Mullah Nasrudin and correct ritual

This post was written by admin on July 29, 2009
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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 sounds. He shouts, "Have you no shame man?"

The startled Mullah asks, "What have I done wrong?"

"You are mispronouncing it. You say God is "grate’ you should be saying God is great," says the arrogant academic. He continues, "Tt is a sacrilege and you a man of clothe."

Then he hurriedly gets back to the boat and rows toward the shore. He has hardly reached the middle of the pond when he sees Nasrudin walking on the water toward him, "Saying how did you say I should pronounce it exactly?"


The above teaching story shows the disdain that Sufi’s (also Zen masters and other teachers of truth) have for book learning.

In most systems of mysticism there’s a distinct difference between theoreticians like the false Sufi above and practical knowledge. In modern general semantics and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) this becomes, "The map is not the territory."

Thus eating an apple is different from analysing it or writing poetry about it.

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking (8th Edition)

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