1.1 Freedom parrot 呼喊自由的鹦鹉 A man, a great man, a fighter for freedom was traveling in the mountains. He stayed in a caravans① for the night. He was amazed that in the caravans there was a beautiful parrot in a golden cage, continually repeating “Freedom! Freedom!”. And it was such a place that when the parrot repeated the word “Freedom!” it would go on echoing in the valleys, in the mountains.
一个人,一个了不起的人,一个为了自由而战的斗士,正在山峦间穿行。今晚他留在一个大旅店里过夜。旅店 里有一个金鸟笼,里面有一只漂亮的鹦鹉在不停地反复呼喊着“自由!自由!,这让他很震惊。那里是这样的一种 ” 地方,当这只鹦鹉不断地反复呼喊“自由! ”的时候,这个词便会在山峦间、在深谷中久久回荡。
The man thought: “I have seen many parrots, and I have thought they must want to be free from those cages... but I have never seen such a parrot whose whole day, from the morning to the evening when he goes to sleep, is spent in calling out for freedom.” He had an idea. In the middle of the night, when the owner was fast asleep, he got up and opened the door of the cage. He whispered to the parrot, “Now get out.”
这个人想: “我看到过很多鹦鹉,也曾想过他们一定想从这些笼子里飞出去获得自由……但是,我从没有见过这 样的鹦鹉,从早到晚,直到入睡,一整天都在呼喊着自由。 ”他有了一个想法……午夜,当店主熟睡的时候,他悄悄 起身,打开了鸟笼门,小声地对鹦鹉说: “现在,出去吧。 ”
But he was very surprised that the parrot was clinging to the bars of the cage. He said to him again and again, “Have you forgotten about freedom? Just get out! The door is open and the owner is fast asleep; nobody will ever know. You just fly into the sky; the whole sky is yours.”
但是令他吃惊的是这只鹦鹉竟抓着鸟笼的横木不放。他对它一遍又一遍地说: “你忘了自由了吗?快出去!门开 着,店主熟睡着,没有人会看到。你只要飞向天空,整片天空就是你的了。 ”
But the parrot was clinging so deeply, so hard, that the man said, “What is the matter? Are you mad?” He tried to take the parrot out with his own hands, but the parrot started pecking② at him, and at the same time he was shouting, “Freedom! Freedom!” The valleys in the night echoed and re-echoed, but the man was also stubborn③; he was a freedom fighter.
但是鹦鹉仍然牢牢地用力抓着横木不放,于是他说: “怎么了?你疯了吗?”他试图用手把鹦鹉弄出来,但是鹦鹉 却开始啄他,同时大喊: “自由!自由! ”深夜的山谷里荡起了一声又一声的回音,可是这个人也一样地顽固,谁让 他是个自由之士呢。
He pulled the parrot out and threw him into the sky; and he was very satisfied, although his hand was hurt. The parrot had attacked him as forcefully as he could, but the man was immensely satisfied that he had made a soul free. He went to sleep.
他把鹦鹉拽出来,扔向空中。他很满意,尽管他的手受伤了。虽然鹦鹉全力地攻击他,但是他却心满意足,因 为他使得一个灵魂自由了。他便回去继续睡他的觉。
In the morning, as the man was waking up, he heard the parrot shouting, “Freedom! Freedom!” He thought perhaps the parrot must be sitting on a tree or on a rock. But when he came out, the parrot was sitting in the cage. The door was open.
