THE PREGNANT POT
A Teaching Story
Mulla Nasrudin asked his neighbour if he could lend him a pot for cooking.
The neighbour gave him a cheap dented aluminium pot.
The next day Nasrudin returned the pot along with a brand new aluminium smaller pot.
“But I gave you only one pot,” the neighbour said.
“Congratulations. Your pot was pregnant. It had a baby!” Nasrudin explained.
A few days later Nasrudin again asked to borrow a pot and this time the neighbour eagerly gave him an expensive ornate vessel made of pure silver.
When Nasrudin did not return the expensive silver pot for a long time the neighbour asked him for it and Nasrudin replied with a sad look of condolence on his face: “I am sorry to inform you that your pot died. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.”
“What nonsense! How can a pot die?” the neighbour demanded.
“If a pot can get pregnant and have a baby, it can also die, isn’t it?” Nasrudin concluded triumphantly.