I was reading about a pilot. He was flying over California with a friend. He told the friend, “Look down at that beautiful lake. I was born near it, that is my village.” He pointed to a small village just perched in the hills near the lake, and he said, “I was born there. When I was a child I used to sit near the lake and fish; fishing was my hobby. But at that time, when I was a child fishing near the lake, airplanes always used to pass in the sky, and I would think of the day when I would become a pilot myself, I would be piloting an airplane. That was my only dream. Now it is fulfilled, and what misery! Now I am continuously looking down at the lake and thinking about when I will retire and go fishing again. That lake is so beautiful … Continue reading
An American tourist went to see a Sufi Master. For many years he had heard about him, had fallen in deep love with his words, his message. Finally he decided to go to see him. When he entered his room he was surprised — it was an utterly empty room! The Master was sitting; there was no furniture at all! The American could not conceive of a living space without any furniture. He immediately asked, “Where is your furniture, sir?”
And the old Sufi laughed and he said, “And where is yours?” Continue reading
The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his car when the mechanic shouted across the garage “Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?”
One of my favorite stories comes from the Sufi tradition of mystical Islam. It is a tale that tells us exactly what we will have to face if we endeavor to walk the path of desire.
A man sits in the center of a Middle Eastern marketplace crying his eyes out, a platter of peppers spilled out on the ground before him.
Eppavo Mudintha Karyam: The event was completed long ago. It was all over long ago. Everything has been pre-ordained. Man may like to think that he can determine the course of his life and in a general sense even shape the course of human affairs. It feeds the vanity of man to think that he can shape the future. But man is a mere instrument in the hands of God. It is God alone who controls the past, present and future. Ego-centred man prides in the belief that he has free will when in actuality he is a mere puppet in the hands of an unseen power. One had better accept this fact and surrender oneself to God.
– Yoga Swami
In a small country village Tom and his brother were falsely convicted of stealing a neighbor’s sheep. As punishment, each was branded on the forehead with the initials ST to signify “sheep thief.” Continue reading
A man had gathered ten thousand golden rupees. And at that time, the rupee was really gold; the word ‘rupee’ simply means gold. And this was his desire – that one day when they were ten thousand, he would offer them to Ramakrishna, of course, to gain virtue in the other life. When small donations are given and people are getting great virtues… for ten thousand gold pieces you can purchase even God’s own house!
What you need to realize is that happiness is a choice not a result! This is so important that it is worth repeating: Happiness is a choice! You can be happy for no other reason than because you choose to be happy, regardless of the circumstances. Here is a story that illustrates this really well: A 92-year-old man had to move into a nursing home. His wife of 70 years had recently passed away which made his move necessary. After several hours of waiting in the lobby of the nursing home, he was told that his new room was ready. The person guiding him to his new room started to describe the room. “I love it!” He stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old with a new puppy. The person who was leading him to his room said, “we haven’t got there yet just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” the old man replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not does not depend on how the furniture is arranged. It’s how I arrange my mind. I have already decided to love it!” “It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.” “Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I have stored away.” ~source unknown
– The Law of Attraction Made Simple – Magnetize Your Heartfelt Desires
You may have heard the story about a man caught in a flash flood. He was devoutly religious and was sure that God would save him. Continue reading