早上,他睡醒了,听见鹦鹉正在大喊: “自由!自由! ”他想也许鹦鹉正落在一棵树上或一块石头上呢。但当他 出来的时候,鹦鹉正在笼子里,笼门还开着。 ① caravan n. 商队大旅店 ② peck v. 啄 ③ stubborn a. 顽固的,固执的
思考:懂得什么是真正的自由,再去渴望和呼喊自由。

  1.2 Digging a way out
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挖一条出路 There’s a man who has been by himself in a prison cell with a dirt floor, crude stone walls, and there’s two windows one of which looks out towards the ocean. All of the sudden, he hears a scratching noise, and he looks down at the ground that is furthest away from the window facing the ocean. He sees the ground moving, and he starts to think he’s losing his mind. But soon the ground breaks, and up pops a head with long hair and a beard… it’s a prisoner. 一个人独自关在一间牢房里,牢房的地面脏兮兮的,石头墙壁很粗糙,有两扇窗户,其中一扇 面向着大海。这个人听到了噼噼啪啪的声音,他望过去,发现远处对着那扇朝海的窗户的地面竟然 在动,他开始认为自己疯了。但是不久之后地面裂开了,突然冒出来一个脑袋,带着长长的头发和 胡子……是一个囚犯。 And the prisoner says “Sssh. Listen. A group of us have been tunneling for about six years, and we’ve finally reached your cell. We have ways to cover up my entrance into this, but now it’s all on your shoulders, man. All you have to do,” he said while pointing out the window towards the ocean, “you just start digging here and go down about six feet and about 75 feet in that direction and there is freedom, and we’re out of here!” “Oh, I love that! That’s great; I want to be free!” “Okay, I’ll check back with you in a few weeks.” 这个囚犯说: “嘘!听着,我们一群人一直在挖这个地道,差不多六年了,终于挖到了你的牢房。 我们自有办法掩盖通往这里的入口,但是现在看你的了,老兄。你所要做的是, ”他指着面朝大海的 窗户说, “你只要开始从这里挖然后向下六英尺,朝那个方向大约 75 英尺,那里就是自由,我们就 会从这里出去了!“哦,我喜欢!那太棒了,我要自由!“好的,几周之后我会过来看看。 ” ” ” Two weeks later, the pops back in to check on his friend’s progress, and his friend nods back with great affirmation. “Yeah, I’ve done it.” So the man who was providing the instructions pops down the hole, and two seconds later pops right back up and says, “What have you done?!?!?” “Huh?” “I told you to dig in the direction towards the OCEAN! This tunnel that you dug goes back under the wall and into the prison yard.” “Well, the digging was easier in the other direction…” 两周之后, 这个囚犯回来检查他这位朋友的进程, 他的朋友很肯定地向他点头: “耶, 我完成了。 ” 于是,提供指示的这个人突然跳进洞里,两秒后又突然伸出了脑袋: “你都干了什么?” “嗯?” “我 告诉你朝着大海的方向挖!你挖的这条地道从墙下穿过又回到了监狱的院子里。“哦,朝着其它的 ” 方向挖起来比较容易……” 思考:或许你正囚禁于不自由的牢笼,挖一条出路,一定要朝着自由的方向。
  1.3 Is man free 人是自由的吗? A man comes to a master to ask how much man is independent, free. Is he totally free, or is there a limitation? Is there something like fate, kismet, destiny, God who makes a limitation beyond which you cannot be free? 一个人来到一位大师面前向其请教人到底有多独立,多自由。他是完全自由的还是受一定的限 制呢?是不是有诸如天数、天命、定数和神的存在令人不自由呢? The master said, “Stand up.” 大师说: “站起来。 ” The man must have felt this was a stupid kind of answer, “I am asking a simple question and he is asking me to stand up.” But he stood. And the master said, “How, raise one of your legs up.” 这个人一定觉得这是一个蠢透了的答案, “我问他一个简单的问题他却叫我站起来。 ”但是他还 是站了起来。大师说: “现在,抬起一条腿。 ”
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The man, by this time must have been thinking he had come to a madman; what has this to do with freedom, independence? But now that he has come…and the master was so respected; not follow him would be disrespectful, and there was no harm. So he lifted one of his legs from the earth, one foot was in the air and he was standing on one foot. 到这时,这个人一定认为他来到了一个疯子面前,这和自由、独立有什么关系吗?但是既然已 经来了……而且这位大师如此地受人尊敬,不按照他的意思做会很无礼,况且这又没什么害处。所 以,他从地上抬起了一条腿,一只脚悬在空中,另一只脚独立着。 And then the master said, “That’s perfectly good. Just one more thing, now take the left foot up also.” 