A neighbor comes to Nasreddin Hoja.
“Would you lend me your donkey today, Hoja?” the neighbor asks, “I have goods to transport to the next town.”
The Hoja answers: “I’m sorry, but I’ve already lent her to somebody else.”
Suddenly the donkey is heard braying loudly behind a wall.
“You lied to me, Hoja!” the neighbor exclaims, “There is the donkey!”
“What do you mean?” the Hoja replies indignantly, “Whom would you rather believe, a donkey or your Hoja?”
- Religious faith and direct experience may contradict, still the faith demands precedence.
- Religious faith and direct experience may contradict, and only a fool would cling to faith.
- The donkey represents the animal nature. Maybe the neighbor requires the exercise.
- One may someday have a choice between between a true Teacher–who seems wrong–or the braying of an ass–who seems right.
- Find the answer for yourself. Even if a Mullah tells you something, that does not mean it is true. Allahu Alam, God knows best.
- Religion is the first refuge of the scoundrel.
- Words can easily be used to trick a person into believing something.
- The ego is never truly destroyed but it can be ignored; the choice will always be yours.
- Follow the higher selves and ignore the braying of the ego.