The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin
Today we find him in a high-level physics report, illustrating phenomena that can't be described in ordinary technical terms. He appears in psychology textbooks, illuminating the workings of the mind in a way no straightforward explanatio...more
""I'm sorry," said the clerk, "but we don't patent impossible inventions.'
So Nasrudin waved his magic wand, and the clerk disappeared."
Whatever could I say that could top that? And it came from a book that turns upside down in the middle. These Sufi teaching stories are funny, thought-provoking, and real. So real, in fact, that I expect the Mullah and his magic wand and his tattered coat, and the goat, and his wife to appear at a ...more
Nasrudin is with his cronies drinking coffee:
They are discussing death, "When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?"
The first crony says, "I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man."
The second says, " I would like to hear that I ...more
Pick out some of the stories you like extra much and let them be your own, reco ...more
That is something to think about.
These stories assist the mind to make sense of itself: templates.
'Learning The Hard Way' and 'The Value Of The Past' particularly appeal..
Learning the Hard Way.
If you tell somebody something in so many words it will like as not slide off him and not be absorbed. Practical methods are essential.
A fakir called Nasrudin down from the roof of his house on which he was working. When the Mulla got to the ground ...more
A monk said to Nasrudin: "I am so detached that I never think of myself, only of others." Nasrudin answered: "I am so objective that I can look at myself as if I were another person; so I can afford to think of myself."
Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England. His ea ...more