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Teach Us Your Wisdom

Nasrudin arrived at a village far from his own home, and found that his reputation as a great teacher had preceded him.
The Villagers assembled and their spokesman said:
‘Teach us your wisdom, great Nasrudin.’
‘Very well,’ said the Mulla, ‘but first of all let me suggest something useful to you. Would you like that unsightly hill opposite the village removed, so that you might enjoy the cool breezes which it now interrupts?’
The villagers were delighted at the proposal.
‘Now,’ said Nasrudin, ‘bring me a rope long enough to encircle the hill, with some left over.’
After months of weaving the villagers produced the rope.
‘Just put the rope around the hill, lift it up and put it on my back, so that I can take it away,’ said Nasrudin.
‘This is ridiculous,’ said the villagers, ‘how can we lift a hill?’
‘How can I carry it away unless you do?’ asked Nasrudin.
‘It is the same problem when you ask me to teach you my wisdom.’

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Instant Reading

A certain famous Fakir was claiming in the village that he could teach an illiterate person to read by a lightning technique.
Nasrudin stepped out of the crowd:
‘Very well, teach me- now.’
The Fakir touched the mulla’s forehead, and said: ‘Now go home immediately and read a book.’
Half an hour later Nasrudin was back in the market-place, clutching a book. The Fakir had gone on his way.
‘Can you read now, Mulla?’ the people asked him.
‘Yes, I can read- but this is not the point. Where is that charlatan?’
‘How can he be a charlatan if he has caused you to read without learning?’
‘Because this book, which is authoritative, says: ‘All Fakirs are frauds.’

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Wait until it gets you

One day Nasrudin was carrying plate of food to a needy man. A loutish joker tripped him up, and the Mulla lost his temper.
‘For that,’ he roared, ‘something terrible will happen to you!’
This startled the joker, who tripped over a rock and twisted his ankle. Feeling sorry for himself and repentant too, at such immediate punishment, he called out; ‘I am sorry, Nasrudin; but you see, I have had my deserts.’
‘Not at all,’ replied the Mulla smoothly, ‘that must have been a requital for one of your lesser misdeeds. When my curse hits you, you will be in no fit state even to apologise.’

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The Law is the Law

Mulla Nasrudin studied law under a tutor.
Since he had no money to pay for his lessons, the arrangement was that he would pay his fees as soon as he won a case.
But Nasrudin did not practice as an advocate.
The Tutor took the Mulla to court.
Nasrudin said, when the complaint had been heard:
‘Your honour. If I win the case, claiming that my tutor need not be paid- he will not get his money.
‘If, on the other hand, I lose, I shall not have to pay him, because I will not have won a case yet: he will not get his money.’
‘What other result is possible?’ asked the confused judge.
‘Case dismissed,’ said Mulla Nasrudin.

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