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The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin

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"Perfectly designed models for isolating and holding distortions of the mind which so often pass for reasonable behavior." --Idries Shah

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

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Hardcover, 107 pages
Published June 1st 1973 by Octagon Press, Limited
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Maureen
Jun 17, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Maureen by: Mr. Bennett
"Nasrudin was in a patent office, trying to patent a magic wand.
""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
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Kevan Bowkett
Jul 18, 2014 Kevan Bowkett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first volume of the Mulla Nasrudin Corpus, retold by Afghan author Idries Shah, is a great introduction to the use of humour by the Middle Eastern and Central Asian sages called the Sufis. Nasrudin is a "wise fool" teaching-figure: sometimes acting as a guide, sometimes exhibiting shortcomings in the mind by his hilariously "brain-dead" behaviour. Nasrudin stories have been told and enjoyed across Asia, North Africa, and Southeastern Europe for centuries (and at least one collection was publ ...more
Ned Rifle
Dec 05, 2012 Ned Rifle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Doris Lessing's strong advocacy of Shah and the tales of Nasrudin has me convinced. I will add a few of the tales to help convince anyone else.

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
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Ulrika Eriksson
Jun 10, 2014 Ulrika Eriksson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Characteristic for sufism is the emphasis on humor and they assert that it is a healthy sign in a group when there is place for humor in it. Should it feel misplaced, something is not right. Esoteric groups are no exception and consequently you find the silly, foolish, funny, philosophical Mulla Nasrudin in the same company as Rumi, Ghazzali, Khayyam and others. Dervishes use the stories as exercises in their teaching
Pick out some of the stories you like extra much and let them be your own, reco
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Kevan Bowkett
Jul 18, 2014 Kevan Bowkett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first volume of the Mulla Nasrudin Corpus, retold by Afghan author Idries Shah, is a great introduction to the use of humour by the Middle Eastern and Central Asian sages called the Sufis. Nasrudin is a 'wise fool' teaching-figure: sometimes acting as a guide, sometimes exhibiting shortcomings in the mind by his hilariously 'brain-dead' behaviour. Nasrudin stories have been told and enjoyed across Asia, North Africa, and Southeastern Europe for centuries (and at least one collection was publ ...more
Lolotehe
Mar 09, 2011 Lolotehe rated it it was amazing
The stories are quick enough to read between rail-stops, but the lessons have a pleasant aftertaste.
Mavromou
Mar 04, 2017 Mavromou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es un muy interesante libro para introducirse en la sabiduría de los sufis.

El Mula Nasrudin es todo un personaje, con una manera muy particular de pensar y actuar que llama a la reflexión.
Toni
Jun 07, 2015 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'I am here because of you and you are here because of me..'
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
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WJ
Oct 20, 2015 WJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new edition of The Exploits published 2014. It has so many well-known stories – made so in the West largely through the efforts of Idries Shah – that to pick, say, the inexplicability of Nasrudin, “a perfected man”, down on his knees, looking for his key in the light – is to overlook the impossibility of The Cat and The Meat, the circularity of Why We Are Here, - and so many others. Shah provides explanations in a chapter of The Sufis and in his “author’s proof” on the ISF page, ISF Archive. T ...more
SarahJaneSmith
Witty, at least most of the time.
My favorite:
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."
Claire S
I've been wanting to learn more about the Sufi branch of Islam for a while, and also am interested in material on 'states of mind,' looks fascinating and a lot of fun.
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Idries Shah (Persian: ادریس شاه), also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi (Arabic: سيد إدريس هاشمي), was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote over three dozen critically acclaimed books on topics ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies.

Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England. His ea
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