He said, “Now, first I will learn swimming and then I will come near the water; otherwise I am not going to come near the water — it is too dangerous. First I will learn swimming.” But where is he going to learn swimming? You cannot learn swimming in your bedroom.
Just a little trust is enough.
Osho Mulla Nasruddin Stories3
The cook heard about it, so he thought if bindhi is such a thing that our king can live long and healthy and young… Next day again bindhi was made, and again Mulla praised it, going even higher than the first day. The third day bindhi was made and Mulla went still higher. The fourth day bindhi was made and Mulla was going higher and higher. The fifth day Mulla even said that bindhi is a divine food — God eats only bindhi.
Osho Mulla Nasruddin Stories4
Another Sufi story: The philosophers, logicians and doctors of law were drawn up at court to examine Mulla Nasrudin. This was a serious case, because he had admitted going from village to village saying: ”The so-called wise men are ignorant, irresolute and confused.” He was charged with undermining the security of the state.
”You may speak first,” said the King.
”Have paper and pens brought,” said the Mulla.
Paper and pens were brought.
”Give some to each of the first seven savants.”
They were distributed.
”Have them write separately an answer to this question:
’What is bread?’”
This was done. The papers were handed to the King, who read them out:
The first said: ”Bread is a food.”
The second: ”It is flour and water.”
The third: ”A gift of God.”
The fourth: ”Baked dough.”
The fifth: ”Changeable, according to how you mean ’bread’.”
The sixth: ”A nutritious substance.”
The seventh: ”Nobody really knows.”
”When they decide what bread is,” said Nasruddin, ”It will be possible for them to decide other things.
For example, whether I am right or wrong. Can you entrust matters of assessment and judgement to people like this? Is it or is it not strange that they cannot agree about something which they eat each day, and yet are unanimous that I am a heretic?”
Yes, that is the situation of your so-called philosophers, theologians, doctors of law: the learned people. They are parrots. They have not even known themselves yet – what else can they know? They are not even acquainted with themselves – how can they be acquainted with others? They have not unravelled the mystery that they are.
These Sufi stories are not just ordinary stories, they are extraordinary. It is saying that every judge is listening only to one side because he already has a prejudiced mind; he is not capable of listening to both sides. For that a totally different kind of man is needed — which no educationalist concerning law and jurisprudence has even thought about