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When the Waters Were Changed

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when the waters were changed - antiquefables.com

Once upon a time Khidr, the Teacher of Moses, called upon mankind with a warning. At a certain date, he said, all the water in the world which had not been specially hoarded, would disappear. It would then be renewed, with different water, which would drive men mad. Only one man listened to the meaning of this advice. He collected water and went to a secure place where he stored it and waited for the water to change its character. On the appointed date the streams stopped running, the wells went dry, and the man who had listened, seeing this happening, went to his retreat and drank his preserved water.

When he saw, from his security, the waterfalls again beginning to flow, this man descended among the other sons of men. He found that they were thinking and talking in an entirely different way from before, yet they had no memory of what had happened, nor of having been warned. When he tried to talk to them, he realized
that they thought that he was mad, and they showed hostility or compassion, not understanding. At first, he drank none of the new water, but went back to his concealment, to draw on his supplies, every day.

Finally, however, he took the decision to drink the new water because he could not bear the loneliness of living, behaving and thinking in a different way from everyone else. He drank the new water and became like the rest. Then he forgot all about his own store of special water, and his fellows began to look upon him as a madman who had miraculously been restored to sanity.

Source: Legend repeatedly links Dhun-Nun, the Egyptian (died 860), reputed author of this tale, with at least one form of Freemasonry. This version is attributed to Sayed Sabir Ali-Shah, a saint of the Chishti Order, who died in 1818 as reported in the Tales of the Dervishes.

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THE FORMLESS NATURE OF WATER

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antiquefables.com - formless nature of water

Once upon a time in the animal kingdom, during the rainy season, the animals had an immense problem with flooding. Torrential rainfalls would inundate their farmlands and houses resulting in massive destruction of their crops and properties.

A community meeting was held to solve the flood menace, there the hawk argued that since water was the cause of their problem, they had to arrest water and lock him up in a dam. All the animals agreed to do as the hawk proposed and they thanked him for his brilliant idea. They built a dam and made water flow into it, unfortunately, rain would fall and the dam will collapse giving way for water to overflow causing intense flooding.

The animals would dam water all over again, the sun would shine and heat up water and it would vanish into thin air only to come down as rainfall flooding their farmlands and houses like ever before.

Although the animals possessed great numbers and strength complemented with high-level intelligence, they couldn’t defeat a less formidable opponent in form of water because of its formless nature.

Moral Lesson

  • Formlessness is in the eye of the enemy who cannot see what they are up to and so has nothing solid to attack.

Written by: Olayiwola Akinnagbe