The fish who saved my life

Illustration by Ken Crane

 
Nasrudin is walking past a cave when he sees a yogi, deep in meditation, and he asks the yogi what he is searching for. The yogi says:
 
‘I study the animals and have learned many lessons from them that can transform a man’s life.’
 
‘A fish once saved my life,’ Nasrudin replies. ‘If you teach me everything you know, I will tell you how it happened.’
 
The Yogi is astonished; only a holy man could be saved by a fish. And he decides to teach Nasrudin everything he knows.
 
When he has finished, he says to Nasrudin:
 
‘Now that I have taught you everything, I would be proud to know how a fish saved your life.’
 
‘Very simple,’ says Nasrudin, ‘I was almost dying of hunger when I caught it and, thanks to that fish, I had enough food for three days.’

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  1. dalia says:

    i liked it very much :)

  2. This is so funny on the surface. I can’t help laughing and I even shared to a friend.

    But apparently the most obvious things are not really that obvious, because we are so in tuned for a more fantastic explanation we ready our selves to accept them and the more basic and simplest ones do seem so alien that we let our minds shy away from them.

  3. wany says:

    its very funny. just love your story.

  4. ruth hoppe says:

    thank you, i needed to laugh today.

  5. Arto Hutto says:

    In Swedish:

    Nasrudin vandrar förbi en grotta där han ser en yogi, djupt försjunken i meditation, och han frågar yogin vad han söker efter.

    Yogin säger:
    “Jag studerar djuren och har lärt många lärdomar från dem som kan förändra en människas liv.”

    “En fisk räddade en gång mitt liv,” svarade Nasrudin. Om du lär mig allt du vet, berättar jag hur det gick till.”

    Yogin häpnar, endast en helig man skulle kunna räddas av en fisk. Och han bestämmer sig för att lära Nasrudin allt han vet.

    När han är klar, säger han till Nasrudin:

    “Nu när jag har lärt dig allt, skulle jag bli stolt över att veta hur en fisk räddade ditt liv.”

    “Mycket enkelt”, säger Nasrudin, “jag höll nästan på att dö av svält när jag fångade den, och tack vare fisken, hade jag tillräckligt med mat i tre dagar.”

    More Paulo Coelho in Swedish: https://www.facebook.com/PauloCoelhoSverige

  6. cristina cabral says:

    Coisas simples são grande sabedoria, vamos prestar mais atenção.
    Paulo querido, obrigada sempre.

  7. Harry Nama says:

    This is a very nice write up. Is this a writers blog? I would also like to know if you review books. I came across this blog while searching for book blogs.

    1. Josh says:

      You should read his books if you haven’t. If you open your mind, they’re a life changer.

  8. toñi says:

    ¿qué os parece la idea de pescar almas en lugar de peces? podemos ser pescadores de almas pero no para comerlas sino para enseñarlas en lo que podamos. Quizás así también salvaremos nuestras vidas y las vidas de los demás.
    No quiero que nadie se enfade con lo que acabo de escribir, es simplemente una idea que me ha venido al pensamiento.
    Un abrazo a todos,
    Toñi.
    PS: a mi me gusta mucho el rape con champiñones en salsa y patatitas a rodajas.

    1. Un pobre pescad or says:

      La receta parece muy buena Toni ja ja ja :)
      Un abrazoo
      vamos a cantar despues
      Te gusta el Kariokay
      buena fin de semana

  9. Corina says:

    Read ”Iona” by Marin Sorescu.

  10. Lars Berewinkel says:

    Nice comment. Today is friday. On fridays fishes are normally eaten for dinner. I had no fish today..
    I like the ilustration very much!
    Thanx Paulo C.

  11. mita says:

    nice comment.it makes me lough.Thank you MR COELHO.

