila and the Khalifa

Rumi | Short Stories
The Khalifa said to Laila , “Art thou really she for whom Majnun lost his head and went distracted? Thou art not fairer than many other fair ones.”

She replied, “Be silent; thou art not Majnun!” If thou hadst Majnun’s eyes, The two worlds would be within thy view. Thou art in thy senses, but Majnun is beside him self.

In love to be wide awake is treason. The more a man is awake, the more he sleeps (to love); His (critical) wakefulness is worse than slumbering. Our wakefulness fetters our spirits, Then our souls are a prey to divers whims, Thoughts of loss and gain and fears of misery. They retain not purity, nor dignity, nor lustre, Nor aspiration to soar heavenwards. That one is really sleeping who hankers after each whim And holds parley with each fancy.



The Merchant and his Clever Parrot

Rumi | Short Stories
There was a certain merchant who kept a parrot in a cage. Being about to travel to Hindustan on business, he asked the parrot if he had any message to send to his kinsmen in that country, and the parrot desired him to tell them that he was kept confined in a cage. The merchant promised to deliver this message, and on reaching Hindustan, duly delivered it to the first flock of parrots he saw. On hearing it one of them at once fell down dead. The merchant was annoyed with his own parrot for having sent such a fatal message, and on his return home sharply rebuked his parrot for doing so. But the parrot no sooner heard the merchant’s tale than he too fell down dead in his cage. The merchant, after lamenting his death, took his corpse out of the cage and threw it away; but, to his surprise, the corpse immediately recovered life, and flew away, explaining that the Hindustani parrot had only feigned death to suggest this way of escaping from confinement in a cage.



The Chinese and the Greek Artists

Rumi | Short Stories
The Chinese and the Greeks disputed before the Sultan which of them were the better painters; and, in order to settle the dispute, the Sultan allotted to each a house to be painted by them. The Chinese procured all kinds of paints, and coloured their house in the most elaborate way. The Greeks, on the other hand, used no colours at all, but contented themselves with cleansing the walls of their house from all filth, and burnishing them till they were as clear and bright as the heavens. When the two houses were offered to tho Sultan’s inspection, that painted by tho Chinese was much admired; but the Greek house carried off the palm, as all the colours of the other house were reflected on its walls with an endless variety of shades and hues.

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6 Comments

Pinoy tv · 28th February 2018 at 9:22 am

Hello, from where you pick “Laila and the Khalifa” story. It seems like to be a Filipino TV show. 🙂

Pinoy channel · 28th February 2018 at 11:36 am

Hello Parween,

Yes, we are in making Filipino TV shows and i read your Pdf that you shared. I’ll soon share you the video story but that will be in Filipino Language 🙂

    Parween · 28th February 2018 at 12:01 pm


    Never mind Pinoy…being in design….I can understand the power of visuals 😉 All the best for your TV shows!

meethiflyer · 5th April 2018 at 9:02 am

Very helpful the pdf attachement. Super big thanks! #Masnavi

Parween · 3rd June 2018 at 8:33 am

Wonderful #Masnavi

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