Sunday, February 24, 2013




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 and VVIP 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 and VVIPs? 

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”.

Because 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.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2013
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SayAli said...

Best lesson for the day vikram...
if you try to be a “somebody” you can always fall.

But if you are a “nobody” you will always rise.


Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Sayali - It is true isn't it? Better to be a Nobody any day as you will never have the fear of "falling" and can always hope to keep rising.