Having heard about the fame of sufi saint Miyan Mir, a Badshah once went to meet him in his hut situated outside the town. A fakir was standing outside. Seeing him, the Badshah said,” I desire to meet Miyan Mir. I am the Badshah of this kingdom. Can I go in to pay him my respects?”
The fakir asked him to wait and went inside the hut. Mian Mir asked him a counter question,” How has the Badshah come?”
The fakir said,”He has a huge army with him as also camels laden with diamonds and jewels.”
Hearing this, the saint said,”Tell the Badshah that it is not possible to meet now.”
The Badshah turned back, but did not return to the capital. He sent his army back, disbanded the camels, sending back the diamonds and jewels, and started living like a fakir near the Saint’s hut.After some time , he again went to meet the saint, but again met with disappointment. The saint sent him a message that he should serve the ascetic saint who lived on the banks of the river Ravi.
The Badshah served this ascetic for two years. His face turned totally dark, wrinkles showing on it.
One day, the ascetic said,” You wanted to meet the Saint Miyan Mir, isn’t it? So go and meet him.”
The Badshah went to his hut and the Saint called him in.
At that time, the Badshah asked him,” I had come twice earlier to meet you. Why did you disappoint me then?”
The Saint said,”The first time you had come with all your royal regalia, and the second time, though you had come without all the pomp, the ego had not gone away from within you. Just as poverty and wealth don’t get along, so also there is enmity between the rich and the ascetic.”
Subsequently, the Badshah became the favorite disciple of the Sufi Saint Miyan Mir for life.
COURTESY: GUJARAT VISHWAKOSH TRUST