Happiness is humour

As the saying goes, humour is the best medicine.  A good laugh cultivates our inner joy.  Laughing is better when it’s shared.  Therefore, allow me to share this anecdote.

One day Mullah Nasruddin was passing through a busy bazaar of his hometown. Many of his disciples followed him. They were copying every move the Mullah was making. If he looked skyward, they looked skyward. If he bent down to touch his toes, they bent down to touch their toes. If he spread his arms in the air, they spread their arms in the air. All this looked silly to the onlookers. Wondering what was going on, one shopkeeper came to the Mullah and inquired.

Mullah Nasruddin replied rather casually, “I am enlightening their minds.”

“How?” asked the confused shopkeeper.

Mullah replied, “It is simple. Every morning when they come to me, I count them and whoever is missing I consider his mind enlightened.”

This makes me smile every time I read it.  You may find this post in Sufi Ways “Ha Ha Ha” Sufi Style.

Thank you Kamran Zafar.

A Supple Mind

I am a lover of Rumi and Hazrat Inayat Khan. These two are classics on molding my spiritual life that I became more in tuned with the religion that I am born at. Because Catholicism is Universal, allow me quote a Sufi saying: “There are so many ways to kiss the ground”. This post speaks personally about the cognitive way of thinking.

Sufi Ways

by Navid Zaidi

Once there was a disciple of a Greek philosopher who was commanded by his master for three years to give money to everyone who insulted him. After three years, the disciple was asked to go to Athens to learn wisdom. A sage met him at the gate and insulted him. The disciple laughed at it. The sage asked him why he laughed. The disciple replied that for three years he had to pay money for being insulted and now he was getting it for free. The sage said, ‘ Enter the city. It’s all yours.’

(From Dalai Lama’s book: The Art of Happiness)

So it wasn’t hardship alone that opened the city of wisdom to the disciple. The prime factor that allowed him to deal with a difficult situation was his capacity to shift perspective, to view his situation from a different vantage point.

The ability…

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