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The only truth.
Mulla Nasrudin was sitting in the coffee house, and bragging, as was his habit, about everything.
And he suddenly said, ”There is nobody more generous than me.”
And friends said, ”Nasrudin, this is too much! We have never seen any generosity in you. You have not even asked once for us to come to your home even for a cup of tea – what kind of generosity are you talking about?”
He said, ”Come, you all – the whole coffee house is invited to my house! I am going to give you a feast tonight. Everybody is invited, come all!”
He was so excited that he forgot all about his wife. The closer they came to home, the more his senses came back. He began feeling afraid. The whole day he had not been to the house. ”The wife must’ be angry!” In fact, he had gone to purchase vegetables in the morning. She must be in a rage by now. And now, not only is he coming without vegetables but with thirty people!
Just in front of the house, he said to his friends, ”Wait. You are all married people, you know, you understand. Let me go in first. Let me persuade my wife.”
They understood, they waited. Half an hour passed, one hour passed. It was getting late and they were feeling hungry. They said, ”What is the matter?” So they knocked on the door.
Mulla said to his wife, ”I have been a fool. I don’t know what madness took possession of me. I was just talking by the way about my generosity and I got into this stupidity, and I have invited these people. Now there is only one way: when they knock, you just go out and tell them that Mulla is not at home.”
But the wife said, ”You have come with them and they know.”
Mulla said, ”That I will take care of. You just go.”
So the wife went out. She said, ”What are you waiting for? Are you looking for Mulla Nasrudin? He is not at home.”
They said, ”This is too much. He had come with us! Thirty witnesses – he has gone in and we have not seen him going out either. He must be in!”
But the wife said, ”He is not in. You go home!”
But they started arguing and Mulla was hiding behind, and when the argument became too much and he saw that the wife is being defeated in the argument, he forgot. He came out and he said,
”Listen! He may have come with you, but there is a back door too – he may have gone by the back door. So what is the point of arguing?”
Now, he himself is saying that he may have gone by the back door. You cannot say ”I am not” – you cannot say ”I am not at home.” That will defeat your whole purpose. To say,”I am not,” you are needed.
The only undisputed reality is “I am”. Here ‘I am’, not in the sense of ‘ego’ but in the sense of ‘consciousness’.
1. The perfect master, vol.2 - Osho
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