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Story of the Locksmith – Sufi Story By Idries Shah

Story of the Locksmith

Once there lived a metalworker, a locksmith, who was unjustly accused of crimes and was sentenced to a deep, dark prison. After he had been there awhile, his wife who loved him very much went to the King and beseeched him that she might at least give him a prayer rug so he could observe his five prostrations every day. The King considered that a lawful request, so he...
The Cat Is Wet – Spiritual Story By Idries Shah

The Cat Is Wet

Nasrudin took a job as watchman. His master called him and asked whether it was raining. I have to go see the Sultan, and the dye on my favourite cloak is not fast. If it is raining, it will be ruined. Now, Nasrudin was very lazy; and, besides, he prided himself upon being a master of deduction. The cat had just streaked in...
The Shortcut – Spiritual Story By Idries Shah

The Shortcut

Walking home one wonderful morning, Nasrudin thought that it would be a good idea to take a short cut through the woods. Why, he asked himself, should I plod along a dusty road when I could be communing with Nature, listening to the birds and looking at the flowers? This is inded a day of days; a day for fortunate pursuits! So saying, he launched himself into the greenery. He had not gone very far, however, when...
Rope and the Sky – Sufi Story By Idries Shah

Rope and the Sky

A Sufi mystic stopped Nasrudin in the street. In order to test whether Nasrudin was sensitive to inner knowledge, he made a sign pointing to the sky. The Sufi meant, There is only one truth, which covers all. Nasrudin's companion, an ordinary man, thought...
Danger Has No Favorites – Sufi Story By Idries Shah

Danger Has No Favorites

A lady brought her small son to the Mulla's school. He is very badly behaved, she explained, and I want you to frighten him. The Mulla assumed a threatening posture, eyes flaming and face working. He jumped up and down, and suddenly ran out of the building...
The Alternative – Spiritual Story By Idries Shah

The Alternative

I am a hospitable man, said Nasrudin to a group of cronies at the teahouse. Very well, then - take us all home to supper, said the greediest. Nasrudin collected the whole crowd and started towards his house with them. When he was almost there, he said: I'll go ahead and warn my wife: You just wait here. His wife cuffed him when he told her the news. There is no food in the house - turn them away...

Hidden Depths

One day Mulla Nasrudin was in the market and saw birds for sale at five hundred reals each. My bird, he thoguht, which is larger than any of these is worth far more. The next day, he took his pet hen to market. Nobody would offer him more than fifity reals for it. The Mulla began to shout: O people! This is a disgrace! Yesterday you were...
Keeping the Tigers Away – Spiritual Story By Idries Shah

Keeping the Tigers Away

Nasrudin was throwing handfuls of crumbs around his house. What are you doing? someone asked him. Keeping the tigers away. But there are no tigers in these parts. That's right. Effective, isn't it?
The Fool – Sufi Story By Idries Shah

The Fool

A philosopher, having made an appointment to dispute with Nasrudin, called and found him away from home. Infuriated, he picked up a peice of chalk and wrote Stupid Oaf on Nasrudin's gate..
Food of the Cloak – Sufi Story By Idries Shah

Food of the Cloak

Nasrudin heard that there was a banquet being held in the near-by town, and that everyone was invited. He made his way there as quickly as he could. When the Master of Ceremonies saw him in his ragged cloak, he seated him in the most inconspicuous place far from the great table where the most important people were being waited on hand and foot...