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(Masnavi Book 3: 25) The Barber and the Man with grizzled hair




A parable illustrating the fact that (mystical) bewilderment prevents investigation and consideration.

A certain man, whose hair was of two colours, came in haste to a highly esteemed barber.
He said, “Remove the hoariness from my beard, for I have chosen a new bride, O young man.” He cut off his beard and laid the whole of it before him, and said, “Do you pick out (the white
hairs), for it happens that I have some important business.”
That pick (them) out is dialectic, for religious emotion has no care for these things (hair- splitting disputes).

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