The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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There is a story of a comedian who every day disguised himself in order to fool the king, the Badishah, at whose court he lived. But the king recognized him in all his disguises. The comedian then thought that he would disguise himself as an ascetic. He went to a cave in the mountains and lived there with two disciples, also comedians. He fasted for long periods thinking that in this way he disguised himself well. After forty days people, seeing his disciples, began to speak of the sage living in the cave of the mountain, They brought him presents: one hundred, two hundred dirhams. But he refused it all, saying, "Take it away. The sage does not want money or presents."