“The Sun and the Cave”

A beautiful Sufi Story”

“One day the sun and a cave struck up a conversation. The sun had trouble understanding what “dark” meant and the cave didn’t quite get the hang of “light and clear” so they decided to change places.

The cave went up to the sun and said, “Ah, I see, this is beyond wonderful. Now come down and see where I have been living.”

The sun went down to the cave and said, “Gee, I don’t see any difference.”

When the sun went down, it took its light along and even the darkest corners were illuminated. That’s why the sun couldn’t see any difference.

I love one of the quotes from an old book that said “The enlightened ones can never be sent to hell or pushed into darkness. They carry their heaven on their shoulders all the time”.

We thought that heaven is a place where we were supposed to go, perhaps it was a state of mind we were supposed to achieve.

If you are full of darkness within, full of negativity, fear and doubt, you become a cave unknowingly. It’s a hell within and no matter how much you accumulate, you still remain hollow.

If you are illuminated like the sun, then the darkness of the cave wouldn’t matter. You could be in the worst of circumstances, you’ll still be able to find a blessing somewhere.

You’ll be carrying your heaven with you.

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