  12. toñi says:

    Si nos paramos a pensar, todo puede salvarnos la vida, incluso un pensamiento bien dirigido. Los árboles nos salvan la vida cada día porque gracias a ellos podemos respirar, el sol y la luz nos salvan la vida porque nos ayudan en la hidratación y oxigenación de nuestra piel, nuestros pensamientos positivos nos salvan la vida porque el sentir un poco de alegría o sonreir nos da fuerzas para seguir caminando, el agua también nos mantiene vivos. Sobre el pez, en esta historia, pudo salvar la vida del personaje de la historia, …pero si este personaje se hubiera alimentado de verdura y fruta también hubiera salvado su vida, hubiera ayudado a su estomágo en trabajar menos para hacer su digestión y hubiera mantenido su cuerpo con más vitalidad y energía porque si nuestro estómago se esfuerza más en digerir luego el cuerpo se siente más cansado. Podríamos rellenar hojas y hojas sobre como un ser vivo puede salvar su vida y como puede alimentarse, y sobre formas de pensar y de meditar. En fín, lo importante es aprender a disfrutar de las cosas sencillas y pensar simplificando y buscando lo esencial. Un saludo a todos,
    Toñi.

    1. Hector says:

      Toni: muy bonita refleccion! Saludos.

  13. Susana says:

    Thelma…hi. Yes, it is simplicity that has so much depth, I agree. Today I made a stressful situation complicated..I not only tied myself in knots but I forgot all that I”d learnt.. Toso apli den einai ..Alla borei na einai pio apli.. Trusting my intuition is guiding me…to the fish..Agape xx

  14. Heart says:

    Watching ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ I noticed the lead, Daniel Craig was chased by a woman who told him she could help him. He wanted nothing to do with her at first, till he finally gave in, and she ended up saving his life. It’s funny how it often take us a long time to realize what we need in life. Daniel Craig, in the movie, was so attached to the memory of his lost wife, that he couldn’t move to love someone else. Sometimes we refuse to eat fish, even when it may save our life. Thank God I was brought up to eat plenty of fish! hahaha True story.

  15. Simple but clever. It pays to live without expectation sometimes. Angela.

  16. Marie-Christine says:

    ‘The Inner Master is ‘simple’ everything else is complicated.’

    I Love you
    Marie-Christine
    :D

  17. Tarek says:

    Simple is mostly beautiful and beautiful is mostly the simple! “The role is that the world is simple and beautiful, when it gets complicated and not beautiful (ugly) then there is something went wrong” I forgot who said that probably J. Hillman.

  18. Atreyu says:

    Al parecer un sabio es alguien que tiene los pies muy en el suelo.

    Hay gente que se pierde en las nubes y no sabe que el alimento hace que vivas un día más y que un animal te preste su cuerpo para que puedas vivir unos días es un acto supremo de generosidad.

    Un saludo. La mente en el cielo y los pies en el suelo.

    Salud.

    1. Cesar Farfan says:

      Muy buena reflexión, hermano :)

    2. Atreyu says:

      Mientras más grande es la copa, más grande son las raíces.

      Gracias.

  19. Aly says:

    ‘I was almost dying of hunger when I caught it and, thanks to that fish, I had enough food for three days.’
    He was right… fish saved his life. Though yogi was expecting phenomenal its just because of the nature of environment you are living or are involved in.. If there would be someone els i-e thug or a person like Nasrudin he must have thought something else.. So its sweet and crispy brunch for the day..

    1. Brave Soul says:

      You didn’t have to call him a thug, The Yogi should have higher consicousness than the average person. And shouldn’t make huge assumption. He knew that Nasrudin is an average man. That make the Yogi not able to understand the simpliest things in life. He needs to start over in his Yoga practice. This one man taught him another lesson in transformation. The Yogi learned to watch the animals but didn’t learn to evaluation the actions and its meaning. Now this event taught him meaning.

  20. Khushey says:

    LOLOL! Nasrudin is a smart one :D
    We should notice more and see the effect of things on us. We are just too blinded by the recurrence of things to notice them! maybe thats why we tend to act so foolish most of the times :P

  21. Cesar Farfan says:

    A mi parecer, la historia ilustra algo muy sencillo de entender. El gurú esperaba algo más profundo, sin darse cuenta que en lo simple de la vida está la mayor profundidad de esta. En palabras más de Coelho: “Las cosas extraordinarias están en el camino de la gente normal”.

  22. Heidi S. says:

    hahaha thats funny, i like that one…

  23. Flechis says:

    I don’t understand the lesson in this story. I really don’t. Paulo, I was thinking about talking with strangers in the bus as you recommended, but I don’t how to start. Also, I’m not ready to recieve denials.

  24. Lynn says:

    I assumed that would be the end, it was pretty obvious.

