Searching for Happiness

Mulla Nasruddin is a character that comes up in Sufi stories. His stories are funny even as they point to a deep insight about our lives. Here’s one …

One day, Nasruddin began talking to a man from another town.

The man lamented, “I am rich, but I am also sad and miserable. I have taken my money and gone traveling in search of joy but alas, I have yet to find it.”

As the man continued speaking, Nasruddin grabbed the man’s bag and ran off with it. The man chased him, and Nasruddin soon ran out of the man’s sight. He hid behind a tree, and put the bag in the open road for the man to see. When the man caught up, he located the bag, and his facial expression immediately turned from distress to joy.

As the man danced in celebration of finding his bag, Nasruddin thought to himself, “That’s one way to bring joy to a sad man.”

What do you already have in your life now, that is a source of joy, that you may be overlooking?

Or in other words, what should you be grateful for, that you are overlooking?

Your real nature is causeless happiness? Are you searching in the world, for that which is already within you, as your own real nature?


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