“Mulla,” he said, “what are you looking for?”
“I’m looking for a ring I dropped,” Nasruddin replied.
“Oh,” the man replied as he also began searching. “Well, where exactly were you standing when you dropped it?”
“In my bedroom,” Nasruddin replied, “not more than a foot in front of my bed.”
The ring had dropped in between the cracks of his wood flooring down into the depths of the ground.
“Because,” Nasruddin explained, “there is much more light out here!“[i]
The Ring - What we desire:
When we lose these precious things, we go outside ourselves which is representative of Nasruddin looking for his ring outside his home.
We seek a relationship to feel loved, money to secure happiness, or fame to feel validated and accepted. We seek outside ourselves to fill our needs.
Seek: Partnership of the Light and Shadow
Examples of Spiritual Leaders who went to reflect in the Dark
“What is to give light must endure burning.” – Viktor Frankl
- Enlightenment was not an overnight event for these two Holy Teachers.
- Buddha and Jesus wandered in the desert, meditated, and prayed before their great transformation.
- Both did not seek out to other people to teach them the way.
- Going within to confront their fears and sadness gave them the choice to walk through their fears, have trust and faith to let go.
- They let go of the disillusionment and temptation of this world in order to have the Divine union with God.