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    Until You Die



    Until You Die


    CHAPTER 1


    Until You Die
    11 April 1975 am in Buddha Hall

    THERE WAS A RICH AND GENEROUS MAN OF BOKHARA. BECAUSE HE HAD A HIGH RANK
    IN THE INVISIBLE HIERARCHY, HE WAS KNOWN AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD.
    EVERY DAY HE GAVE GOLD TO ONE CATEGORY OF PEOPLE – THE SICK, WIDOWS, AND SO
    ON. BUT NOTHING WAS GIVEN TO ANYONE WHO OPENED HIS MOUTH.
    NOT ALL COULD KEEP SILENT.
    ONE DAY IT WAS THE TURN OF THE LAWYERS TO RECEIVE THEIR SHARE OF THE BOUNTY.
    ONE OF THEM COULD NOT RESTRAIN HIMSELF AND HE MADE THE MOST COMPLETE
    APPEAL POSSIBLE.
    NOTHING WAS GIVEN TO HIM.
    THIS, HOWEVER, WAS NOT THE END OF HIS EFFORTS. THE FOLLOWING DAY INVALIDS
    WERE BEING HELPED, SO HE PRETENDED THAT HIS LIMBS HAD BEEN BROKEN.
    BUT THE PRESIDENT KNEW HIM, AND HE OBTAINED NOTHING.
    AGAIN AND AGAIN HE TRIED, EVEN DISGUISING HIMSELF AS A WOMAN, BUT WITHOUT
    RESULT.
    FINALLY THE LAWYER FOUND AN UNDERTAKER AND TOLD HIM TO WRAP HIM IN A SHROUD.
    ‘WHEN THE PRESIDENT PASSES BY,’ SAID THE LAWYER, ‘HE WILL PERHAPS ASSUME THATTHIS A CORPSE, AND HE MAY THROW SOME MONEY TOWARDS MY BURIAL - AND I WILL
    GIVE YOU A SHARE OF IT.’
    THIS WAS DONE. A GOLD PIECE FROM THE HAND OF THE PRESIDENT FELL UPON THE
    SHROUD. THE LAWYER SEIZED IT OUT OF FEAR THAT THE UNDERTAKER WOULD GET IT
    FIRST.
    THEN HE SPOKE TO THE BENEFACTOR: ‘YOU DENIED ME YOUR BOUNTY – NOTE HOW I
    HAVE GAINED IT!’
    ‘NOTHING CAN YOU HAVE FROM ME,’ REPLIED THE GENEROUS MAN, ‘UNTIL YOU DIE.’
    THIS IS THE MEANING OF THE CRYPTIC PHRASE ‘MAN MUST DIE BEFORE HE DIES.’ THE
    GIFT COMES AFTER THIS ‘DEATH’ AND NOT BEFORE. AND EVEN THIS ‘DEATH’ IS NOT
    POSSIBLE WITHOUT HELP.

    THERE ARE religions and religions, but Sufism is the religion – the very heart, the innermost core,
    the very soul.

    Sufism is not part of Islam; rather, on the contrary, Islam is part of Sufism. Sufism existed before
    Mohammed ever was born, and Sufism will exist when Mohammed is completely forgotten. Islams
    come and go; religions take form and dissolve; Sufism abides, continues, because it is not a dogma.
    It is the very heart of being religious.

    You may not ever have heard of Sufism and you may be a Sufi – if you are religious. Krishna is a
    Sufi, and Christ too; Mahavir is a Sufi, and Buddha too – and they never heard about the word, and
    they never knew that anything like Sufism exists.

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