Tuesday, March 22, 2016

童话:美梦成真

(澳大利亚Gerard Traub 曾铮翻译)
   从前,在一个遥远的池塘下面,住着一颗名叫莉莉的种子。她很害羞,但很爱跟朋友一起玩儿。
   有一天莉莉变得不开心了,因为她听别人说,在她住着的池塘上面呀,有一个奇妙的世界。听说那个世界里有明亮的光在闪耀,蓝蓝的天空一直伸到地平线的那一端。
   莉莉好想去看看那美丽的光呀。可是,她怎样才能到黑黑的池塘深水的上面去呢?她的朋友开始嘲笑她:“哈,莉莉又来了,还是正做梦呢。”
   他们总劝她别再梦想另一个世界了:“莉莉,这里才是你的家。为什么要到别处去找呢?”他们就是不能理解她。一条名叫雷雷的最最调皮的鱼大声嘲笑她,还告诉好多好多别的鱼都来笑她,骂她。
   虽然雷雷对莉莉很不好,但莉莉没有生雷雷的气,因为他几个月前刚刚失去了爸爸,让一个渔夫钓走了。她也知道并不是所有人都做同样的梦。但她的心里还是充满了梦想。
   有一天,正当莉莉做着白日梦的时候,芦苇伯伯来了。他说:“你好啊,莉莉。”莉莉的眼里突然充满泪水。
   “亲爱的,你为什么哭了?能告诉我出了什么事吗?”
   莉莉扬起脸看着芦苇伯伯。他是池塘中年龄最大、最有智慧的。莉莉一边流泪一边告诉芦苇伯伯她的忧伤。
   芦苇伯伯说:“亲爱的莉莉,你有一颗已长大的心,它要带你去看更了不起的事情。虽然你的眼睛看不见,但你的心已在寻找你这个池塘之家中所没有的景色。现在我要走了。我回来时再来看你。”
   过了不久,雷雷从莉莉身边冲过。莉莉看出他很生气。他故意把池塘底的沙子搅浑,水里变得更加漆黑。
   正当雷雷忙着搅和污泥时,他的尾巴突然被大石头夹住了。他又扭又蹦,但怎么也挣脱不出来。雷雷大叫道:“救命!救命!”
   莉莉听到他的喊声:“快帮帮我!”周围好象没有别的人了。
   莉莉转过头,看见她的朋友乌龟多多在不远的地方。莉莉使劲喊道:“多多!”
   多多游了过来。莉莉说:“多多,见到你真高兴。雷雷被大石头夹住了。我不知道有没有别的人能听见我的喊声。”
   多多是个忠实的朋友和一只不爱讲话的乌龟。他马上到雷雷那边去看能不能帮忙。
   他游到雷雷身后,用尽全身力气拼命地推。他用硬背壳顶石头,顶呀顶,把石头顶松了一点,雷雷急忙把尾巴扯出来。
   雷雷说:“多多,太谢谢你了。如果不是你和莉莉,我没准儿一整晚都得在那儿夹着了。”
   多多说:“这没什么。我很高兴能帮上一点忙。不过,我觉得你应该向莉莉道歉。你以前真的对她不好。”
   多多是对的。雷雷游到莉莉身边,为过去的行为道歉。“莉莉,真对不起!我嘲笑你,骂你,可是你从没回过嘴,今天还救了我的命。我怎么才能报答你呢?”
   莉莉看着雷雷的眼睛,知道他说的是真心话。“雷雷,我总相信你有颗善良的心,而现在你自己证实了这一点。我们做朋友好吗?”
   雷雷微笑着说:“莉莉,如果你真能原谅我,我太愿意做你的朋友了。”
   池塘里的污泥沉淀了下来,雷雷鳞片上也掉下很多泥巴。莉莉突然发现了什么。
   “雷雷,我以前从没注意到,你居然是条金鱼!你身上的泥掉下去了,你的真实面貌露出来了!”
   莉莉简直不能相信自己的眼睛。雷雷不好意思起来,急忙说:“谢谢!再见!”然后就游走了。他知道是莉莉唤醒了他心里的善意。
   又过了一些时候,芦苇伯伯回来了。莉莉告诉他这些事情。芦苇伯伯很高兴。
   “莉莉,因为你用心去帮助别人变好并看到真相,你也会拥有同样的机会。”
   芦苇伯伯悄声问:“莉莉,你想不想知道一个秘密?”
