WHAT THE INTELLECT CANNOT GRASP

For thousands of years HUMAN BEINGS HAVE USED STORIES to convey A MESSAGE that THE INTELLECT CAN NEITHER GRASP NOR COMMUNICATE.

These stories have taught and still teach wisdom to an ever receptive humanity.

Stories about Mulla/Hodja/Hoca Nasrudin (Nastratin Hogea in Romanian) belong to this category, as he is the starring character in a vast number of amusing tales told in regions all over the world, particularly countries in or near the Middle East.

The character is a unique spin on a wise sage or philosopher character. He is sometimes wise, sometimes foolish, and sometimes both.

He tends to be illogical yet logical, rational yet irrational, bizarre yet normal, and simple yet profoundly wise.

And although most of them depict Nasrudin in an early small village setting, the tales deal with concepts that have relevance to today’s universe and people.

 

Sufis also use Nasrudin stories frequently as learning and meditation tools, similar to the way Zen Buddhism practitioners use koans.

 

The Missed Appointment

A philosopher made an appointment with Nasrudin to have a scholarly discussion. When the day came, the philosopher dropped by Nasrudin’s house as planned. However, Nasrudin wasn’t home. The philosopher angrily took his pencil out of his pocket, wrote „Asshole” on Nasrudin’s door, and then left

Nasrudin finally came home later and saw this. He quickly realized that he had missed his appointment, and he darted off to the philosopher’s house.

„Forgive my error,” Nasrudin told the philosopher when he got there. „I totally forgot about our appointment today. But when I got home and saw that you had written your name on my door, I came here as fast as I could.”

There is no conclusion, the knowledge in the story keeps unfolding and shows your conclusions are not always based on reality, and that by acting on them all you do is make a fool of yourself.

I have been aware of this for some time, and I have made a conscious choice to drop this “practice”; but I can definitely see myself in this story.

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