The Pleasantries of the Incredible

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This delightful collection of teaching stories in which Mulla Nasrudin is the main actor is both an outstanding anthology of humor and a book of Sufi wisdom. Here are stories by the Sufi masters Rumi, Jami, and Attar, plus others collected by Idries Shah from the Persian, Afghan, Turkish, and Arabic cultures.
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Overview

This delightful collection of teaching stories in which Mulla Nasrudin is the main actor is both an outstanding anthology of humor and a book of Sufi wisdom. Here are stories by the Sufi masters Rumi, Jami, and Attar, plus others collected by Idries Shah from the Persian, Afghan, Turkish, and Arabic cultures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140193572
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,010,058
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin - Idries Shah Introduction
The Reason
Eating his money
The use of a light
Why don't you?
Prudence
Assumptions
Just suppose...
Alternate crop
Tit for tat
Whose servant am I?
Inscrutable Fate
The Answer
Idiots
If Allah wills it
A great thought
The Exploit
The Hunt
Both, Your Majesty!
Forgotten himself
Not so difficult
Obligation
Fixed ideas
There is a different time-scale
Man bites dog - that's news
Just as well I came along
Strange that you should ask...
Avoid entanglement
How foolish can a man be?
Cause and effect
That's why they bunged it up
The burden of guilt
Description of the goods
More useful
Which is my half?
Learn how to learn
Face the facts
Congratulations
Too-obvious principles
When you face things alone
The roles of Man
Dry in the rain
What is real evidence?
Behind the obvious
Objectivity
Nobody complains...
How far can you usefully be from the truth?
I believe you are right!
It appears to be thou!
Ladder for sale
Why camels have no wings
The gold, the cloak and the horse
Give him time
The Yogi, the Priest and the Sufi
Remembering
Refutation of the Philosophers
ASk me another
The Reward
The high cost of learning
The spiritual teacher
Hot soup, cold hands
A word for it
Science
A question is an answer
Aren't we all?
The value of truth
Take no chances
Guess what?
The Merchant
Don't run away with the idea...
The Chickens
Prayer is better than sleep...
What is to be
The Logician
Once bitten
Good news
The dog at his feet
Facts are facts
Not to be taken away
Not as easy as it seems
Repetitiousness
Never miss a bargain
The omen that worked
The Change
The value of a desire
When to worry
Or else...
How long is too long?
Anachronism
No time to waste
Altruism
Perhaps there is a road up there
The Announcement
What is above and what is below...
The Speculator
Louder than an ox
I did not start it
In the mosque
Eggs
Allah will provide
The School
Clairvoyance
Invisible extension
Mistaken identity
Deductive reasoning
Let it be wheat
The Genius
Why?
It is what he says that counts
What will he find?
Just for the asking
We come and we go
The Karkrujami
The smell of a thought
The Burglar
A matter of time, not place
All in my wife's name
Waiting for the yeast to rise
Even fire
Later than you think
On his own
Limits of perception
Which way round?
The milkman's horse
What is it all for?
Pyramid expert
Where I sit
Anyone can do it that way
Life and death
A penny less to pay
Why ask me?
The Daughters
All included
Why shouldn't they mourn?
Not worth keeping
The Physician
Appetite
The Secret
Maximum capacity
Battle of the sexes
At the frontier
Try anything once
Seven with one stroke
Raw material
Catch your rabbit
Pity the poor natives
How far is far enough?
Economic law
Private property
Tie up below!
Fire
Instinct
The question contains its answer
Nosebags and donkeys
The Mulla's dream
The King spoke to me
Nobody really knows
Truth
Last year's nests
Head and heels
Just in case
Old graves for new
Nasrudin's will
Incomplete
The Mulla's tomb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    The Incredible, Incomprehensible, Mulla

    Why would anyone read these stories about this inconsistent, incomprehensible mulla? This guy who is stupid and vain, insightful and wise, at the same time. Because 'he is us' as we are in our own present and potential states. By persistent study -- without dissection -- it is possible to see the patterns in these stories reflected in our own lives. Shah published these stories from original sources over 30 years ago. With all the 'teaching story' material published since then they stand out as the real stuff for those that want it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2004

    wisdom cartoons

    This edition is the only one still in print of Idries Shah's four collections of Nasrudin jokes that retains the quizzical cartoons drawn by Richard Williams and Errol Le Cain. They alone are worth more than the price of the book!

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