Nazrudin's lost key!


There is a story that illustrates these ideas from Sufi teachings. One dark night, Nazrudin the Mullah was on his hands and knees under a lamp searching for something. A group of his neighbours came over to see what was happening.

"What have you lost, Nazrudin?", said one of his neighbours." "My door key."
The others got down on their hands and knees and searched for the key. After a long unsuccessful search, one said: "We've looked everywhere. Are you sure you dropped it here?"
Nazrudin looked him in the eye and answered: "Of course I didn't drop it here. I dropped it outside my door."
"Then why are you looking for it here!" One snapped.
"Obviously!" He said. "Because there's more light here."

This story has a personal relevance. Psychologists justified their studying rats, by saying that in human studies they could not be sure how the differences in the person's experience, genetic endowments, recent history, etc., played in the results of scientific experiments. By using rats, the psychologists reasoned, they would obtain results that would be more scientific, because they could control the rats' genetics and past experience, so the research would be more reliable. The researcher could control all these factors in rats, but not in the case of humans. On reading the above story I thought of this. No matter how much easier it is to search for something in the wrong place, you will never find it. Unless you look in the right place, even if to do so is much more difficult, you will not find what you are looking for.

Many people who claim to teach Personal Development use techniques that belong to one or the other of these aspects but not to the others. They fall into the trap, that Nazrudin taught us about. The techniques used may enable one to attain part of the goals of life, but not the others.

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