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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mullah Nasruddin & Flavors of Success 穆拉‧纳斯鲁丁和成功的滋味

Mullah Nasruddin & Flavors of Success

Meditation for being successful

Success is not just in achieving some goal but also in every step that leads to it.






Mullah Nasruddin is a satirical Sufi figure whose name is used in numerous stories to add a touch of wit and humor. His funny anecdotes make people burst into fits of laughter. 

Different people, same goals – Success, Happiness. What is a measure of success? Money, power, fame, or a happy family, everlasting smile and contentment?
Preferences may vary but what remains common and finds room in everybody’s heart is the desire to be successful in life. Again, the definition of success may vary but what doesn’t is the fact that every person on this planet wants to be happy. So if we all want to be happy and successful, why not work on both together?
Earning more money when we are young is like tasting one flavor of success. Now let us taste a few other flavors too – a smile that does not fade, the joy in spreading happiness, enjoyment in every little thing along the way to achieving our goal, and contentment in what we have. Meditation helps us relish all these different flavors. Let’s see how.

#1 Smile that comes free of cost!

Mullah and his wife (smiling from head to toe) walk out of the jewelry store after purchasing a diamond necklace. On his way, Mullah sees a poor man offering a rose to his wife.
Mullah to his wife: “Look at him, what a successful man he is! I wish I could have his luck!”
Wife: Huh?
Mullah: Just see, his wife's smile is much cheaper!
Mullah’s wife angrily throws the necklace on the road and walks away.
Make your smile cheaper and anger expensive. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “The first sign of success is an unshakeable smile”. Money could buy all the riches in the world, while a smile comes literally free of cost. And yet, we use it so sparingly.
Meditate and see yourself smiling more and more. Regular practice helps release the negative emotions we carry within us – anger, frustration, stress, and it also gives us the ability to smile through all odds in life which is a sure sign of success.
Tip: When you feel low or stressed out, just sit with your eyes closed and meditate for a while. You may open your eyes to witness a new smiling you!

#2 Joy in sharing a bite from your plate

Mullah wins 4-1 in a football match with his six-year-old son while his neighbor watches on.
Neighbor to Mullah’s son: So your father won again!
Son: Actually, I just wanted dad to be happy.
Winning and losing are a part of life's game. What is important is how happy we are and how much happiness we spread to others. That is also a sign of true success. Try this for yourself! How does it feel to share a bite from your plate with a poor kid on the street? Or donate an amount from your salary to charity?
This feeling of service, of compassion for the needy and of being useful to someone comes easy when we meditate. Meditation fills us with such joy, contentment and gratitude from within that we feel like a king and are ready to share what we have.
Tip: Take 20 minutes out every day with your friends and meditate together. It will help create positive energy around you. Also, when more people think alike and work in a common direction (serving the society and bringing a change), its benefits are for everybody to enjoy.

#3 Victories that are all along the way

Mullah and his friend decide to race a mountain peak. They meet an old friend at a tea shop who challenges them for a tea-drinking competition. Mullah stops over but his friend carries on. Mullah tries to catch up when he again stops to play football with some kids, scores his goals, and once more to haggle with a flower-seller for fresh roses at a lesser price. He reaches just in time for the sunset to find his friend already there.
Friend (with a beaming smile): So Mullah, I won! I reached first!
Mullah: So what? I won thrice in the same time!
Happiness is not just in achieving some goal but also in every step that leads to it. When we enjoy every moment of life’s journey to our heart’s content, that is the sign of true success. Instead of thinking, “If I buy a big house or get a good job, only then I will be successful”, shift your thought process to “I am happy and successful now in whatever I do or have”.
You can bring about this shift in you with daily meditation. You start enjoying every moment of life to the fullest.
Tip: Meditation does not necessarily happen only on a mountain peak or a cave. You can meditate in the comfort of your home, on your work desk, in a nature setting, anywhere!

#4 Feeling of deep gratitude

Mullah finds a hidden treasure in his backyard. It was one of the 15 pots of gold that the late king had hidden.
Neighbour: You are the richest and the most successful man in our village! Why do you still look so sullen?
Mullah: What will happen if someone else finds the other 14?
This is the way our mind works. It can hardly stay contented with what is achieved. It craves for more and more. One desire fulfilled and the next is ready in queue. Have you noticed that this chain of countless desires is what makes us restless and anxious?
Relax! Keep your mind happy by meditating everyday. Meditation can help you achieve such deep contentment from within that you start feeling grateful for what you have in life and desires get fulfilled even before they arise!
Tip: Whenever you close your eyes and fold your hands in prayer during the day, meditate for a few minutes soon after. Experience the feeling for yourself!
Inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's wisdom talks
By Pritika Nair
Based on inputs by Bharathy Harish, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Teacher

