Gift of God

This teaching story comes from Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism literally meaning receiving… When the Ultimate Reality created the heavens, earths, and the gods doves did not have wings. Each day the lion would persecute the dove, running after her and scaring her to near death. The dove prayed to the Ultimate Reality for help and succor. […]

Nasrudin and what people think

Mullah Nasrudin was returning from the market with his son and donkey. They had sold all the goods they had taken to the bazaar and now the Mullah was riding the donkey and his son was on foot when a passing man said, “Aren’t you ashamed old man that you ride the donkey and your […]

I dropped her at the other side

A Zen master and novice were walking from one monastery to another. They came to a wide fast river. A young lady was drying at the bank. The master asked her what her problem was. She replied that she had to get to the other side but the river runs too fast and I am […]

Nasrudin and the lawyer

Nasrudin was a coroner and was called to testify in the court. The lawyer for the defendant asked, “Are you sure that Miss Jones was dead when you were performing the autopsy?” Nasrudin: “I am positive.” Lawyer: “Did you check his pulse?” Nasrudin: “No.” Lawyer: “Did you check his breathing when you did the autopsy?” […]

A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend

In Iran we have a story about children playing together. Ali the youngest was everyone’s favorite and had many friends but one enemy called Rashid. One day as they played, Ali fell down in a well. All Ali’s friends were scared since they had been told not to play near the well. So they ran […]

Nasrudin the rats, crow and the dog

Nasrudin and the rats A friend complained to Nasrudin that he had fifty pounds of wheat and before he knew it the rats had come and eaten all his wheat. Nasrudin replied, “I too had fifty pounds of wheat and before the rats knew it I had eaten all my wheat.” Since that was a […]

Nasrudin and weeping and laughing

The villagers had found a compass in the desert. They brought to Nasrudin who was the wisest person in the county. They asked him what it was. Nasrudin looked it over, smelled it, played with it and started crying at first. After weeping for a few minutes he started to examine the compass one more […]

Nasrudin and the flying donkey

Another two short Mullah Nasrudin short teaching stories I had posted in another website which went down and as I’m finding the stories I’m transferring here. Nasrudin and the flying donkey Mullah Nasrudin was riding his donkey at a slow pace one day when his donkey saw a snake in the road and started to […]

Mullah Nasrudin and the sea water

Three short Mullah Nasrudin short teaching stories: Nasrudin and the sea water Note in those days no refrigerators so they would smoke the fish to preserve it. These were extremely salty. They asked Nasrudin why is the sea water salty? The Mullah replied, “Haven’t you eaten fish? You know it’s so salty. It’s obvious if […]

Nasrudin and the coffin

Mullah Nasrudin was walking with his son when a funeral procession came by. The mullah’s son pointed to the coffin and asked him, “What is in that box?” Nasrudin replied, “A man, my son.” The son continued, “Where are they taking him, father, and why are they so sad?” “They are sad because they take […]