Emptiness, Fullness, and Spiritual Values
- Mulla Nasrudin was asked to give a talk about time management and how
to fit spiritual practise into a busy life schedule.
The Mulla began by pulling out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar.
He placed the jar on a table in front of him. Then Mulla produced about
a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into
the jar. As usual, people began to whisper and wonder why the Mulla
was doing something strange, as they'd come to expect of him, instead
of giving a talk like normal religious teachers did. When the jar was
filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, the Mulla asked,
"Oh people, is this jar full?"
The crowd in unison said, "Yes, Mulla."
"Really?" snarled Nasrudin. He reached under the table and pulled out
a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar,
causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces
between the big rocks. The Mulla then asked the group once more,
"Oh people, is the jar full now?"
By this time the class was onto him. "Probably not," one answered.
"Good!" replied the Mulla.
He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started
dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the
rocks and gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is it full now?"
"No!" the crowd shouted in unison.
Once again the Mulla said, "Good!"
Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the
jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked,
"Now tell me, oh people, what is the point of this illustration?"
One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "the point is that all
things, even though they seem full, are inherently empty of self."
"No!" snarled Nasrudin. "This is a Nasrudin story, not a Zen story,
you silly Buddhist. Anyone else want to try?"
Another eager beaver raised her hand and suggested, "is the point that
no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can
always fit some more stuff into it?"
"No," the Mulla replied. "That's not the point either. The truth this
illustration teaches us is that if we don't get our values straight
and attend to the biggest things of value to us in life first, we'll
never fit them in at all!"
- Yes, i haven't been receiving any mail either, here is one:
The King announced that he wants a teacher to teach a donkey how to read.
The teacher will be rewarded if successful but if he fails he will be
sentenced to death.
Nasrudin applied for the job. He asked the King to supply the donkey, 50
Dinars every month for his expenses and he said that it will take him 10
years to do the job.
A man asked Nasrudin: " i know that you won't be able to make good on your
promise, so how are you going to avoid the death penalty at the end of the
Nasrudin replied: "in 10 years either the donkey, myself or the King will
PS: This is one of the stories i read long time ago in Egypt. It was
written in Arabic (no copyrights)
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>Nasrudin complained: "Why is it that people who have money, never
share their good fortune with others?"
Nasrudin's donkey: "But Mullah, when you have money you never share
Nasrudin: "I never have any money. Besides I am always willing to
share what I do have - poverty."
Nasrudin's donkey: "Mullah why do you make not effort to accumulate
wealth and share it with others?"
Mullah: "I do not wish to deprive others of their efforts and
generosity of providing me with donations."
"Mullah is it better to give or to receive?"
Nasrudin: "It is a question of perspective: For you it is better to
give. From my perspective it is better to receive."
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