The World of Nasrudin
Stories of Mulla Nasrudin appear in oral traditions and literature from the Middle East to Greece, Russia to China. Many nations claim Nasrudin as a native son, but nobody really knows who he was or where he came from. Whether the stories are studied for their humour or hidden wisdom, they help us understand our world and ourselves.
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HOW WE SEE THE WORLD
Some see the Sun about to set
some Shams the friend of Rumi
My understanding of a Tradition I though was associated with Islam came not through the press but poetry and the Sufi stories...I have just re-found Idries Shah (he has passed) and the Foundation that sends books to Afghanistan. The most revered poet in Iran is Hafez, who is hated by the rules and loved by the people. I suggest there is a side of Islam that is wonderful, funny and wise. Yes, there are crazy people as crazy as we have in the West, but do not shun the remarkably accessible little stories that have had me laughing for days. In a world where we need a good amount of light and there is no small amount of fear, anger, persecution and blindness, I offer another door that is no so painful.
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The above is free book on line about the great trickster Mulla Nasrudin and lest you think me a terrorist (NSA?) read the first poem and I dare you to stop. OK, I will give you a small taste.
A BETTER BEARD THAN YOURS
'All true devotees wear a beard,' said the Imam to his audience. 'Show me a thick and lustrous beard and I will show you a true believer!'
'My goat has a beard far bushier and loner than yours,' said Nasrudin. 'Does that mean he is a better Muslim than you?'
The very short teaching tales are an absolute delight (he types with tears of joy in his eyes). And these are from an Islamic mystic dead three hundred years and yet is revered by millions. True, his is out of favor with people who wield power but maybe take a moment and taste this sweet wine because he is worth hearing before you judge another tradition.