Nasruddin Speaks: The Magical Mind of Idries Shah


It's All About Perspective.

Nasruddin sat on a river bank when someone called to him, "Hey, how do I get to the other side?" "You are on the other side, Nasruddin shouted back."

Illogical yet logical, rational yet irrational, bizarre yet normal, foolish yet sharp, simple yet profound are some of the paradoxes used to describe Mullah Nasruddin, the legendary, fictional character popularized by Sufi author Idries Shah.

Nasruddin was riding along one day when his donkey took fright at something in its path and started to bolt. As he sped past them at an unaccustomed pace, some countrymen called out: "Where are you going so fast?" Nasruddin shouted back, "Don't ask me, ask my donkey!"

The tales of Nasruddin are generally told in short vignettes, rich with allegory, metaphor, irony and often humor that illuminate the mystical dimension of Sufism, an aspect of Islamic faith.

The tales do more than simply tell a story. They engage us with the goal of changing our perspective and changing, in turn, how we think.


"When I was in the desert," said Nasruddin one day, "I caused an entire tribe of horrible and bloodthirsty bedouins to run." "However did you do it?" "Easy. I just ran, and they ran after me."

Mullah Nasruddin embraces an apocalypzian view of the End of Days...

A philosopher asked Nasruddin, "Do you know when the end of the world will be?" "Of course," said Nasruddin, "when I die that will be the end of the world." "When you die?," asked the philospher. "...are you sure?" Nasruddin replied, "It will be for me, at least."

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Apocalypse Soon: Down for the Long Count

Apocalypse Soon: Down for the Long Count

end of days

The Mayan civilization suggests that you cancel Christmas this coming 2012.
On the winter solstice of that year, the Ancients have predicted that the Earth, Sun and the center of the galaxy will align with cataclysmic consequences.

The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, used by the ancient Mayans, is non-repeating and its end date is December 21, 2012. That's it. Fini. End of story. Fuggeddaboutit...

Survey Says...
A recent poll at indicates that almost one-half of visitors to the site see some kind of catastrophic event in the offing in 2012. One of every six people surveyed are banking on the end of the world as we know it and nearly as many are holding out for a global spiritual awakening. Biblical Rapture, cited by 7% of respondents, was beaten out by an alien invasion at 9%.


The End of Days
A poll of a broader audience, conducted in August 2009 by
ABC News, found that about one of every six people believe that December 21, 2012 will be catastrophic. One of every three persons surveyed said that the End of Days will come through divine intervention.

What are the seven Signs of the Apocalypse?
Who knows? The Bible is rife with apocalyptic signposts but there's no shortlist summary. But as anyone who has read the
Left Behind series of novels understands, The Rapture and that irrepressible Antichrist loom large as Holy Harbingers of terrible things to come.

Mother Earth isn't getting much credit lately.
Between predictions of being ripped apart by cosmic forces, raptured by heavenly hosts and heated to boiling point by a carbonic pressure cooker, people are quick to write Earth's epitaph.

We Apocalypzians are betting against those odds.
We believe the Earth can take a licking and keep on ticking.

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