Mullah Hodja Nasreddin was an enlightened man who lived in Iran circ. 13th century A.D. Having to exist amongst his Islam community he decided the only way to teach enlightenment was by making a fool of himself for the rest of his life. This is the dilemma of all men of true awakening that they are always born way ahead of their time and sometimes are forced to use expedient means to accomplish their mission of helping others see the essence within themselves.
Such was the case for Bodhidharma when he arrived in China during the early Christian Era (C.E.) and for the first three years he had to spend all his precious time learning Mandarin and then for the rest of his life had to teach the Chinese Kung Fu before he could teach them Zen as war was very important for them.
I will provide a joke herewith to show how men obsess with petty things and carefully avoid the concept of Spirituality and Enlightenment. Everywhere in the world, men care so much about petty morality but don’t give a rat’s ass about the state of their ignorance and spiritual sleep. This is not anything new for, this has always been the case since the way ignorance is convenient for the complacent.
“Mullah,” said the Friend, “I have been reading all those reports about smoking in the media. Do you really think that smoking will shorten your days?”
“I certainly do!” remarked Mullah, “I tried to stop smoking last summer and each of my days seemed as long as a month!”