Ma Gridah

Ma Gridah

Ibrahim B Adham was the king of Khurasan. He renounced his kingdom and lived a life of poverty, earning his daily bread by manual labour.
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In the Ishopanishad, the Rishi gives the teaching “Ma gridah!” “Covet not!” And the Sufi dervishes are never tired of telling their disciples that, if they would grow in spiritual life, they must covet nothing in this world or the next, but give themselves entirely to God and turn their face to Him.

“Love poverty,” said Rabia, “if you will be near the Lord.”

Ibrahim B Adham was the king of Khurasan.

He renounced his kingdom and lived a life of poverty, earning his daily bread by manual labour.

He met a man who often complained, saying, “sad is my condition, I am so poor!”

Ibrahim said to him, “my son! perhaps you paid but little for your poverty.”

“I do not understand you,” said the man. “Does anyone buy poverty?”

Ibrahim answered, “for my part I chose poverty and I bought it at the price of my kingdom.

When I found this precious thing, poverty, I bade a final farewell to my kingship. I give thanks for my poverty. The bird of my heart has, through poverty, attained to fellowship with God.”

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