IT IS BEST TO BE A NOBODY
A Mulla Nasrudin Story
Nowadays, thanks to the name dropping and VIP culture, everybody wants to be a “somebody”.
Little do they realize that it is best to be a “nobody” as this Mulla Nasrudin story illustrates:
Mulla Nasrudin decided to attend a grand reception given by the King to which he had not been invited.
He pompously entered the VIP area and seated himself at the foremost elegant chair.
The Chief Usher approached Mulla Nasrudin and said: “Sir, this is the VIP enclosure and those places are reserved for Guests of Honour.”
“Oh, I am more than a mere guest,” replied Nasrudin confidently.
“Oh, so are you a diplomat…?”
“Far more than that…” replied Nasrudin haughtily.
“Really…? So you are a Minister, perhaps…?”
“No, bigger than that too….” Nasrudin said pretentiously.
“Oho…! So you must be the King himself, Sir…” said the Chief Usher sarcastically.
“Higher than that…” Nasrudin said ostentatiously.
“What…? Are you higher than the King…? Nobody is higher than the King…!”
“Now you’ve got it right. I am nobody…!” said Nasrudin.
Dear Reader, think about it.
What is the moral of the story?
Why is it that a nobody is higher than a King, higher than all so-called VIPs?
This is because real Elevation of the Self comes through the Abandonment of Ego.
That's the message of this story - Just drop your Ego and see how you truly rise.
Yes, if you try to be a “somebody” you can always fall, but if you are a “nobody” you will always rise.
Let this wisdom perambulate in your mind and have a nice day.
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About Vikram Karve
A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 14 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.
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Nice story,Sir---Abandonment of Ego! I was always fond of ur Mulla Nasrudin stories,scply the red chillies one!!
Thanks Munmun - I trust you are doing well in your career. You must find time to blog more and nurture your creative side.
PS - I am so glad you still remember the Mulla Nasrudin "Chillies" Story
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