Much of Nasreddin Hodja’s actions can be described as illogical yet logical, rational yet irrational, bizarre yet normal, foolish yet sharp, and simple yet profound. What adds even further to his uniqueness is the way he gets across his messages in unconventional yet very effective methods in a profound simplicity – Wikipedia
One hot day, the Hodja was taking it easy in the shade of a walnut tree. After a time, he started eyeing speculatively at the huge watermelons growing on vines, and the small walnuts growing on a majestic tree.
“Sometimes I just can’t understand the ways of God!” he mused.
“Just fancy letting tiny walnuts grow on such a majestic a tree and huge watermelons on the delicate vines!”
Just then a walnut snapped off and fell smack on the Hodja’s bald head.
He got up at once and lifting up his hands and face to heavens in supplication, said:
“Oh, my God! Forgive my questioning your ways! You are all-wise.
Where would I have been now, if watermelons grew on trees!”
Note: In some other versions of the same parable, a pumpkin is used in place of the watermelon.
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