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|Why we are here|
|04/08/01 at 00:09:07|
|how's this funny?|
Why we are here
Walking one evening along a deserted road, Nasruddin saw a troop of horsemen rapidly approaching. His imagination started to work; he saw himself captured or robbed or killed and frightened by this thought he bolted, climbed a wall into a graveyard, and lay down in an open grave to hide.
Puzzled at his bizzare behaviour, the horsemen - honest travellers - followed him.
They found him stretched out, tense, and shaking.
"What are you doing in that grave? We saw you run away. Can we help you? Why are you here in this place?"
"Just because you can ask a question does not mean that there is a straightforward answer to it," said Nasruddin, who now realized what had happened. "It all depends upon your viewpoint. If you must know, however, I am here because of you - and you are here because of me!" [sub] [This post was modified by Saleema on 04/08/01 at 00:09:07]
|Re: Why we are here|
|04/08/01 at 12:44:24|
|[slm] Here is another story, with a commentary I found on the web by R. Ornstein about how these "jokes" are to be used as a teaching exercise...|
[color=blue]A good teaching story shows us the world, or ourselves, differently. A good story will have levels of meaning. On first reading, you know something's there because of your reaction -- a smile, a shudder, a laugh, a groan -- yet the strength of the story is not always obvious or immediately visible.
A man was walking home late one night when he saw the Mulla Nasrudin searching under a street light on hands and knees for something on the ground. "Mulla, what have you lost?" he asked.
"The key to my house," Nasrudin said.
"I'll help you look," the man said.
Soon, both men were down on their knees, looking for the key.
After a number of minutes, the man asked, "Where exactly did you drop it?"
Nasrudin waved his arm back toward the darkness. "Over there, in my house."
The first man jumped up. "Then why are you looking for it here?"
"Because there is more light here than inside my house."
The Questions that arise from the story:
What are you looking for?
Where are you looking for it?
Are you looking in a place where there's a lot of light?
Contemplate this question: What is your key? What ideas come up?
Say, "I have lost my key." How does that question make you feel? What does it mean to you? Where does it take you?
Then say, "My key is in my own house." Where does that take you and how does it make you feel?
The deeper level story can be put together as:
"I am looking for my key -- which I really know is in my own house -- in places where I know the key is not but where there is more light."[/color]
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