The Loan

A man was telling his friends in a teahouse:
‘I lent someone a silver piece, and I have no witnesses. Now I am afraid that he will deny that he ever had anything from me.’
The friends commiserated, but a Sufi who was sitting in the corner raised his head from his knee and said:
‘Invite him here and mention in conversation, in front of these people, that you lent him twenty gold pieces.’
‘But I only lent him one silver piece!’
‘That,’ said the Sufi, ‘is exactly what he will shout out – and everyone will hear him. You did want witnesses, did you not?’

Wisdom of the Idiots
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A Certain Clientele

‘I have just had an extraordinary dream,’ Nasrudin told his wife one morning. ‘I dreamt that I met a merchant with four separate loads.’ ‘What did he have in his saddle-bags?’ ‘In the first he had persecution and in the second, fear. In the third, intolerance, and in the fourth, blindness.’ ‘And who were his clients?’ asked his wife, intrigued. ‘Oppressors, tyrants, Imams, and magistrates.’

The World of Nasrudin

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La forma más frecuente adoptada por la manifestación de la decepción, es la bravuconada: “¿Cómo puede un chiste ser espiritual?”; “eso a mí no me suena muy profundo…”. Lo que realmente está ocurriendo es que el perplejo y por demás frustrado comentarista está de alguna manera en la misma posición que el niño con la mosca.

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How I lost my 25-year battle against corporate claptrap

For nearly a quarter of a century, I have been writing columns telling business people to stop talking rot. For the same amount of time they have been taking no notice.

The first example I can find comes from 1994 when I wrote an article mocking ugly business jargon, arguing that language had got so stupid that the pendulum must soon swing back and plain talking about business would shortly reassert itself. The words I objected to back then? Global, downsize, marketplace and worst of all, the mathematically nonsensical “110 per cent committed”.

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Nasrudín estaba sentado a una mesa de un café observando a dos hombres al lado de un agujero en el camino.
“¿En qué estás pensando, Mulá?” le preguntó un transeúnte.
“En lo holgazana que es la gente. He estado sentado aquí durante cuatro horas, y jamás le he quitado los ojos de encima a esos hombres. ¿Puedes creer que durante todo ese tiempo, ninguno de ellos ha hecho trabajo alguno?”

Nasrudín estaba sentado a una mesa de un café


Reivindicando a los otros musulmanes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

En una época en que las relaciones entre Oriente y Occidente parecen secuestradas por los fanáticos de ambos lados, recordemos la faceta más humana, compleja y sabia de la cultura islámica, que tiene una larga tradición de pensamiento sutil y avanzado, y está representada por el pensamiento sufí y los chistes de Nasrudín. Puede que los asesinos dominen los titulares, pero las noticias sólo cuentan ‘una’ verdad. Así que recuperemos el sentido común, autoconocimiento y humor; una receta digna de los mismos sufíes.

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