So Sure

Nasruddin was inspecting a house he wanted to buy. The home’s next-door neighbor noticed, walked over, and began telling him how great of a house it was.

When he finished talking, Nasruddin remarked, “Well, what you’re saying might be true, but there is one drawback to living here that you neglected to tell me about.”

“What’s that?”

“A nosey neighbor!“


Albert Einstein once said, "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."

One is so sure about the people in one's life, specially the people with whom one has more interactions.  That is the people who are our near one's.  In that way their life is living near our life.  They are our neighbors in life.  But how can we be so sure about anyone.  If we just mind our own minds then we may realize that we cannot be sure about anything about ourselves also.  You cannot speak even a single word about yourself.  You are the Truth.  But that Truth is so subtle, that nothing can be uttered about it.  Then how do we have so many sure ideas about others?

Only fools can be certain.  Bertrand Russell has said,  "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.  "

An unasked for advice is almost always self centered.  The neighbor is showing his prickliness. To stay around with such neighbors is of course a negative thing.

The Town Gossip: “Nasruddin, I just saw some men delivering a huge tub of stew.”

Nasruddin: “What’s it to me?”

The Town Gossip: “They were taking it to your house.”

Nasruddin: “What’s it to you?”

Whatever you have in the subconscious it is such gossip.  It would be better to let it be empty.

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