The Diamond Takes Shape

The Diamond Takes Shape

Some parrots

Have become so skilled with
The human voice

They could give a brilliant discourse
About freedom and God

And an unsighted man nearby might
Even begin applauding with
The thought:

I just heard jewels fall from a
Great saint's mouth,

Though my Master used to say,

"The diamond takes shape slowly
With integrity's great force,

And from

The profound courage to never relinquish love."

Some parrots have become so skilled
With words,

The blind turn over their gold
And lives to caged


                                  -Hafiz, Sufi Master


So many people can be fooled by empty words dressed up as wisdom.  Though the parrot might say true words…is there really any substance to them…anything real?  What good are the words alone?

Why blame the people for following the parrot?  They are blind, how could they know?  The only way they'd learn is if they could see…and you can't force someone to see, only shine the light in their direction. 

And the parrots?  Are they to blame?  How could they be?  They are just parrots, just trying to earn the treat they get whenever they impress people.  They are just as blind as the people who follow them, or even more so.  Not just blind, but bound. 

Do you see the blind people? Do you see the parrots?  Chances are, there are more than you think.

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