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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...
Memento – Spiritual Story By Houman Farzad


Once, someone requested of Mulla Nasrudin: Give me your ring as a memento, so that whenever I look at it I will remember you. Mulla replied: You cannot have the ring. But...

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?
Strength to Change – Sufi Story By Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield

Strength to Change

Nasrudin was now an old man looking back on his life. He sat with his friends in the tea shop telling his story. When I was young I was firey - I wanted to awaken everyone. I prayed to Allah to give me the strength to change the world...
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...
Four In A Bed – Sufi Story By Houman Farzad

Four In A Bed

After his wife died, Mulla Nasrudin married a widow. But things did not go smoothly because Mulla constantly talked about his former wife and the woman constantly talked about her dead husband. One night, lying in bed, they began to...