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One of the most poignant & powerful Eastern tales , told & retold in caravanserais, souqs; dhows floating over the Arabian Sea. Touched by the magic of raw imagination, with power to alter one’s thinking processes & to consider what we know in new ways.

I’d like to draw attention to this remarkably moving story by an impressively resilient young man, Duke Tate.


Nasrudin moved into a new house. The postman called and said: 'I hope that you are satisfied with the mail deliveries.' 'More than satisfied,' said Nasrudin, 'and, in fact, from tomorrow you may double my order.'

The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin

Why early education in the mother tongue or bilingually is so important: "Socially and educationally, the child learns faster through [the mother tongue] than through an unfamiliar language"

Q: What is a fundamental mistake of man's?
A: To think that he is alive, when he has merely fallen asleep in life's waiting-room.

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6 days ago

Aubrey Davis

Ignorance and Hate

Some of the greatest damage to man is done through ignorance. As soon as you know this, you cannot hate. When the ‘worst’ people are ignorant, not malicious, how can you dislike them, or hate them, or hate the lesser malefactors, those who are deliberately destructive? The only thing that should be hated is hatred.

Knowing How to Know
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2 weeks ago

Aubrey Davis

Letter from a Queen

Mahmud of Ghazna was a great Afghan conqueror of the tenth century whose very name struck terror into the hearts of the Persians and the Indians.
When the ruler of Persian Iraq died, his wife Seada took over the province as regent. Mahmud wrote to her demanding tribute, under the threat of invasion.
This is the letter which the Queen-Mother sent back to Ghazni:
‘While my husband was alive I was in fear of the great king Mahmud, who has overrun Persia and India. Now I have no fear. I know that such a monarch would never send an army to combat a woman.
‘If he were to fight me, I would resist to the end. If I were to win, I would be renowned for evermore. But if the Sultan Mahmud were to prevail – men would merely say that he had defeated an old woman.
‘Because I realise that the Sultan is too wise a man to lay himself open to either of these alternatives, I am not afraid of what may happen.’
Sultan Mahmud the Idol-Breaker, when he read this message, was so impressed that he swore never to invade Iraq while the Queen lived.

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You will never reach Mecca, I fear: for you are on the road to Turkestan.
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3 weeks ago

Aubrey Davis


Un monje le dijo a Nasrudín:
“Yo soy tan desapegado que nunca pienso en mí mismo: sólo en los demás.”
Nasrudín respondió:
“Yo soy tan objetivo que puedo verme a mí mismo como si yo fuera otra persona; de modo que puedo permitirme pensar en mí mismo.”

Las sutilezas del inimitable Mulá Nasrudín
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