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Kabir and the Unexpected Sadhus
Roving dervishe. 17th century Safavid miniature. Click for larger image.

Some prominent men sought to bring discredit on Kabir, so word was sent out to all of the local sadhus that he was offering a tremendous banquet the next day, and all were invited to attend. Kabir only learned of this trick when great numbers of men began to arrive at his house, but he told his wife Loi to go ahead and make the necessary arrangements. Although the pantry contained only the usual, meager supply of sugar, ghee, flour, rice and other staples, Loi prepared a small meal, ordinarily enough for only two or three people. From that meal, every sadhu in the region ate his fill.