Nasr’ rudin’s University

Once Nasr’ rudin proclaimed he was going to establish a university. His friends asked him what he would teach.

“Well, I will teach my students some theology, some philosophy, and how to wash behind their necks.”

His friends scratched their beards and said, “Hoca efendi, we understand your desire to teach theology. After all, to study the ways of Allah is the highest form of study one can undertake. And philosophy, the wisdom of man, is the second greatest form of study. But what is this about ‘washing behind the neck’?”

“Well,” Nasr’ rudin replied, “if my students do not learn how to deal with what they cannot see, neither theology nor philosophy will do them any good.”

So, how have you been doing washing the back of your neck? What do you do to help you become aware of what you cannot see?


About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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2 Responses to Nasr’ rudin’s University

  1. Nancy says:

    A head scratcher. Is it possible to become aware of what you cannot see by seeing what is going on around you? As long as there are people who feel abandon, are struggling, treated poorly I want to be part of the change. I haven’t done anything huge and news worthy, but just daily small things. Sometimes it doesn’t work very well but I usually do not know until I do it.

  2. Darryl Willis says:

    Nancy, I think what you present is a paradox, but certainly not a contradiction.

    I also think that it is in the daily small things that the unseen work of God is demonstrated. I have been told the rabbis say the good things we do today are the seeds that grow into the trees of the new Eden.

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