Thursday, February 3, 2011


Here is my all time favourite Mulla Nasrudin Story

One blistering afternoon, under the blazing sun, people saw Mulla Nasrudin crawling on his knees in the middle of a road in broad daylight frantically searching for something.

The crowd observed him curiously for some time and then an inquisitive man asked him, “What are you searching for, Mulla?”

“I have lost my key” replied Mulla Nasrudin.

Being of a helping nature the man joined Mulla Nasrudin in searching for the lost key and soon there were a large number of people on all fours searching for the elusive key. 

An extensive search was carried out but the key was not found, so someone in the crowd asked Nasrudin, “Mulla, do you remember where you lost the key?” 

“I lost the key in basement of my house,” replied Mulla Nasrudin matter-of-factly.

“What? You lost the key in the basement of your house?” the astonished crowd asked, “Then why are you searching for the key here in the middle of the road?” 

“Because there is more light here,” replied the wise Mulla Nasrudin, matter-of-factly. 

This short Mulla Nasrudin Teaching Story is symbolic. 
Everybody is looking for their key. The key to happiness, the key to bliss, the key to freedom, the key to God, the key to peace, the key to success..
And everyone seems to be searching for their elusive "key" in the wrong places. 

Most of us look for the key outside. 
The key is sought in Power, Wealth, Fame, Material and Intellectual Achievement, Success, or relationships like love marriage, parenting, friendship, appreciation, approval of others etc, all of which are outside you. 
Much light seems outside. 
Very few look for the key within. 
We must remember that we have lost our key within us and so we nust search for our key indside us by reflection and introspection.  

The concept of teaching stories is embodied in the tales of the inimitable Mulla Nasrudin narrated by Sufis to illustrate aspects of human behaviour which are relevant to both our personal and professional lives. 

The first step to self-growth is to try to identify yourself in these stories and to acknowledge that you too could be as foolish or as lacking in discernment as the characters in these classic tales. And then it will be easy for you to imbibe the wisdom in these tales.
Wishing you Enlightenment...! 
May you discover your “key”.

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VIKRAM KARVE educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale, and Bishop's School Pune, is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, a Human Resource Manager and Trainer by occupation, a Teacher by vocation, a Creative Writer by inclination and a Foodie by passion. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. He has written a foodie book Appetite For A Stroll and a book of Fiction Short Stories which is being published soon and is busy writing his first novel and with his teaching assignments. Vikram lives in Pune with his family and pet Doberman girl Sherry, with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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