You cannot Deduce THAT

Nasruddin took a job as watchman. His master called him and asked whether it was raining. “I have to go see the Sultan, and the dye on my favorite coat is new. If it is raining, it will be ruined.”

Now, Nasruddin was very lazy; and, besides, he prided himself upon being a master of inference. The cat had just streaked in, soaked through.

“Master,” he said,” it is raining heavily.”

So the master dressed up in other clothes, went out, and found that there was no rain. The cat had been soaked by someone throwing water at it to shoo it away.

Nasruddin got fired. 


Watchman should be alert, should be watching things carefully.  That's the only work of a watchman.  You are also a watchman - watchman of your own happiness.  For you also the only thing that matters is to be alert.  A watchman is not required to get into action when something happens.  A watchman should be alert all the time.  In fact, if something happens it is almost the proof that watchman is not alert.

One may feel that being so alert may be the most arduous thing.  That's not the case.  The more one remains alert the more one gets the energy and the liking to remain alert.  Similarly, the more one remains lazy, the more one attracts laziness.  To be alert is not a difficult thing to do because there is nothing to do in remaining alert.  To be alert is one's most natural, simple state of being.  It is the laziness that we have courted that is the most foreign thing to us.

Once Nasruddin got on a public pedestal in the midst of market and asked,
"How many of you want to become extremely rich by a stroke of luck, in gaining knowledge and becoming successful without any hard labor, and in learning the truth without any effort?" 
Everyone in the crowd raised their hands, saying, "Oh Yes, please tell us how."  Nasruddin sheepishly smiled and says, "I do not know how.  I just wanted to know how many lazy people are there in the crowd."

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