My life reflected in a quote – #3

Photograph by Tim de Groot, via

Photograph by Tim de Groot, via

Faith has nothing to do with logical thinking

The quote above is from the Indian sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882 – 1927). I have seen this quote in the block calendar of Happinez last saturday. To be honest, it is not the most beautiful or inspiring quote I’ve ever heard. It’s the story that’s written on the back of the block calendar that really touched me. It goes like this:

A young man traveled with a caravan across the desert. When he arrived at an oasis he heard that there were many robbers. So the young man took his purse and drove around until he saw an old man sitting, peacefully smoking a pipe. “Dear stranger, would you like to keep my money hidden? I trust you, for it seems that there are many robbers here.” Silently, the old man took his money.

Once the young man returned to the oasis it seemed that everyone got robbed. How lucky he felt that he put his money in custody with an old man. Although…

When he came back to the old man, he saw that he was surrounded by all the robbers. And suddenly it hit him: he had trusted his money to the captain of the robbers! The young man got quite upset by this knowledge and he turned around, leaving the scene. But the captain of the robbers saw him: “Where are you going? Don’t you want your money back?” And the captain of the robbers continued: “I may be a robber, but I am not unfair. I will not betray the faith that you put in me, so here is your money back.”

(author unknown)

So often we have already made up our opinion. But people can surprise us. And that is part of the beauty of this world. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.