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Nasrudin, when he was in India, passed near a strange looking building, at the entrance of which a hermit was sitting. He had an air of abstraction and calm, and Nasrudin thought that he would make some sort of contact with him. ‘Surely’, he thought, ‘a devout philosopher like me must have something in common with this saintly individual.’
‘I am a Yogi,’ said the anchorite, in answer to the Mulla’s question; ‘and I am dedicated to the service of all living things, especially birds and fish.’
‘Pray allow me to join you,’ said the Mulla, ‘for, as I had expected, we have something in common. I am strongly attracted to your sentiments, because a fish once saved my life.
‘How pleasurably remarkable!’ said the Yogi; ‘I shall be delighted to admit you to our company. For all my years of devotion to the cause of animals, I have never yet been privileged to attain such intimate communion with them as you. Saved your life! This amply substantiates our doctrine that all the animal kingdom is interlinked.’
So Nasrudin sat with the Yogi for some weeks, contemplating his navel and learning various curious gymnastics.