The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Bayazid was going on pilgrimage to Mecca. A dervish was sitting by the way on his journey. Wanting to pay homage to a spiritual man, he went to that dervish and sat down to receive his blessing. The dervish asked him, "Where are you going?" He said, "I am going to Mecca." "On business?" He was astonished. "No, on a pilgrimage." "On a pilgrimage? What do they do on the pilgrimage?" Bayazid replied, "They walk around the holy stone of Ka'ba." The dervish said, "You do not need to go so far for that pilgrimage. If you will make circles round me and go back your pilgrimage is done." Bayazid said, "Yes, I believe this." He circled around the man and went back home; and when people asked, "Did you make a pilgrimage to the Ka'ba?" he said, "Yes, I made a pilgrimage to a living Ka'ba."