   “噢,当然,请告诉我!”
   “虽然我可能是这里年纪最大的,但却不是最有智慧的。芦苇就能看到水面上的世界。那真是个美丽的世界!有那么多有趣的东西可看。我的个头可能算是高的,我活了这么多年,实话说,莲花才是最有智慧的。”
   莉莉吃惊地望着芦苇伯伯和善的脸。她说:“芦苇伯伯,我不明白!”
   “莉莉,你还小。但我相信你现在已经可以长高、伸展、成长为你注定要成为的那个样子。”
   莉莉慢慢地长啊,长啊,有一天她的双眼终于从黑黑的深水中浮出来,看见了水面上的新世界里那耀眼的光亮。
   莉莉的心高兴地欢呼。“噢,我终于看到天空的颜色了!我终于看到原来只在梦中见过的一切了!噢,芦苇伯伯,这里有我一直在梦想的光亮!”
   芦苇伯伯也象莉莉一样快乐。他弯下腰,对莉莉说:“你的眼睛再也不会被池塘的水蒙住了。因为你纯洁的天性,你被赐予了一个新的生命。”
   芦苇伯伯又走近些,轻声说:“莉莉,现在你看见了池塘上方的大地,光亮的世界,但你还没看见最重要的景色。”
   莉莉听着他和善的话,不解地问:“芦苇伯伯,我现在能看见这么多奇妙的景色,还有什么可看的?”
   芦苇伯伯轻轻地笑着说:“这个景色就是你自己。你已经长成了这个池塘中最美丽、最迷人的一朵花儿。”
   莉莉转头打量自己。她已经盛开为一朵光彩照人的娇艳莲花。她向远方望去,又看见了池塘里所有盛开着的莲花。
   她的美梦成真了!她终于看见了另一个世界!
   芦苇伯伯说:“这份美丽首先在你的内心生长,然后才溢到你的外表,你甚至在地平线的那一端都能看见。”
   莉莉这次终于听懂了。她低下头,第一次看见了水的真实面目。池塘是一个可以让她的心灵和智慧得到升华的地方,而所有的一切,不过都是她内心世界的反映。现在她终于拥有了眼睛,不,是心灵,去看那无边无际的美丽天空,那正在黎明的第一抹曙光中苏醒的新一天的新天空。
   莉莉真想与池塘里的每一个人分享她的快乐。她想告诉他们,每个人都有机会,去寻找那从自己内心开始的美丽的新世界。
   一个新的开始……
   附原文:
   LILY THE LOTUS
   by Gerard Traub
   Once upon a time, in a far away pond lived a little seed named Lily. She was shy and timid, but enjoyed playing with all of her friends. Lily, however, had become unhappy, as she had heard others speak of a wondrous land above the surface of the pond in which she lived. It was said that in this world a magnificent light shone upon all creatures and skies of turquoise blue stretched to every horizon.
   Lily longed to see the beauty of this light, but just could not rise above the depths and murky waters of the pond. Her friends sometimes teased her. “There’s Lily again, dreaming as usual.” They forever told her to give up her dreams of the other world. “This is your home Lily,” they said. “Why must you seek elsewhere?” They simply could not understand her! Even the fish swimming around her commented, “Why can’t you be content with who you are? We are happy here!” Freddy the Fish, the naughtiest of all, roared with laughter and told many of the other fish to tease Lily and to call her names. Although he was unkind to Lily, she was patient with him as he had lost his father only months ago to the line of a fisherman. She also understood that not everyone in life shares the same dream. Lily’s heart still longed for something more.
   One day while Lily was daydreaming, old Mr. Reed suddenly appeared. “Hello Lily,” he said. Tears suddenly came to her eyes. “Why, you are crying my dear. May I ask what is the matter?” Lily lifted her face to Mr. Reed, known as the oldest and the wisest of all in the pond. Her tears continued as Lily shared her sadness with Mr. Reed. “Lily my dear,” said Mr. Reed. “Life has given you a heart well beyond your years. It is calling you to greater things, and though your eyes may not see it, your heart seeks further than the depths of your watery home. I must be on my way now, but I will see you again on my return.”
