This quality is also one of the main traits of the Pahlavans who throughout their history, as recounted by the Great Ferdowsi and numerous other sources, have time and time again banded together to defeat and oust foreign despotic rulers from Iran.
One such story is that of Kaveh the Blacksmith. It is said that once upon a time Iran was ruled by an evil and foreign tyrant named Zahak who had two blood thirsty, brain eating, serpents growing from his shoulders. To quench their thirst for blood, and to prevent them from consuming his own brain/mind, Zahak had to feed them human brains; and when Kaveh looses his sons to this brutal evil he (Kaveh) launches a national uprising against the evil foreign tyrant Zahak which subsequently expells the foreigners and re-established the rule of Persians over Iran.
But there's more to this mythical and symbolic story!
The Morshed reminds us that Zahak represents the external foreign world, that which comes from without, and his serpents represents the duality of the external, the finite, which when left unchecked can consume our thoughts and mind.
And Kaveh the Blacksmith represents the unity and the profoundly rebellious nature of the heart, that which comes from within, which in Persian Yoga (Pahlavani) and Sufi circles is said to be the gateway towards infinite oneness and the eternal!
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