【英语阅读】做个好人:善良的心灵 A Good Conscience

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寓教于乐,启迪人生 The Squirrel and the Lion松鼠和狮子

善良不是软弱,善良的人因为没有任何私心和贪欲,所以思想上没有包袱,从而就比别人过得简单、轻松、快乐。而邪恶的人因为心灵处于黑暗之中,所以总是很忧郁。

一只松鼠在橡树上欢快地跳来跳去,一不小心从树上跌落下来,恰巧落在一头正在树荫下酣睡的狮王身上。狮王醒来大为恼怒,竖起浓密的鬃毛,露出锋利的牙齿,把松鼠吓得不停地颤抖。松鼠胆战心惊地请求狮子饶恕他的冒犯。“我饶了你这条小命,”狮子说,“但有一个条件,你必须告诉我,为什么你们这些小家伙总是生活得很快乐,而我的生活却是如此令人厌倦。”
A squirrel, merrily leaping on the branches of an oak tree, accidentally missed its hold and fell upon a lion who lay at the trunk, basking in the shade. His Majesty awoke in anger, and, raising his shaggy mane, displayed his terrific teeth to the trembling squirrel, who, in the most abject manner, begged forgiveness for the intrusion. “I grant you your life,” said the lion, “but on condition that you tell me the reason why you little beings are always so lively and happy, while my time passes so irksomely.”

“好的,陛下,”松鼠回答道,“为了感谢您的宽恕,我会满足您的要求。但是,讲述真理的人应该比听真理的要站的高一点。因此,请您允许我站到树上去。”
“Yes, sire,” replied the squirrel, “I will, in return for your mercy, comply with your request; but he who speaks the truth ought to stand higher than he who hears it; permit me, therefore, to ascend the tree.”

狮子答应了。于是松鼠就跳到了狮子够不到的地方,接着说:“您问我为什么总是这么快乐,是道德给了我愉快的心情。陛下您要懂得,拥有快乐的秘诀是要拥有善良的心灵——而您却没有。您整日闷闷不乐是因为您惨无人道,作恶多端。有多少小动物被你无情地吞吃掉啊,而我一直忙着运送坚果,来救济我那些可怜的同胞们!您心怀仇恨,而我却心怀友爱!请相信我,我的话里蕴涵着深刻的哲理。在我很小的时候,就常听父亲说:‘儿子,你要在美德中寻求快乐,只有这样,快乐才会永远陪伴着你。’”
The lion consented to this; and when the squirrel was out of his reach he thus addressed him, “You seek to know how I am always merry. Conscience gives me a joyous mind, and learns, sire, that the infallible recipe for happiness—a good conscience—you are in want of. You are day and night oppressed with the sting of iniquity for the crimes and wanton cruelties you have committed. How many animals have you devoured, while I have been employed in carrying nuts to alleviate the distresses of my poor brethren! You hate, and I love! Believe me, there is great meaning and truth in these words, and often have I heard my father observe when young, ‘Son, let your happiness be founded in virtue, and hilarity will be the constant inmate of your bosom.’”

智慧启悟:
善良不是软弱,善良的人因为没有任何私心和贪欲,所以思想上没有什么包袱,从而就比别人过得简单、轻松、快乐。而邪恶的人因为心灵处于黑暗之中,总是很忧郁。
因而,不难领悟长期修习瑜伽,就是让我们过得简单、轻松、快乐幸福的生活。瑜伽真正最高并最好的境界是在静坐冥想中完成——与天人合一,犹如获得丰富的营养与能量,并流通于全身和心灵的每一个细胞与血液中,呈现出通常人能看到的光彩照人,由内而外散发出平静平和,甚至如大地母亲般自然流露出无私的爱。
首先与自身内在心灵的和谐(身和心的统一和谐),才会有家庭美满的和谐幸福与快乐,每个家庭的和谐自然而然构成社会的大和谐与和平共处。
地球、太阳、月亮都只有一个。因地球的引力我们人类才生活在这个地球上,太阳给予我们人类光与光明,世界原本就是一个整体。

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