A Beard Made of Love
It is related that two religious fundamentalists once came to visit our
Master. They had bristly whiskers and Master invited
them to stay for lunch. One of them sought to provoke the Master by asking how
he could become a Sufi?
Master said, "Cut off your beard."
"But," protested the man, "what about him?" pointing to the other one, the Sheikh
of Sheikhs, who had a long white beard.
"Ah!" The Master said, "But his is not a beard of religion. His is a beard of love."
"Grow a beard made of love, O darvish
and claim the name of lover,
or do not pretend to the circle of the Friend."