A Shaikh had a female servant. She happened to be beautiful. A disciple got distracted by her beauty and forgot lost his direction. Shaikh noticed it. The Elders do not shout at high. They proceed differently. The Shaikh gave the servant a laxative. The first effect of a laxative is that it takes away the luster of the face. In a few days the servant had lost the facial flesh too and looked very unattractive. After that the Seeker won't even look at her but Shaikh so arranged the matter that the same servant will serve him the meals. At a reaction of the Seeker against this servant the Shaikh asked him, "Weren't you in love with her?" The Seeker was ashamed but affirmed it. "What has happened now?" , the Shaikh asked. "She is not the same, charm has gone out of her", the Seeker said. "I'll show you the charm", the Shaikh said, "Bring in the charm". The sweeper had been instructed to collect the waste of the female servant and it was brought in. "This is what you were in love with. This is your charm", the Shaikh said.
(Sitting (majlis) on Sunday, August 29, 2010)