Greed Unlimited

Mulla Nasruddin brought the invited guests to his home.  But the meal did not had meat.  He had given three pounds of meat to his wife to cook.  Now his wife says, "The cat ate all the meat". 

Nasruddin puts the cat on the scale.  The cat weighs three pounds.  So he says to his wife, "if this is cat then where is meat? And if this is meat then where is the cat?"


Cat here is the nature. We blame nature now for our problems. After devouring everything that nature can offer then we blame that nature took away everything and so others would remain without basic necessities.

Nasruddin's wife was responsible for making the meat eatable, for making the meat usable for other eligible people.  The reality turns out to be opposite.  She became instrumental in depriving others.  She is the energy in us which can be used both ways.  The same energy can be used to spread the wealth of this nature to all around.  Or the same energy can get transformed into greed which makes one a stressed liar and keeps others dry.

Man's greed know no end. It is this greed that makes us lie several times. We become very clever to aggrandize more and more.

An old Jew got a parrot from his sons after his wife died, to keep him company. One day he discovered that the parrot had heard him pray so often that it, too, had learned to pray.

The old man was so thrilled that he took his parrot to the synagogue on Jewish new year day. When he entered with the bird, the rabbi tried to stop. But when the old man told them all that the parrot could pray, they got interested.  They did not believed him. People started betting on whether the parrot would pray, and the old man happily took all the bets. The prayer started, but the bird remained silent. The prayer continued but not a word came from the bird. The prayer ended, and the old man was crestfallen.  He had to pay out all the bets.

On the way home he asked his parrot: “What did you do this to me? I know you can pray, you know you can pray, and I bet you can pray, and still you let me down!”

The parrot  said: “Hey, look ahead. Can you imagine what the odds will be when we go to the synagogue during next festival?”

Our cleverness, our forgeries may be lauded in this artificial society, but our lies would be caught in front of real intelligence like Mulla Nasruddin.

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