Mawlana Jalaluddin


* * After having a rest in the morning, Nathela went for an afternoon stroll. It was then that she saw a crowd full of men and women of any age, circling a storyteller. Nathela missed the beginning of the story but joined the crowd nevertheless. “He is not an ordinary Mufti,” the storyteller saidContinue reading “Mawlana Jalaluddin”

War and Small Nations


* * * Once, high above a pasture, where a sheep and a lamb were grazing, an eagle was circling and gazing hungrily down upon the lamb. And as he was about to descend and seize his prey, another eagle appeared and hovered above the sheep and her young with the same hungry intent. ThenContinue reading “War and Small Nations”

The Three Gifts


Once in the city of Becharre there lived a gracious prince who was loved and honoured by all his subjects. But there was one exceedingly poor man who was bitter against the prince and who wagged continually a pestilent tongue in his dispraise. The prince knew this, yet he was patient. But at last heContinue reading “The Three Gifts”

Chinese Bamboo and Paulo Coelho


Chinese Bamboo. Paulo Coelho. Success. What connects the dots? Chinese bamboo spends five years as a little sprout. After being planted, watered, fertilized, and nurtured by a farmer for four growing seasons, it grows outwardly no more than one inch. There is nothing tangible that the farmer can show for all their labor. It seemsContinue reading “Chinese Bamboo and Paulo Coelho”