HOW TO DEAL WITH VIP CULTURE
A Mulla Nasrudin Story
Nowadays, thanks to the name dropping game and prevalent VIP Culture, everybody wants to be a “somebody” - yes, every individual wants to be a VIP or even a VVIP.
How does an ordinary citizen (the aam aadmi) deal with this proliferating VIP Culture?
Maybe this Mulla Nasrudin Story gives us a clue.
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 these places where you are sitting 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 Mulla 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.
Maybe it is best to be a “nobody” rather than a “somebody”, for 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 15 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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Very thought provoking post indeed Sir. Ego is the root of many of the problems faced by humans. If only everybody was to shun and ignore it, the world would become a much better place to live in.
Have a look at my take on the ego, the word 'I'
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