A mystic was having his meal. He realized that the soup is very tasty. Then he became alert. "The baser self is getting attached to this world", he thought. "I shall not allow you to do that", he resolved and poured water in the soup. He had it after completely spoiling its taste.
Some one said that this Traveler(as-salik, traveler in the path of Allah Almighty) was an ascetic (zahid, who is detached from this world) but not a gnostic (arif, who knows Allah Almighty, is familiar with Him).
(Sitting (majlis) on Sunday, August 22, 2010)