From The Subtleties of the Inimitable
Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah
Mulla Nasrudin was very ill, and everyone thought that he was going to die.
His wife dressed in mourning clothes and started to weep and wail.
Mulla Nasrudin alone was unperturbed.
'Mulla,' asked one of his disciples, 'how is it that you can face death with such calm, even laughing from time to time, while we who are not going to die are in torment lest you leave us?'
'Quite simple,' said Nasrudin. 'As I lie here looking at the lot of you, I say to myself, "They all look so terrible that I am almost sure the angel of Death will mistake at least one of them for his prey when he comes visiting -- and leave old Nasrudin here a while longer ... "'
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©Octagon Press, 1972 (ISHK Bookservice).
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