Osho on Mulla Nasrudin stupidity and wisdom
Question - What is the most stupid thing Mulla
Nasrudin ever did?
He is not going to die before me; I cannot afford that. So, I cannot say. When I am gone, he will also be gone. Then you can think about it. Much research will be needed. Mulla Nasruddin is not a person; he is the whole humanity. He is you; he is you, all together. Whatsoever you can do, Mulla can do more stupidly. He is perfect!
Whatsoever any human being can do, he can do more perfectly. He is your stupidity. And if you can understand it you will laugh and you will weep also. You will laugh at the ridiculousness of it and you will weep that that ridiculousness is yours. When you laugh at Mulla Nasruddin, remember, you are laughing at yourself. He just brings you face to face with whatsoever you are, so that it can be encountered.
Mulla Nasruddin is not new; he’s an old Sufi device. There are stories which are one hundred, two hundred, even three hundred years old, around Mulla Nasruddin. He is an old device. There have been many claims to whom Mulla Nasruddin belongs. The Russians say he belongs to them. They have a gravestone which proves that he belongs to them. Iranians say he belongs to them. Arabs say he belongs to them. In Bukhara, they have a place dedicated to Nasruddin’s memory.
He has been all over the world. In fact, wherever
there is stupidity, there is Mulla Nasruddin. He belongs to all; nobody
alone can claim him. And I say that he is still alive. He may have died
in one country but he is resurrected in another. Many times, I myself
have seen him dying and the next day he knocks on my door. It is
Just the other day it happened.... He was sitting at
his grocery store and I was by his side. A tiny, fastidious woman came
at rush-hour and she upturned the whole grocery store. For hours she
bothered and bored Nasruddin. Only after hours of struggle could he
satisfy her; she finally purchased what she wanted and was satisfied.
You should not just laugh and forget them; you should make them a part of your understanding. And then you will see Mulla Nasruddin arising many times within yourself – acting, behaving. And then you will be able to laugh. And if you can laugh at yourself, you have laughed for the first time.
Source: from Osho Book "The True Sage"
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