STONE-EATING IS FORBIDDEN

by Charles Stirton June. 22, 2007 5668 views

EAT NO STONES

A hunter, walking through some woods, came upon a notice. He read the words:

STONE-EATING IS FORBIDDEN.

His curiosity was stimulated, and he followed a track which led past the sign until he came to a cave at the entrance to which a Sufi was sitting.

The Sufi said to him: 'The answer to your question is that you have never seen a notice prohibiting the eating of stones because there is no need for one. Not to eat stones may be called a common habit. ‘Only when the human being is able similarly to avoid other habits, even more destructive than eating stones, will he be able to get beyond his present pitiful state.’

From: Idris Shah: The Way of the Sufi. Octagon Press.

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Kasia 12 years, 5 months ago

love the idea...love the colors!

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Zajä…C 12 years, 5 months ago

I like it very much:)

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Cory 12 years, 5 months ago

What a fantastic post - great photos AND educational! Wonderful!

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Monika 12 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for story... very original set!

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Charles Stirton 12 years, 5 months ago

Thanks all for the great comments. It is often the things that are so common around us that sometimes shine when we focus on them.

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Xserka 12 years, 5 months ago

Fav!!!
Magic.

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Peter 12 years, 5 months ago

Nice shots. Nice story. Like the first two best.

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Cherax 12 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for another intriguing entry. The story reads a bit like a koan. Or am I just slow to catch on?

Try scrolling the screen while watching #3 for an interesting effect.
I like the subtle tones of #2 best.

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Carley 12 years, 5 months ago

I agree with jetjackson!

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Colin 12 years, 5 months ago

Interesting photos, thought provoking story !

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Magpy 12 years, 5 months ago

how extremely lovely

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 12 years, 5 months ago

fantastic.the textures, the lighting, the patterns, the colors and the composition.great

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Lisa 12 years, 5 months ago

Oh, and I love Stone Soup! Oh well. :) I like the patterns and the textures.

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Kayya Macuch 12 years, 5 months ago

cool surfaces

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Janka 12 years, 5 months ago

I like it! This kind of stone is in Croatia too. dazzlingly white on the beach - very beautiful... second is my fav. :-)

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Viktorija 12 years, 5 months ago

really like this kind of photos. #2 goes to my favorites- it's a great pleasure just to hold such pebbles in your hand.

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jmt 12 years, 5 months ago

lovely words!!
i see dogs eat stones!! =P

we eat almost everything we see!!! in one way or another =S

great shots

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Nacho "Goam" Garcia 12 years, 5 months ago

Great set!!!

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
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