Mulla Nasruddin was a Seljuq satirical Sufi, believed to have lived & died during the 13th century in Akşehir, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today’s Turkey. He is considered a populist philosopher & wise man, remembered for his funny stories & anecdotes.
The Nasruddin stories are known throughout the Middle East & constitute one of the strangest achievements in the history of metaphysics. Superficially, most of the Nasruddin stories may be used as jokes. They are told & retold endlessly in the teahouses & caravanserais, in the homes & on the radio waves, of Asia.
But it is inherent in a Nasruddin story that it may be understood at any of many depths. There is the joke, the moral – and the little extra which brings the consciousness of the potential mystic a little further on the way to realization.