   Soon after, Freddy the Fish rushed by and Lily could see that he was quite angry. He deliberately began stirring up the sand at the bottom of the pond, making the water even murkier than usual. As he was busily digging into the mud, he suddenly caught his tail between the rocks. He wriggled and splashed, yet no matter how he tried, he just couldn’t free himself. Freddy cried out. “Help, help!” Lily heard his call. “Help me,” he repeated. It seemed as if there was no one around. As Lily turned, she could see her friend Thomas the Tortoise in the distance. “Thomas,” she cried. He swam over to see what was happening. “Thomas, I am glad to see you,” she said. “Freddy is caught between the rocks and I didn’t know if anyone would hear me.” Thomas, a faithful friend, but a tortoise of few words, immediately went over to Freddy to see if he could help. He got behind Freddy and pushed with all his might. Using his hard shell, he lifted some of the rock until Freddy was able to break free. “Thank you so much Thomas, said Freddy. “If it wasn’t for you and Lily, I might have been there all night.” “Don’t mention it,” said Thomas. “I am only happy to have been able to lend a hand. However, I think you might owe someone else an apology. You really haven’t been very kind to Lily.”
   Thomas was right. Freddy swam over to Lily and apologised for his behaviour. “I am so sorry Lily! Even though I have laughed at you and called you names, you have never talked back to me and today you have helped to save my life. How can I ever repay you?” Lily looked into Freddy’s eyes and knew that he was telling the truth. “Freddy, I always believed that you had a good heart, and now you have proven this to me. Can we be friends?” “If you can ever forgive me Lily, I would be happy to be your friend,” Freddy said with a smile.
As the mud settled to the bottom of the pond it also began to wash away from Freddy’s scales. Lily suddenly noticed something about him. “Freddy, I never realised before that under your muddy appearance you are actually a splendid goldfish. You have revealed your true colours at last.” Lily could hardly believe her eyes. Freddy, embarrassed now, thanked Lily and quickly said goodbye. He swam away, knowing that Lily had brought a little kindness to his heart! Sometime later, Mr. Reed returned. Lily shared with him what had happened. Mr. Reed was very pleased. “Lily, because you have offered your heart to help another to better themselves and to see the truth, you too will be granted the same opportunity.”
   “Lily, may I share a secret with you?” whispered Mr. Reed. “Oh yes, please do!” she cried. “Though I might be the oldest here, I am far from the wisest. A reed can indeed see the world above the water of the pond, and what a beautiful world it is! There are so many interesting things to see. I might be tall, but having lived through many seasons, I can truly say the wisest of all is the lotus flower.” Lily was surprised and looked up to Mr. Reed’s kind and gentle face. “I don’t understand Mr. Reed!” she said. “You are young Lily, but I believe it is time for you to raise yourself high, stretch yourself wide so you may blossom into whom you are destined to become.”
   She slowly lifted herself until finally her eyes emerged from the murky waters into the brilliance of the new world above. Lily’s heart cried with joy! “At last I can see the colour of the sky, all the beauty I have seen only in my dreams. Here, Mr. Reed, is the light for which I have longed for!” He could sense her joy within his own heart, too! He leaned down to Lily, and spoke. “Never again will your eyes be clouded by the waters of this pond. By the purity of your nature you have been granted the gift of a new life!” Mr. Reed moved a little closer and whispered, “Lily, now you have seen the land above, this world of light, but you have overlooked the most important thing of all.” Lily listened to his kind words. “Mr. Reed, please tell me. I can see so many things now that I can hardly contain myself,” she said. With a soft smile he replied “It is not what you have seen of this new world, but indeed the beauty of whom you have grown into, the sweetest, most beautiful flower in the pond.”
   Lily turned to look at herself. She had unfolded into the splendour of a lotus flower, and as she looked further she could see all the other lotus flowers that had also raised themselves from the depths of the pond. Her dream to see beyond the waters had finally come true. “The beauty which has ripened within you is also that which you now see outside of yourself and will see even beyond the horizon,” said Mr. Reed. Lily at last understood. She looked down and for the first time saw the true nature of the waters below. The pond was a place where she could learn to raise her own heart and mind into a land of greater things! All, in fact, was but a reflection of what was inside her. Now she had truly found the eyes, or rather, the heart to see a boundless and most beautiful sky, awakening now as if to a new day unfolding at first light.
   Lily now wanted to share her happiness with everyone living in the pond so they too could be offered the opportunity to seek the beautiful world waiting to shine within their own hearts!
   The Beginning…

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