You are Right

Judge Nasruddin was listening to a case. After hearing the plaintiff present his side, Nasruddin remarked, “You’re right.”

Then, after the defendant had presented his case, Nasruddin again remarked, “Yes, you’re right.”

Nasruddin’s wife had been listening to the case, and remarked, “that doesn’t make any sense—how can both the defendant and plaintiff be right?”

“You know what?” Nasruddin responded. “You’re right, too!”


And we say to Mulla Nasruddin, "You're right". For Nasruddin everything is right.  Therefore, to see Nasruddin, a saint, as right is to for ourselves to see everything as right.  To see everything as right is to see everything as best.

When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer.

"Give me the best piece of meat you have," said the customer.
"Everything in my shop is the best," replied the butcher. "You cannot find here any piece of meat that is not the best."

At these words Banzan became enlightened. 

Everything is unconditionally the best.  This is the same enlightenment Nasruddin is trying to bring here.  But the situation is not of a casual market conversation.  The situation is of a conflict and hence even more need for an enlightened resolution.

Argumentatively, Nasruddin's wife is right.  But Nasruddin is not proclaiming the judgment as ordinary judges from the worldly standpoint.  From the higher viewpoint, from the meditative viewpoint everyone and every situation is right.  When Nasruddin says to his wife that you are right, it is also from that higher standpoint.  She is right in her arguments, so in worldly terms she is right too.  But currently Nasruddin is on a different level.   A judge who cannot raise to this level is not worthy to be a judge.

When one party has emptied oneself fully by putting all the arguments then Nasruddin says, this is your correct state.  The same he does for the other party.  When both are emptied out of their arguments and animosities, then the case is solved.  Nasruddin is making this delicate thing happen.

Mulla Nasruddin - the Master, is using the dispute as a tool to make the participants come at a higher level.  A real Master can use just about anything, even a dispute, to raise the standard of people.  It need not be that both would be able to raise their standards fully.  But to whatever extend they can, they will feel the beauty amidst the thorns.  Their eye is on the thorns, Nasruddin is making them see the flowers.

Disputes to many could be opportunity to score points.  But to a Master disputes represent a golden opportunity.  Because those who can solve their disputes amicably would have the best of blossoming relations going forward.

Two children found a bag containing fifteen marbles. They argued over how to divide the toys.  Finally they went to Nasruddin to settle their disagreement. 

Nasruddin asked, "You want the marbles to be divided as a human would or as a God would?"
The children replied, "We want it to be fair. Divide the marbles as God would."

So, the Mulla counted out the marbles and gave four to one child and eleven to the other.

If you are in that zone then this is an absolutely fair judgment.  But if you are not in that zone then even after having maximum marbles or even after having all the marbles one would be grumpy.

Jesus said, 'Love thy neighbor'.  Nasruddin goes further by saying, 'Love thy enemy'.  A neighbor is dear because he is near.  But extreme nearness also cannot obliterate duality.  From the standpoint of rightness, Nasruddin is saying, you are One even with your enemy.  Nasruddin is not asking to fight or flight.  He is simply making us come to that state in which any of the response is fine.

The real dispute is within.  The parties to dispute are not outside, they are divisions and confusions of our own mind.  Whenever he used to be in such a confused state, Nasruddin would bring in higher understanding and would see everything as right.  This is the real hidden meaning of this story.

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