Mulla Nasruddin - Delivers a Semon

Once Mulla Nasruddin was invited to deliver a sermon. When he got on the pulpit, he asked, "Do you know what I am going to say?"

The audience replied, "No."

So he announced, "I have no desire to speak to people who don't even know what I will be talking about!" and left.

The people felt embarrassed and called him back again the next day. This time, when he asked the same question, the people replied yes.

So Nasruddin said, "Well, since you already know what I am going to say, I won't waste any more of your time!" and left.

Now the people were really perplexed. They decided to try one more time and once again invited the Mulla to speak the following week.

Once again he asked the same question, "Do you know what I am going to say?"

Now the people were prepared and so half of them answered "yes" while the other half replied "no".

So Nasruddin said "Let the half who know what I am going to say, tell it to the half who don't, and left."


No one can ever speak that ultimate Truth.  That Truth can neither be spoken nor felt or sensed in any way and still in all the things spoken, felt or sensed that ultimate Truth can reflect.

Mulla Nasrudin, who was really unaccustomed to public speaking, arose in confusion after

dinner and muttered hesitatingly: "M-m-my f-f-friends, when I came here tonight only God and

myself knew what I was about to say to you AND NOW ONLY GOD KNOWS!"

Another one,

Nasrudin struck up a conversation with a stranger.

At one point, he asked, “So how’s business?”

“Great,” the other replied.

“Then can I borrow ten dollars?”

“No. I don’t know you well enough to lend you money,”.

“That’s strange,” replied Nasrudin. “Where I used to live, people wouldn’t lend me money because they knew me; and now that I’ve moved here, people won’t lend me money because they don’t know me!“

Truth is neither known nor unknown.  Cannot say know it, cannot say do not know it.  Better to remain silent.  That becomes the sermon - this is Nasruddin's way of delivering the sermon.

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