Nasreddin Hodja IV

Orthodoxy and heresy

“Nasrudin, is your religion orthodox?” “It all depends,” said Nasrudin, “on which bunch of heretics is in power.”

  • Heresy and orthodoxy are worldly distinctions.
  • Powerful men all have the same religion.
  • God sometimes makes lucky heretics.
  • Even heretics can be hypocrites.
  • Orthodox is paradox.
  • No-one can say with certainty which faction is right.
  • Religion is politics, not spirituality.



“Let us toss a coin and see who is right?” “Certainly,” said Nasrudin, “heads I win, tails you lose.”

  • Smooth talkers get their way.
  • Sometimes, you just can’t win.


Last Wishes

Nasrudin is with his cronies drinking coffee:

They are discussing death, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?”

The first crony says, “I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man.”

The second says, ” I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”

Nasrudin says, ” I would like to hear them say… LOOK!! HE’S MOVING!!!”

  • Never give up hope.
  • Dead men cannot hear.
  • Be sure you understand the question before you choose your answer.
  • Pay attention only to the real issue.
  • The best last wish is, that these wishes wont be the last.
  • Die before you die.


Wisdom from the Hidden Realms

Two children found a bag containing twelve marbles. They argued over how to divide the toys and finally went to see the Mulla. When asked to settle their disagreement, the Mulla asked whether the children wanted him to divide the marbles as a human would or as Allah would.

The children replied, “We want it to be fair. Divide the marbles as Allah would.”

So, the Mulla counted out the marbles and gave three to one child and nine to the other.

  • What Allah sees as fair and what men see as fair is not necessarily one and the same.
  • Accept what you receive.
  • Do not compare yourself to others in terms of what is fair.
  • Life is not equally fair to everyone. Nor are humans equal to each other.
  • We don’t always understand the bigger picture, so we should accept what life gives us.


Wearing other people’s hat

“Nasrudin, why is it people laugh at you?”

“Well,” said Nasrudin, “Think of me as a turban. The nature of laughter exposes the false. If people laughed at themselves they would feel naked. Therefore I provide them with a ‘head covering’.”

“But Nasrudin, they are still naked!”

“Shhhhh,” said Nasrudin smiling . . .

  • People need a teacher to help them learn more about themselves.
  • It is not only the Emperor who has no clothes.
  • If people are unable to laugh at themselves in order to learn, they can laugh at him instead and learn that way.


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