然后这位大师说: “非常好。还有,现在把左脚也抬起来。 ” “That is impossible!” the man said, “You are asking something impossible. I have taken my right foot up. Now I cannot take my left foot up.” “那不可能! ”这个人说, “你在要求不可能办到的事。我已经抬起了右脚,现在我不可能再把左 脚抬起来。 ” The master said, “But you were free. In the beginning you could have taken the left foot up. There was no binding order. You were complete free to chose whether to take the left foot up or the right foot up. I had not said anything about it; you just decided. You took the right foot up. 大师说: “但是你是自由的。开始你可以抬起左脚,没有任何的限制。你完全有自由去决定是抬 左脚还是右脚,关于这点我没有做任何要求,完全由你决定。但你抬起了右脚。 “You made it impossible for the left foot to be lifted up. Don’t bother about fate, kismet, God. Just think of simple things.” “是你令自己不可能抬起左脚的。不要烦心命运、定数和神,想些简单的事情。 ” 反思:自由的枷锁是自己施加的,你原本就很自由……
  1.4 Thief or treasurer 小偷还是司库? Once there was a thief and he was looking for things to steal in a temple where the Priest was giving a religious speech on the topic of truthfulness to many people. The thief was completely lost in the true feeling of truthfulness. When the program was over everybody went home except for the thief who was not ready to leave. 从前,有一个小偷在一个教堂里寻找目标伺机下手。此时,牧师正在教堂里布道,宣讲以诚待 人。小偷大受感动,以至于当布道结束的时候,大家都回家去了,只有他还没有要离开的意思。 The thief wondered how a thief could become free from not speaking a lie. The Priest gave deep advice to him that by speaking truth also he would do his business. By using the virtue of truthfulness also he would remain safe and secure no matter where he was or what he stole. The thief firmly determined to follow the Priest’s advice in the practical life and promised to follow the norm of truthfulness and honesty from that day in all respects. 小偷想知道一个小偷怎样才能不说谎。牧师给了他意味深长的建议:即便是偷东西也是可以说 真话的。利用诚实这一美德,无论他在哪里或者偷了什么,他也都可以平安无事。小偷下定决心在 现实生活中按照牧师的建议去做,并承诺从那以后在各个方面都践行诚实。 As making the promise not to speak a lie in his life when the thief was going out from there, at the same time, the King disguised in an ordinary form was roaming① there to look after the atmosphere of the capital city. Coincidentally② the thief met a person on the way in a roaming condition. The roaming gentleman asked the thief who he was. The thief recalled his promise to always speak the truth, even though difficult, he still revealed that he was a thief.
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小偷从教堂出来,他承诺以后在生活中不再说谎。与此同时,国王打扮成普通人模样在都城里 闲逛,以便视察民情。碰巧的是,小偷在路上遇到了一个闲逛的人。那位闲逛的绅士问起小偷的身 份,小偷想起了他的承诺??始终都要讲真话,所以尽管很难说出口,他还是坦白说他是一个小偷。 The gentleman replied happily and excitedly that he was also a thief. These two men became friends by handshaking and hugging with each other. The new thief suggested that they steal some very valuable things, and he knew exactly where to find them. He took him in such incognito③ way that both of them arrived in front of the Grand Royal Palace. As the security personnel asked who they were and where they were going, both of them replied that they were going into the palace to steal diamonds. The security guard did not know why they were so angry without any cause. 那位绅士兴奋地回答说他也是一个小偷。两个人相互握手拥抱并结为朋友。新小偷建议他们去 偷一些值钱的东西,而且他确切地知道那些东西藏在哪里。他隐瞒了自己的身份带着小偷抵达了王 宫。当侍卫盘问他们是谁,要到哪里去时,他们俩都回答说他们要进入王宫去偷钻石。侍卫不知道 为什么他们会无缘无故这么生气。 The new thief friend took him to a shelf in a beautiful big drawing room. After breaking open the safe ④, they found five most valuable diamonds. They took four and left one diamond there in
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