If I were You

One winter Nasrudin rode high into the mountains in search of firewood. After a day of exhausting work, he finally had enough branches piled on his donkey to return home. But soon, he could stand the biting cold no longer. Thanking God for the fact that he at least had wood for a fire, he set light to the bundles on the donkey’s back. With a bray of alarm, the beast galloped off at full speed.

‘If I were you,’ Nasrudin hollered after the animal, ‘I’d jump in the nearest river!’

The World of Nasrudin Idries Shah, Octagon Press

A river in the winter

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