穆拉‧纳斯鲁丁和成功的滋味

穆拉‧纳斯鲁丁是個帶著諷刺的蘇菲派人物。他以風趣和幽默的角色出現在許多的故事裡。他的趣事往往讓人們爆笑在歡樂中。

不同的人們,有著同樣的目標——成功,快樂。成功的定義是什麼?金錢,權利,名譽或是快樂的家庭,恆久的笑容和知足?
大家的喜好可能各有不同,但是相同的是每個人的心裡都有個想要在人生裡獲得成功的慾望。同樣的,成功的定義都不一樣,但是有樣相同的事情就是這個星球上每一個人都想要快樂。如果我們想要成功和快樂,那我們何不同一時間在這兩者之間努力。
我們在年輕的時候去賺很多的錢,這就像是去品嚐成功的其中之一的滋味。現在讓我們也去品嚐其它的滋味——一個不會褪色的微笑,分享喜悅的快樂,在達到目標之前去享受每一個過程,對我們所擁有的感到知足。靜心可以幫助我們品嚐到這些不同的滋味。讓我們瞧一瞧它是怎麼辦到的。 

#1 無需任何代價的微笑!
穆拉和太太(笑容燦爛的)從一家珠寶店走出來,他們剛剛買了一條鑽石項鍊。路途中,穆拉看到有個窮人獻上一朵玫瑰花給他的妻子。
穆拉就對自己的妻子說:看看那個人,他是多麼的成功啊!我希望我可以擁有他的運氣!
妻子:什麼?
穆拉:你看,他太太的笑容比較便宜!
穆拉的妻子聽了很生氣的把鑽石項鍊丟在路上就走了。

讓你的笑容廉宜而憤怒昂貴。古儒吉說『成功的第一個象徵是有個不被動搖的微笑。』金錢可以買世界上昂貴的東西,可以微笑卻是免費得來的。但是我們卻很少用上它。靜心並去發現你越來越長微笑了。持續的練習幫助我們釋放那些我們帶著的負面情緒——憤怒,挫折感,壓力,而它也帶給我們以微笑去面對人生裡任何問題的能力,這也就是真正成功的象徵。
 
貼士:當你覺得低落或是緊張的時候,你只需要閉上眼睛坐著片刻,把心靜下來一陣子。當你睜開眼睛的時候你就會發現你全新的笑容。

#2 分享的喜悅
穆拉在和兒子的足球賽裡以四比一獲勝。
一旁觀賞的鄰居對穆拉的兒子說:你爸爸又獲勝了!
兒子:其實我只是要爸爸快樂而已。

勝利或失敗是這場人生遊戲的一部分。最重要的是我們有多快樂,而我們散播給別人的快樂又是多少。這也是成功的象徵。你也試試看!當你和街上的窮孩子分享你盤裡的食物,那個感覺是怎麼樣的?或是把部分的薪水捐做慈善?這是服務的心情,對需要的人的有慈悲心,或是對別人有所貢獻,這些在靜心後都會輕易的得到。靜心讓我們的內在充滿這樣的喜悅,知足和感恩,這讓我們感覺像個國王那樣,也會隨時準備要去分享我們所擁有的。
 
貼士:每一天抽出20分鐘的時間和朋友一起靜心。這會幫你在你的周圍製造正面的能量。如果有更多的人有著相同的想法,和朝向同樣的方向前進(為社會服務和帶來改變),它的益處是全部人都能受惠的。
#3一路上的成功
穆拉和朋友決定要來場登山比賽。他們在茶館遇見一位老朋友,這位朋友挑戰他們來個喝茶比賽。穆拉停下來比賽而與他同行的朋友則繼續趕路。穆拉試著趕上,但是他還是再次停下來和一些小孩子踢球,還進了一些球,接下來他又停在賣花的檔口以廉價買些新鮮的玫瑰花。他在日落之前來到山頂而他的朋友也早已經在那兒了。
朋友(喜氣洋洋的笑著):所以穆拉,我贏了!我先抵達這裡!
穆拉:那又怎麼樣?我在同一時間已經贏了三次呢!

快樂不只是抵達目標而已,它也在每一個抵達目標前的步伐裡。當我們享受每一個人生的路程,並把它加入我們心的容量裡,這也是真正成功的象徵。與其在想『如果我買了一個大房子,或是得到一份好工作,那我就會成功』,不如把你的想法轉換成『無論我現在在做什麼或是擁有什麼,我現在就已經很快樂,很成功了。』透過日常的靜心你可以轉變你的想法。你也會開始完全去享生命裡的每一個時刻。
 
貼士:靜心不是一定要到山頂或是山洞裡才能進行。你可以舒服的在家裡,辦公桌前,大自然裡,或是任何的地方都可以!

#4 深深的去感受感恩
穆拉在後院找到一些寶藏。是先王藏起來的15罐金子當中的其中之一罐。
鄰居:你是我們村子裡最富有與最成功的人了!為什麼你看起來還是那麼鬱悶?
穆拉:如果有人找到那其它的14罐的話怎麼辦?

這就是我們心智的運作方式。它很少會為了自己所達成的感到知足。它只會要求更多,更多。一個慾望被完成後,下一個馬上就在後面排隊了。你有發現這些永無止境的慾望就是讓我們感到焦慮和不安的原因嗎?放鬆!每天透過靜心讓你的心智保持愉快。靜心能幫你從內心深處感受到知足,你會因此對你在生命裡所得到的感到感恩,在慾望升起前它就已經被實現了!

貼士:在你閉上眼睛開始禱告之前,靜心個幾分鐘。讓自己去體驗那種感覺!

文:比緹卡納耶(啟發於古儒吉的智慧講座)依据巴哈第哈利斯(Bharathy Harish,三摩地静心老師)的输入。

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