One of my teachers once said, “If you haven’t got your basic life in order and have not begun to live a life of calmness, stability, service, honesty, practicing the basic virtues and then you meditate or do other spiritual practices, it’s like having a cow that eats organic grass and gives wonderful organic milk, but when you milk that cow, the milk goes into a pail with a couple of small holes in the bottom.” Terribly wasteful. You probably never get to use that milk.
— Sheikh Ragip
Useless is a wonderful milk-yield
From a cow which kicks the pail over.
— Chishti Order