Adil MaliaGuest Author


By | Adil Malia |

There is an animal called –

‘Ushghur’. Porcupine. If you hit it with a stick, it extends its quills and gets bigger. Our soul is also like a Procupine. It becomes strong by stick- beating.

Like wise a hide. When soaked in tanning liquor, it seasons to become fine leather. If the tanner is not rubbed in the acid, the hide would get foul-smelling and get rotten.

Rumi extends this thought – narrated in a parable called ‘Checkmate’. In life, some of our friends are clever and smarter than us. They will Checkmate you … criticise you and that may upset you. Knowing you rather so well, they are better equipped with knowledge and smartness to Check-mate you.

Rather than feeling upset and let-down on being ‘check-mated’ , wisdom is to see it as a process of maturing that makes you grow, refines your soul, tans your hide , makes you stronger and helps you to be so much better.

Maintain your calm. Listen to it if it makes sense to you , draw your lessons and release the critic to let his toxicity reverse corrode into him.

That is the best way to ‘Check-mate’ him.

Republished with permission and originally published at

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