Mullah Nasrudin and correct ritual

A self professed mystic is going by a large pond with an island in the middle. He hears someone mispronouncing a certain mantram in the island. He finds a boat and rows over to the island. On the island inside a tiny tent he sees Mullah Nasrudin praying. He cannot bare listening to the disgusting […]

Mullah Nasrudin and the precedent

Mullah Nasrudin borrowed his neighbor’s pot and returned it a week later with a small pot. He told the neighbor, "Your pot was pregnant and had a baby, here it is." Next week he did the same, borrowed the pot and returned it with the baby pot. Next week he borrowed the pot again. The […]

Mullah Nasrudin and never heard it before

Mullah Nasrudin was at a boring party. So he sat in a courner and every now and then he would smirk and perhaps even laugh. As I mentioned it was a boring party. So this guy went and started talking to the Mullah and said, "What are you doing?" "Nothing, I’m just telling myself jokes," […]

At least make one exception

This teaching story is another from te Zeb Buddhist tradition: A farmer’s wife had died and he asked a Buddhist priest to recite the Sutras (Buddhist religious texts) for her.  At the end of the recitation he asked the priest, "Do you think my wife will gain merit from this?" The priest replied, "Of course. […]

Mullah Nasrudin and prayer answered

Mullah Nasrudin was very devout but poor. His wife wanted a large house, jewelry, dresses, and all the accouterments.  She kept telling him, "Stop preaching and become a merchant like my sister’s husband. I’m ashamed in front of all my relatives." Nasrudin was lazy by nature and was not ambitious kept replying, "God loves us […]

Mullah Nasrudin the great archer

One evening, Mullah Nasrudin was drinking tea in the tea house with his cronies. The subject turned to archery. As usual Nasrudin boasted that he was a great archer. One of the vilage wags challenged him to demonstrate his skills for the village the next day. The Mullah said, "I would love to, but I […]

Mullah Nasrudin the bank robber and the mother in law

Mullah Nasrudin’s wife was a well known shrew, but she was an angle next to her mother who disliked the Mullah to end.  She kept plotting with her daughter against him and gossiped about Nasrudin most of the time. Some go as far as saying that in truth Nasrudin is extremely wise and all the […]

The lion, the cat, nepotism and jobs

A domestic cat lived in the lap of luxury but still wanted more and more. One day the greedy cat heard that he was a distant relative to the king of the jungle. He left his comfortable home to search his cousin fifth removed. After much hardship and many perilous adventures he arrived at the […]

Mullah Nasrudin and the long job

Mullah Nasrudin got a job looking after the Sultan’s favorite mare. He lived a life of luxury in the court and ate three times the other employees. One day the king and queen called him to talk to him. The Sultan asked him, "Nasrudin, how long have you been in our employment?" The Mullah replied, […]

Book learning

One property of teaching stories is that they come from deep within the human psyche and will be told in different cultures using fictional and historical heroes of the locality. Many teaching stories are mythological and a few did happen to somebody at sometime but not necessarily to the person ascribed to. The value of […]