One day, his honor Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani went to a village with several of his students to pray and rest. So people gathered around him to see him and maybe hear a word from him. So when his honor saw that they were gathered around him and they were watching him, he went among them and caressed them and gave them advice and warned them against false beliefs and wrongdoings and called them to know the truth and help it and he spoke a lot out of wisdom, but it was not long before they dispersed around him and returned to their homes to get on with their daily activities. So his honor was left alone with his helpers, and so he went to a tree at the foot of a mountain to pray in its shade; because he loved prayer very much and whenever he had free time, he would start praying and he said: “My rest is in prayer”. So when he was finished, his students said to him:
“O master! We heard you talking to these people. We swear by God, your words were like the words of the prophets, and they gave purity and freshness like raindrops; because you spoke with the power of the Holy Spirit and you said things that God put in your mouth, but nevertheless, it did not correct them and did not make even one of them accompany you! This is really surprising for us!”
His honor said:
“Are you surprised by this? I will tell you, whenever you open your ears to hear and use your intelligence to find out; because my mouth is really speaking and my hand is pointing correctly. The wise man learns wisdom and stores it for himself; for it will be water for the days of his thirst and food for the nights of his hunger, but the ignorant flees from wisdom and free himself from it; because the desires of his body are kindled and the forces of his soul are burned; he says to himself: ‘Why should I learn wisdom and why should I bother myself?! While it deprives me of pleasure and dissuades me from idleness, so that I give up what I like and do what I do not like, like apostates who have abandoned pleasure and like monks who have turned their backs on the world, while the world is pleasant to me and its life is beautiful to me and I am not able to avoid it; because I am still young and I have many dreams and death is far from me!’. Thus he falls behind from receiving wisdom and deprived of knowledge, until his soul dies, while his body is alive. Is not wisdom pleasing to him, and knowledge does not comfort his soul?! While human suffering is from ignorance and arises from unawareness; it has kindled the fire of war and spread the shadow of poverty, when it has entrusted wealth to the fool and left the power to the ignorant, so that they may ruin the earth with their wealth and achieve superiority with their power, to oppress the needy and hurt the weak. The powerful ignorant are the children of demons, and the rich idiots are the plagues of the earth that people have no escape from them; those who desire all that is bad and those who turn away from all that is good, who strive to spread ignorance in the world and seek to annihilate the wise, so that there would be no wisdom left on earth and no wise person would be found under the sky, while inexistence is what they deserve and they should not be found on the land and in the sea. Indeed, wealth adorns the wise and power fits them, so that using those two, they beautify the world and bring happiness to the people. Is not the beauty of the world pleasant and the happiness of the people unwanted?! Ignorance has made the earth ugly and unawareness has made its inhabitants miserable. Stupidity has given birth to oppression and foolishness has raised poverty. Curse reveals on the ignorant and misfortune surrounds the blind hearted, when they do not recognize right from wrong and they do not distinguish good from bad, so they make enemies with their friends and make friends with their enemy. Are the children of man disfigured to live like animals, free from intellect and cleverness and devoid of knowledge and wisdom?! Like dog and cat, and like wolf and ewe, some are the enemies of others, and some are ripping others, in order to satisfy the desires of their bodies and to suppress the desires of their souls, so that they would be fat bodies with thin souls. Laziness has overwhelmed people and fatigue has overshadowed them; because ignorance has made them sick and aimlessness has made them cold; there is no effort in them and there is no ideal left for them; like a piece of stone in the desert or like a piece of brick in a building; without feeling and will and without power and movement; surrounded by other stones and under the pressure of other bricks; subservient and homogeneous, some have poured on others and created masses of corruption, to make the time suitable for misery and make the place prone to ruin”.
Then he took a look to the right and to the left and continued:
“Now the time is suitable for misery and the place is prone for ruin; because ignorance has spread and wisdom has become rare. Foolishness is traded like gold, while wisdom is like dust. The word of annulment is spread from mouth to mouth, but the word of wisdom is forgotten. The market of falsehood is hot, but there is no customer for wisdom. Ridicule is more pleasing than preaching, and clowns are more valuable than the wise. Debauchery has filled the horizons, but there is no sign of intellect anywhere. All day is too short for idleness, but one hour of preaching is considered too much. People are not interested in wisdom and do not spend time on it. The heads are heavy and the chests are narrow. The hands are tied and the legs are lame. In such a horrible time, do you expect anything but the act of disregarding for me?! Or are you waiting for something but enmity with me?! No I swear to God, they will never be friends with me and they will never accompany me, unless I obey their wishes or make the earth filled with blood and sweat!”
Explanation of the saying:
What his honor means by “They will never be friends with me and they will never accompany me, unless I obey their wishes or make the earth filled with blood and sweat” is that people will accept his invitation only when he adapts to their desires or they get forced to accept it, while his honor neither adapts his invitation to their desires nor forces them to accept it and therefore, it is natural that they refuse to accept it and this is not surprising.