- Nasrudin had a small meeting place, where people gathered for evenings
of poetry and music. The priest of a neighboring temple, upset by the
growing popularity of the place, screamed at nasrudin:
"You cheat! People regard you as a teacher, and spiritual guide. But
what are your achievements?! Our founder was such a holy man, that
once, when a huge body of water separated him from his desired
destination, he simply put his straw mat on the waves and it caried
him safely to the other shore. And you? What miracles can you
"My miracles are simple," replied nasrudin. "when I am hungry, I eat.
When I am tired, I sleep. And when I am insulted - I forgive!"
- Mullah Nasrudin organized a group that met regularly to discuss
meditation and other spiritual matters. A religious leader from a
nearby temple soon became very upset by the growing popularity of
Nasrudin's group and the lessening of his own flock. One night he
burst into the meeting and yelled at Nasrudin "You are a cheat, a
thief, and a fool. And yet you claim to be a spiritual guide. But what
have you ever done that was great? Our founder was such a wonderous
and holy man, that when he had to cross a body of water, he just put
his prayer rug on the water, got on, and it immediately carried him to
the other shore. And what miracles can you perform?"
Nasrudin replied "My miracles are that when I am tired, I sleep. When
I am hungry, I eat. And when I am insulted - I forgive!"