The yogi and the wise fool



May 2017

Once upon a time on a balmy afternoon Nasrudin, the wise fool of the great Sufi tradition, passes in front of a cave in the forest, sees a yogi in deep meditation, and asks him what it is that he is seeking. The yogi returns to consciousness and replies thoughtfully, “I am contemplating the animals, and I learn many lessons from them which can transform a man’s life”. Listening to this Nasrudin says, “Teach me what you know. And I will teach you what I have learned, because a fish has already saved my life. "The yogi is surprised as he knows only a saint can have his life saved by a fish.

Upon this realisation he decides to teach everything he knows to Nasrudin in exchange for Nasrudin's great learnings When he finishes, Yogi says, "Now I have taught you everything, I would be proud to know how a fish saved your life? "With a silent chuckle, Nasrudin answers, “It is simple. I was almost dying of hunger when I caught it, and thanks to it I was able to survive three days."


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