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BECAUSE OF THE TEARS OF HER BELOVED

Ludwig Dimpfl

 
Dr. Bharucha tells at length of a family — a father, mother, son and two daughters — entirely devoted to Baba. The father died while the children were still young, and the burden of raising the family fell upon the mother. The son grew up to be an ideal young man, diligent in his studies, a blessing and comfort. The mother managed to save enough to send him to London to complete his education.

While there, he sickened and died with Baba's name on his lips. This information was cabled to Baba. Baba did not immediately convey the news to the mother. Instead, he told Eruch to break it to her gently. This Eruch did. The mother shed no tears and insisted that she was happy that her son had died taking Baba's name. Baba then told friends of hers that it was not good for her to repress tears. So they called on her and wept, but she did not.

When she learned that Baba had told them that he wished her to cry, she tried but could not. Baba himself then called on her and told her, "Love of this caliber makes me cry," and he wept. It was then that the woman burst into tears — not over the death of her son, but because of the tears of her Beloved.

 

HOW A MASTER WORKS, Ivy O. Duce, p. 685
1975 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.

               

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