感恩日


 


著名的伊斯蘭教聖人Rabiya在她的庭院中坐著,在深沈的狂喜中,唱頌著讚美神的歌曲。這時,一個頭上纏繞著緊緊頭巾的男人經過她身旁,他的臉上露出明顯的痛苦與不愉快,Rabiya停止歌唱問他有什麼樣的問題,男人回答他被爆裂似的頭疼困擾著。Rabiya把他叫到身旁,請他脫下頭巾,為他祈禱,男人立即就痊癒了,他對她的祈禱表示感謝。當男人要離開時,Rabiya笑著問他,”從你緊緊纏繞的頭巾清楚顯示你一直在苦惱,你現在如何敞開心感激神為你做的呢?”


 


男人被她的話語打動了,對Rabiya承諾他會對每一個人唱頌讚美神的歌曲表達他的感激。


 


這個美麗故事的重點是人類頭腦的傾向之一,總是過份強調痛苦與不幸,往往忽略了我們接受的幫助、愛與仁慈。


 


感恩是認出我們所經驗的無數幫助與慈悲,這必然幫助我們了解沒有了所有人,所有機會..等等這一切的幫助,生命絕不會是如此,我們大多數時間都關注在我們所缺乏的,忽略我們所擁有的。只有當你認出這些年來接受了多少,放下所失去的,明白你是什麼樣的人,你是誰,你的成功、喜悅、快樂與你身為人類在生命中的地位,是來自於無數的因素所共同結合,而不是一個人獨自努力的結果,你會對生命謙遜,認出萬物之間的相互依存就是感恩。


 


合一大學遵循每年的1114日為感恩日,因為感恩對我們(合一大學)而言是至高的人類情感。


 


對我們的家人、朋友、同伴與所有成為我們生命中一部份的人表達感激,讓我們獻上這個月認出他們在我們生命中的無價存在,當他們在生命中以單純的行動或是在不重要的時刻,對我們主動親近。同時,也讓我們有意識的以自己的行動帶給他人喜悅。


 



Gratitude Day


The famous Islamic saint Rabiya was seated in her courtyard in deep ecstasy, singing the praises of God. Just then a man passed by with a cloth tightly wound around his head. Agony and discomfort were evident on his face. Rabiya stopped and asked him what his problem was to which he replied that he was suffering from a splitting headache. She called him by her side and asked him to take off the cloth and prayed for him. He was instantly healed and thanked her for her prayers. As he was about to take leave, Rabiya smilingly asked him, "You were displaying your agony so openly all the while by tying the cloth. How are you going to openly show gratitude now for what the Lord has done to you?"




The man was struck by her words and promised her that he would show his gratitude by singing the Lord’s praises to everyone.




This beautiful story highlights one of the tendencies of the human mind to always highlight suffering and misery excessively to the extent that we often fail to recognize the help, love and kindness that have been shown to us.




Gratitude is to recognize the numerous instances of help and kindness we have experienced, which inevitably helps us realize that life could have never been so without the support of all the people, situations etc. Much of our lives have been spent feeling on what we do not have, failing to realize how much we already have. It is only when you recognize how much you have received over the years that you care less for your losses. When you realize what you are, who you are, your success, your joy, your happiness, your standing in life as a human being, is a coming together of myriad factors and not the outcome of a single individual’s work alone, you are humbled by life. Recognizing this interdependence of all creation is gratitude.




Oneness University observes November 14th each year as the Day of Gratitude, since gratitude according to us is the highest human emotion.




As a token of gratitude towards our family members, friends, colleagues and all those who have been a part of our life, let us dedicate this month recognizing their invaluable presence in our life, in simple acts of life or insignificant moments when they spontaneously reached out to us. Let us also engage ourselves consciously in acts that bring joy to another.



 


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