  25. Begoña says:

    Pero y qué hay del pez. Nadie se acuerda de él. Con la bondad que refleja en la ilustracción. La muerte en cualquiera de sus múltiples facetas me parece tan injusta….

  26. Darlin says:

    Es increible, como una simple frase..nos salvan la vida.!

  27. LoveM says:

    Yesterday at sea
    Today in the newspaper
    Tomorrow fish&chips

    Sunday fish and chips
    Paying without attention
    No mind less money

    What is my problem
    I am still wanting the world
    On my selfish terms

    Live without a wish
    Then every moment of life
    Becomes the big fish

    To taste spirit fish
    Dive inside spear fisherman
    Experience yourself

  28. Marie-Christine says:

    ‘I study the anima l and have learned many lessons that can transform a man’s life’
    I went to the school of life and learned about nature and it transformed my life.

    When you do meditation
    you are ”the author of your life”
    m edit ation
    you are editing the action with the
    breathing.

    a big fish saved my li fe
    thanks for the 3rd eye :)
    with love
    Marie-Christine

  29. Fabio says:

    Dialogo tra Logia e Zoe
    Logia – gli esclamò,tu sei un bambino frustrato e represso.

    Zoe – il bambino africano,abitante in una zona dove si muore di fame e di sete.

    Lo guardò ben sapendo,che realtà e ciò che si crede realtà, non si congiungono.
    Egli si mise a ridere,e gli domandò ;cosa ti fa essere cosi sicuro dei tuoi pensieri?

    Logia – beh li ho letti in svariati libri,ho studiato, chi ha studiato, che a sua volta ha studiato,perciò è una tradizione che si evolve,mano mano, che gli stessi la studiano.

    Zoe – Il bambino gli rispose : appunto io non sono catalogato nei tuoi studi,dovresti prima evolvere la materia in cui hai preso la tua dichiarazione.
    Io per quanto faccia finta di non aver fame e sete,il cibo non si materializza davanti a me,nemmeno una parvenza di stomaco pieno.

    Logia – lo vedi che sei un frustrato! Non riconosci neanche la tua fame e la tua sete.

    Zoe – Va bene ho fame e sete gli rispose.

    Logia -Tieni,gli porse acqua e cibo.

    Zoe – il bambino mentre mangiava e beveva, aveva la sensazione di non averne più bisogno, e smise.

    Zoe – Io avevo fame e, facevo finta di niente,ma la terra non si trasmutava in pane ed in rivoli di acqua fresca.
    Ora ho il cibo ed l’acqua ed avviene lo stesso.
    Allora perché mi davi del frustrato e del represso?

    Logia – Non lo so, forse non devo avventurarmi in pensieri seppur studiati in cosi drastici commenti.
    Io conosco “solo” ciò che ho letto è studiato sulle persone. Francamente non mi sono mai interessato a loro come esseri UMANI. Io ho fatto solo una mia cognizione mentale del “problema” basata solo su libri scritti. non ho usato il mio intelletto per capirti,ho scordato che sono UOMO anche io e, non un decifratore matematico di sillogismi stereotipati,dovrei cominciare ad imparare dalla mia stessa ragione non “solo” dal passato e presente di ciò che è scritto.

    Perdonami.

    Zoe – di cosa? hai fatto tutto tu e, i tuoi libri,torna quando scriverai un tuo “libro” distaccato da quello che hai imparato in precedenza,con i tuoi studi. Pensa senza di essi e prova riformularmi la tua domanda,se credi che sia la stessa.

    Ciao ci rivedremo.

    Logia – annuì e se ne andò.

  30. Marie-Christine Grimard says:

    Do not pass off things simple.
    Common sense is often what we miss in this sophisticated world.
    Keep up in this ocean teeming with information and regain our simple human nature.
    A man deeply rooted in his land … but with the head in the stars.
    It is good to read your stories in the evening, after a long and difficult day.
    Your stories allow us to deliver the “things right”, especially this one.
    A little humor, a little poetry .. Lots of fun.
    Thank you so much, Paulo, for all this shared pleasure.
    M. Chris

  31. Olta Canka says:

    hahhaha funny one.
    Nice, Nasrudin! :)

    BE SIMPLE! :))))

