Once there was a congregation of fish, who got together to discuss who among them had seen the ocean. None of them could say they had actually seen the ocean. Then one fish said, ‘‘I think my great grandfather had seen the ocean!’’ A second fish said, ‘‘Yes, yes, I have also heard about this.’’ A third fish said, ‘‘Yes, certainly, his great grandfather had seen the ocean.’’

从前有一群鱼,它们聚在一起讨论谁见过大海。他们谁也不能说他们真的看到过大海。然后一条鱼说:“我想我的曾祖父见过大海!另一条鱼说:“是的,是的,我也听说过这件事。”第三条鱼说:“是的,当然, 他的曾祖父曾见过大海。”

So, they built a huge temple and made a statue of the great grandfather of that particular fish, saying, “He had seen the ocean. He had been connected with the ocean.’’ In life, our search for happiness is like that.

所以,他们建造了一座巨大的神庙,并为这条鱼的曾祖父制作了一尊雕像,上面写着: “他见过大海。他曾与海洋有連接。“在生活中,我们对幸福的追求就是这样。

What are you waiting for? Instead of preparing to be happy, be happy now and resolve to remain naturally happy. God is trying his best to see you happy. But God only helps those who help themselves. So everyday make a resolution. “Today, I am just going to be happy come what may. I will not let anything disturb my happiness. I am going to be contended, happy.”

你还在等什么? 与其准备着快乐,不如现在就快乐,并下定决心保持自然的快乐。神正尽力让你快乐。但是神只帮助那些帮助自己的人。所以每天都要下定决心。“今天,不管发生什么事,我都要快乐。我不会让任何事打扰我的快乐。我将会心滿意足, 快乐。”

You can experience happiness at three levels. One is the happiness in society, in the environment. How can you bring about happy situations? How would you feel in a place where everybody around you thinks only about himself or herself ? Would you like to be in such a group where there is no sharing, no sense of belongingness, and no happiness?

你可以在三个层次里体验快乐。其中之一是在社会,在环境的快乐。你怎么能带来快乐的情况? 如果你处在一個周围的人都只考虑他自己的环境,你会有什么感觉? 你愿意呆在这样一个没有共享,没有归属感,没有快乐的群体里吗?

The second level is the happiness of one’s mind. When one accepts things and moves in knowledge then the happiness dawns in the mind. Sometimes everybody around you is happy and you are serving others also but you are not happy in your mind; there is no fulfilment. Dedication brings the second level of happiness.

第二个层次是心智的快乐。当一个人接受事物并在知识中行动时,快乐就会在心智中出现。有时你周围的人都很快乐,你也在为别人服务,但你的心智不快乐;没有成就感。奉献带来第二层次的快乐。

The third level is the happiness of the soul. This level of happiness happens when the soul is united with the Divine. When there is no duality, no two, when you are in deep meditation, then you experience this innermost joy.

第三个层次是心灵的快乐。这种层次的快乐发生当心灵与神性结合。当没有二元性,没有二個,当你在深度靜心时,你就会体验到这种最深处的快乐。

All the three levels of happiness are interlinked. When you are totally united with the Divine you cannot but be fulfilled on the second level and on the third level and you cannot but serve because everybody is part of you. When you start serving and stop thinking about yourself all the time, mental satisfaction will come. The mind will also feel happy and relaxed and it creates such an environment.

这三个层次的快乐是相互关联的。当你与神性完全结合时,你只能在第二层和第三层得到满足,你只能服务,因为每个人都是你的一部分。当你开始服务,不再总是想着自己,精神上的满足就会到来。心智也会感到快乐和放松,它创造了这样一个环境。

A wise one is happy even in bad times. And the foolish one is unhappy even in good times. Spirituality is nothing out of the world. There is no division between what is spiritual, and what is material. Attaining a spiritual level is simply recognising that there is life everywhere, that there is spirit everywhere. When you go beyond happiness, what happens? The mind expands, at the same time it is not unconscious or unaware. Usually when you are happy, you become spaced out and you lose focus. When you are unhappy you are very focused. But a beautiful combination — of being happy and alert and focused at the same time — can be experienced in spiritual life.

有智慧的人即使在逆境中也会感到快乐。愚蠢的人即使在好时光也不快乐。灵修不是什么超凡的东西。在灵性和物质之间是没有区别的。要达到灵性层面,就是要认识到生命无处不在,心灵无处不在。当你超越了快乐,会发生什么?心智扩张,同时它不是无意识的或未觉察到的。通常当你开心的时候,你会变得心不在焉,注意力不集中。当你不开心的时候,你会非常专注。但是有一种美丽的结合——同时保持快乐、警觉和专注——可以在灵性中体验。

~ Sri Sri

Translator : Seva Yeam Koon