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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Austerity 简朴

Austerity

Austerity is often mistaken to be poverty, self-denial. It is neither. Austerity comes out of maturity. It is a sign of social health. Often people who practice austerity are resentful of richness. This is a very pitiable state. Such austerity is not born out of maturity but out of compulsion. The true austerity has tolerance for richness and is never resentful.

In fact, one who is mature will have pity for one who is not austere. Austerity is not against celebration and just vanity is not celebration. Celebration dawns in the spirit. Only one who is rich in spirit can practice austerity. One may be rich materially but if he is poor in spirit he can neither celebrate nor evolve. Poverty of spirit is vanity. Austerity brings freedom from the pride of vanity. But taking pride in austerity is again a vanity !
Austerity comes out of abundance, and austerity brings abundance. If you feel a lack in any area of life, immediately start austerity. Austerity not only brings freedom but nurtures sharing and caring.





简朴

很多时候简朴常被人们误会成会贫穷和自我否定。其实它这两者都不是。简朴是出自于成熟度。是个健康社会的象征。通常实践简朴的人都是那些厌恨荣华富贵的。这是让人可怜的状态。这样的简朴不是因为成熟而是因为义务而已。真正的简朴是可以对华富贵宽容,也不为此感到厌恨。
 
实际上,一个成熟的人会怜悯那些不会简朴的人。简朴不是反对庆祝,庆祝也不是纯粹的虚荣而已。庆祝是来到精神的层面。唯有在精神上富足的人才能去实践简朴。一个人可能在物质上很富裕,但是如果他在精神的层次上很匮乏的话,他是无法去庆祝,也无法发展的。虚荣心是在精神上的贫困。简朴让人们从虚荣的骄傲里自由。但是因为自己已经实践了简朴而感到骄傲的话,这也是虚荣心!

简朴是从富足里产生的,简朴也带来了富足。如果你在生活里的任何领域里感觉到匮乏,那就马上开始实行简朴。简朴不但带来自由,也孕育了分享和关怀的心。

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