Turning Lead into Gold

A greedy king wanted to turn lead into gold, so he found a teacher who could do this.

“If you too want this power,” said the teacher, “you must spend twelve years with me in the forest as my disciple.”

Greedy for gold, the king agreed.

Together with the teacher’s other disciples, the king endured pain and discomfort year after year.

After twelve years, the teacher taught him the mantra for turning metal into gold and rocks into jewels.

But the king now realized that such wealth meant nothing. He chose instead to remain in the forest with his teacher.

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Tiny Tales from the Sufis (Amazon, Author) by Laura Gibbs. Copyright 2020. Licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 and mirrored here with permission.