    Love
    Olta

  32. THELMA says:

    Usually solutions and answers are just simple and obvious. We believe that the more complicated and ‘deep’ they appear the wiser they are..
    ‘Less is more’ in anything. The beauty of simplicity.
    LOVE,
    Thelma xxx

  33. Annie says:

    Today sardines saved my life too :p

    Love and Gratitude
    Annie

    1. Marie-Christine Grimard says:

      Good Annie !!! Sardines and Olive oil are the best for your arteries, with black chocolate too… and all products of your beautiful Greece .. They will save your life , really ;-)))
      All my love my sweetest friend . M. Chris

    2. LoveM says:

      I WAS JUST ABOUT DIE…
      WHEN ALL OF A SARDINE…
      WAS IT A PLANE OR WAS IT A BIRD???
      NO IT WAS SUPER-SARDINE… A LIFE SAVER <Q{

    3. Annie says:

      If you don’t try to catch a fish
      you will die of hunger
      If you are not part of the equation of life,
      you will die, no wonder

      No life-savior will come at your door
      If you don’t try to fish,
      No fish will jump at your shore.

      if you want to be saved
      Give your hand
      if you want to be pulled up
      Take the hand
      Keep it simple,
      and your Light will be kindled :)

      @LoveM, @Marie-Christine:
      my grandfather(he loved fish with lots of lemon) always loved to say: ‘Teach a man to fish so that he will eat for a lifetime’
      Blessings to you both
      may your ‘hunger’ be always satisfied
      and thank you for ‘sharing’ your fish :) <3

      (Sardines, olive oil and dark chocolate <3 yam -my heart chakra meditating :) favorite life-saviors :)_

      Love and Gratitude
      Annie

    4. LoveM says:

      Thanks Dear Annie… This one’s for you… Enjoy <Q{ LoveM:)

      One Friday morning Mullah Nasrudin was walking down to the sea
      with an empty sardine tin hanging from the end of his fishing line…
      on the way he met a man from his mosque who was very curious
      about what the mullah was doing and why he wasn't at mosque… so he asked…
      "Mullah… where are you going… aren't you praying this morning?"
      Nasrudin replied "Yes… I have prayed already… now I'm going to see if it worked!"

    5. Annie says:

      It’s Friday morning tomorrow, so that will be a Joyful association from now on :) thank you <3

      Love and Gratitude
      Annie

  34. Daniel says:

    Paulo, this is a great lesson…

    Krishna’s wisdom

    INVERENTIAL PEACE!

  35. Looks like a good joke (and it is!) but really, there’s (as usual with you) a deeper side: people are always looking for hidden meanings and signs of holiness when there isn’t any!

  36. hahah, I love it Paulo! Will definitely share it:) I think that at some level we all have a “fish” story to tell. We just need to open ourselves to the simple things around us, we will find that we have so much to grateful for.

    I asked someone at a train station in Italy, which lane to take the train to go to Naples. I took a wrong turn, the man noticed, run up to me and actually walked with me in the direction. He saved me from ending up at a completely different destination:)

  37. angela says:

    simples assim amei

  38. houdini says:

    the simplest gift is oftentimes the greatest miracle :)

    Smiles,
    houdini

  39. yoha says:

    jajajajajaja…Me alegro la mañana, gracias

  40. tabi-labkhand says:

    Dear PaolO
    Molla nasruddin was a wise man but he pretended he was stupid,Thanks for sharing.In IRAN when someone do stupidly we tell her or him u do ur work molla nasrediny .But in real he was so wise man.Also in our history we have someone else who;s name is Bohloul he was as molla and was very brave .as he pretended as a stupid he told the truth to kings and wasnt afraid of punishment.

  41. Alexa says:

    ha ha ha…I was guessing that end. Good one

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  43. Celia says:

    Oh, I love this story.

    One of my all time favorites.

    Thank you my precious soul,

    Love
    Celia
    xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  44. Noor says:

    I love this one, very simple and yet I always seem to over think things while the answer is right in front of me! :D

  45. marie says:

    ahhh Zen :) makes me smile sometimes we make life so difficult yet its so simple :)

    love and hugs
    marie

  46. moses foo says:

    : )

  47. aditya says:

    I read this story once in one of Osho’s books. great ! no !