They do it fully

One day, a man ran into village headman Nasrudin’s room and said, “I was just robbed at the border of this village! It must have been someone from here, and I demand justice! The robber took everything from me—my sword, my robe, my precious necklace, my boots, everything! I demand justice. You should arrange for giving me back all those things that I have been robbed off”

“Well now,” Nasrudin replied, “I see that you are still wearing you underwear—so the robber didn’t take that, did he?”

“No,” replied the man.

Nasrudin responded, “Then I am sure he was not from here, and thus I cannot investigate your case.”

“How can you be so sure?” the man asked.

“Because if he were from here, he would have taken your underwear as well. After all, we do things thoroughly around here!“


There are no half measures in spirituality.  Going half heartedly is dangerous.  Either one goes fully into it or one does not.  Either at this moment one is free from ego or one is not.  There is no way one can be 90% without ego at this moment.  It is always 0% or 100%.

Late one night, Nasrudin’s baby started crying.
Nasrudin’s wife turned to him and said, “Husband, go take care of the baby. After all, he is not only mine—he is also half yours.”

Nasrudin sleepily remarked, “You can go stop your half from crying if you want—but as for me, I will let my half continue to cry.”

When your mind cries, you either stop it fully or you do not.  You cannot have some part of it pacified and some part of it still crying. 

Even if an underwear remains on you then you will feel like having more clothes.  It means you would have a little trace of ego still left.  It would not be 100% wiped out.  In that case this little ego will become the seed for germinating and again growing to its gigantic proportions.

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