copyright Suresh gundappa 2010
Travel Sufi fable:
Mr.Tourist checked into finest beach resort in the world. they have been planning this trip for a while now but Mr. tourist was so busy last year, he barely managed to take time off from his office work. He came on this trip with one condition that he should be allowed to do some of his business work on this trip. Family badly wanted time off and they reluctantly agreed.
He and his family have managed to get the penthouse reserved for few. Once they settled in, everyone wanted to rush to beach to get a glimpse of sea.
As soon as they reached the beach, shabbily dressed Beggar approached them and announced himself – ” good day to to all , loved ones! I am the richest beggar in town… I am here to ask you few pennies.
Mr Tourist couldn’t help himself a nice smile and he said to Beggar- ” mmmmm… I see Mr. Richest beggar ….here are few dollars for you!”
Immediately, Beggar replied ‘ Hold on. I take money only from rich people, just to maintain my level, Are you rich Mr. tourist?
Mr.Tourist stopped smiling …” I thought beggars can’t be choosers! ….Well since you asked , I am rich and I have millions in bank and great estate for living and wealthy investments in my name, and now what makes your rich beggar or bastard – whatever that may be?
Beggar replied ” I am rich because I can smell sea at this moment, I am rich because I can feel sunshine on my body, I can feel sea touching my feet. Every morning birds play me music, and rain gives me bath!, flowers spray fragrance on me! I am rich because every moment I live as if there is no another moment. Now I can see that you have not tasted this kind of luxury in your life, You seems to be poor.
Now you have come to this beautiful place ,…it’s a great opportunity to become rich before you go back. May be I will come back ask you few pennies once you become rich”.
Mr. Tourist took back his dollars and stood still and the beggar walked away singing a cuckoo song…
end of the fable.
Green represents freshness , life, Aliveness. Green reminds you of the language you have forgotten. Green represents that part of your life you ache for, Green is your calling.
For years in the name of concrete structures we have forgotten the art of working with nature. Just look at some of those buildings, you feel just nauseated by their presence.
Millions of people run to mountains, jungles, diving and other adventure sports because they feel expanded in the presence of nature. They carry so much energy from such trips it keeps them going for months. The moment such energy starts dissipating and burning out , they want to run again.
In nature, noise inside your head is reduced, in a day to day living you are constantly living in a reactive model. Wife, car, office, Money, relations all continuously keep stimulating one or the other thoughts inside your head. Something is constantly going in your head which sucks your energy.
The moment you land near mountains then your external stimulus comes to halt. With NO familiar sight to create thoughts in your head, first time you feel peaceful. Unimaginable serenity surrounds you.
This is what meditation is all about. Meditation is nothing but bringing you close to nature. Bringing you close to silence. Once you get the taste of silence you feel the same way as if in the midst of mountains. Going close to nature is a good way to start Inner journey. But that is not enough, the moment you comeback to day to day action you lose that serenity
Practice silence, Give yourself sometime to explore nature. Exploring nature your best chance to know life and yourself.
Taste of silence, just once is all you need, then Nature keeps calling you and Don’t die without answering the call of the valley!