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Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin (Picador Books) Paperback – Dec 1973

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (Dec. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330238078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330238076
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 May 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very happy with this new edition of the book and also the kindle edition.

As the book mentions: `The wise fool of Eastern folklore, Nasrudin teaches us to look at what we think we know and understand from the inside-out.'

For more context on the Nasrudin corpus it's worth reading the chapter about Nasrudin in `The Sufis' (also by Idries Shah).

Below is a story from the book. According to folklore when one Nasrudin story is told, seven more follow... so please leave another story in the comments below!

Here goes:

Adventures in the Desert

`When I was in the desert,' said Nasrudin one day, `I caused an entire tribe of horrible bloodthirsty bedouins to run.'

`However did you do it?'

`Easy, I just ran, and they ran after me.'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.S. on 20 May 2015
Format: Paperback
I'm guessing but I think that Shah would've approved of his work being available to readers via various contemporary means; book, e-book, and now audio book. It seems to fit with the 'scatter', or 'shotgun' approach to the dissemination of ideas, which he occasionally mentioned.

His notes on the nature of the tales, their potential diversity in application to thought and life, supply a manner of engaging with them that is much more fruitful than the automatic assumption that they are merely amusing stories from the mysterious East.

Another excellent work from Scotland's finest thinker.
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'I am here because of you and you are here because of me..'
That is something to think about.
These stories assist the mind to make sense of itself: Templates.
At the moment 'Learning The Hard Way' and 'The Value Of The Past' particularly appeal..
Learning the Hard Way.
If you tell somebody something in so many words it will like as not slide off him and not be absorbed. Practical methods are essential.
A fakir called Nasrudin down from the roof of his house on which he was working. When the Mulla got to the ground the man said:
`Give me alms.'
`Why did you not call up to me?' asked the Mulla.
'I was ashamed,' said the man.
'Don't have false pride,' said Nasrudin, 'come up to the roof.'
As soon as they got to the top of the house and Nasrudin had started his work again, he said to the man, 'No I have no alms for you.'
The Value of The Past.
Nasrudin was sent by the king to investigate the lore of various kinds of Eastern mystical teachers. They all recounted to him tales of the miracles and the sayings of the founders and great teachers, all long dead, of their schools.
When he returned home he submitted his report, which contained the single word `Carrots.'
He was called upon to explain himself. Nasrudin told the King: `The best part is buried; few know-except the farmer- by the green that there is orange underground; if you don't work for it, it will deteriorate; there are a great many donkeys associated with it.'
And one more... at random.
The Omen.
The king was in a bad mood. As he left the palace to go hunting he saw Nasrudin.
`It is bad luck to see a Mulla on the way to a hunt,' he shouted to his guards. 'Don't let him stare at me-whip him out of the way!'
They did so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ita on 8 July 2015
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I have been listening to the audio download, where Nasrudin's exploits are narrated by David Ault. He adopts a range of convincing voices to become the characters in the stories, from the light, gentle voice of a young girl to the deep, sonorous voices of respected older men. The voice he chose for Nasrudin was not one I had been expecting, but then I have learned that preconceptions about the wise fool are usually overturned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By neil on 13 Jun. 2015
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Brilliant. More insight to be gained here than from a whole pile of conventional psychology/philosophy/smart thinking books.
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