The Mulla found a rusty coin by the roadside. He took it to the market, where a jeweller said: “This is a valuable antique”, and gave him five silver pieces for it. ” I’ll invest this in cloth”, thought Nasrudin. A merchant, anxious to get rid of some surplus material, sold him his entire stock of rough felt for five silver pieces. As soon as it was his, the buying agents of a certain king, about to start a military campaign and needing uniform fabric, bought it for a thousand silver pieces. While Nasrudin was counting his money, a silversmith, who had a special order to complete in a hurry, gave him five hundred gold pieces for the silver – far in excess of the value of the coins. Nasrudin took his gold and started homeward. Just at the gate of his house a robber held him up and took the bag of gold.
His wife came rushing to the door: “What was the extent of your loss, Mulla?” Nasrudin shrugged: “A rusty coin I picked up this morning”.
Here the Sage, Mulla, is trying to communicate something of essence to us. He seeks to show the flaws in businesses and how we take losses too seriously. All enlightened masters and mystics teach only one lesson all their lives: DETACHMENT. Detachment is the only source of happiness and fulfilment in everything one does. Whoever masters the art of detachment at a subtle level automatically masters life. Detachment has little to do with renunciation but everything to do with enlightenment and living a mentally and spiritual life. It is only when we detach from objects that we gain tremendous wisdom and transcence concerning those very objects.