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Monday, December 31, 2012

Mind - Friend or Enemy? 心智——是朋友還是敵人?

Mind - Friend or Enemy?

December 26, 2012

Bad Antogast, Germany

1834
Q: How to overcome the mind which bothers me?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: That is its nature.
Do you know you are bigger than the mind? Wake up. Let the mind be there.

Q: Gurudev, how do I recognize my soul mate?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: First you should recognize your soul and then your soul mate.
You don’t know yourself, you don’t know who you are. You don’t know anything about yourself. You don’t know your mind; your own mind drives you crazy.
One minute it wants something and the next minute it wants something else. The mind keeps changing its mind all the time, and it gets caught up.
That is why in the Bhagavad Gita, there is a saying, 'Your own mind is responsible for your bondage and for your liberation,' there is nothing else.
Your own mind, if it acts like your friend, it also acts like your enemy.
If your mind is trained well through Sadhana (spiritual practices), it befriends you, and it helps you. Otherwise your own mind behaves like an enemy. Isn't this so true? It is so true!


I want to tell you an incident that happened last week, just before I came here.
In front of the Ashram we have a signboard of the Ashram. It so happened that a particular political party, their people came and put their posters on that signboard, just to create mischief.
They put big posters because there was a birthday party of the head of that political party. So our security people and others, naturally they pulled it down because people coming to the ashram couldn't see the signboard and didn't know where to go.
Now, the local leader of the party got very wild and he started screaming and threatening one of our teachers saying , I’m going to bring a lot of people and we will have a demonstration. And in front of that we will do hunger strike', and these very angry exchange of words happened. And our security people also said, 'Yes, you come. Let us see, we are also very strong.'

So, when I was driving to the city for another program, my secretary told me this story. I told him, 'Call this local leader and talk to him.'
So my secretary called him and told him, 'Gurudev has just come, he wants you to take a basket full of fruits, a garland and a shawl for the person who has a birthday, and give him blessings from Gurudev', and he agreed.
Then he asked, 'Why did they pull out our posters?'
My secretary played innocent and said, 'Oh, you had some difficulty, is it so?! Why didn't you tell me? You should have informed me. Gurudev has just come, he was on a tour. He heard there was a birthday party and he wants to send blessing. So you go and take these things to your leader and give him blessings.'
The whole situation got diffused and he felt very empowered. So now he could go to his boss with a garland and blessings from me, and he also got access to his superior in the party. 

All the big drama he was going to create ended with one phone call. He could go to the boss of his party with pride and say, 'Gurudev has sent me to give you a garland.'
So, he felt empowered and our people felt relieved.
See, when you know how you can diffuse conflicts, it is easy.
All that it cost was a phone call. But not every trick works everywhere. In different places you have to work differently. Sometime you have to take a tough stand, put your foot down and say no. Sometimes you have to be diplomatic and skillful.Always there will be people who try to create mischief, you need to have skill to handle all those situations.

The ancient people said that there are four ways to deal with any situation - Sama, Dana, Bheda and Danda.
1. Sama means with dialogue, with persuasion, with some discussion and communication
2. Dana means forgiving. 'Never mind, everybody makes mistakes', and so you give them a chance
3. Bheda means being indifferent. Being a little tough and making a point
4. Danda mean taking a stick, which is the last resort
Usually we use the last two ways in beginning itself. We don’t go with the harmonious path. You must first take the harmonious path, and then give a chance, and then discriminate, and finally, if nothing works, Danda, which is take a stick.
These are called the four skillful ways of handling any situation. 


Q: Gurudev, you have said that we shouldn't give explanations to people. But if we have something on our heart that is heavy and feel the need to talk about it, then what to do?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There is no one rule for it, sometime you want to speak and become calm and sometimes speaking doesn't help in any way.
Wake up and see, the whole world is like a dream. All those thoughts have gone, the behavior of people will disappear. Some people act good and some act bad, but everyone is going to die, and the world will be finished.
This set of people will all go away. Then new people will come and they will all die. Then another set of people will come, they will fight among themselves, they will hug, love, kiss, do everything, and they will all die.
Seven billion people on the planet today and all these seven billion people will all die. It is only a matter of a few years. In another hundred years, do you think the same people will be here? Not one person who is here today will be alive. And two hundred years later, even the grandchildren will not be there.
See, the world is like a river, there is fresh water flowing every moment in this river. What is it that you are so bothered about?
If you want to leave something behind, it should be some knowledge that would help someone; that would be useful to someone. Not what he said, what she said, and what do you think about so-and-so situation. Come on, this is all nonsense! Throw them out of the window. It has no meaning. 

Hours together you waste in explaining, why you felt the way you were feeling and how and why others are feeling the way they are feeling.
Do you know, when the time changes, the mind also changes. There is a beautiful science about this. You can also get a clue from the astrological chart, how the mind is connected with time.
Sometime, we will start a course on the connection between mind, time and the planets. See, I don’t want to say astrology because it has been misused and misinterpreted so many times. It is a one of the most disorganized science today.
No doubt astrology is a science but it has been distorted so much that you can’t even see what the original is.
There are twelve constellations and nine planets according to Vedic astrology.
It is said that when Jupiter transits in the eighth place from the time you are born, it has an impact on your mind. 

Similarly, when Saturn transits the eighth place, it makes your emotions go topsy-turvy.
When Jupiter is in the eighth place, you lose all your wisdom. But that is only for eleven months, and in these eleven months, it is only for three months that it makes you so miserable. Unless and until you are in deep spiritual knowledge or enlightened, this will definitely affect your mind.
But if you know, 'These are the three months that are going to be a little difficult on my mind and emotions', then you will not take decisions, or do thing in those months.
Similarly, every two and a half days, the mood of the mind changes.
If you are miserable, it won't exceed two and half days. There will be a break and then it may come again. 

Like this, the cosmos has an influence on the mind.
What can protect you from this influence is satsang, meditation, chanting. All this is like putting on an armour.
An arrow was coming, but you have an armor, so it didn't really hit you.
So, singing and chanting 'Om Namah Shivaya' so many times makes an armour around you and protects you from being affected by all these crazy things.
We do Yagnas in the Bangalore Ashram for the welfare of the whole world and for all of our devotees. There is a small Yagna done six times every month, and during Navratri we do a big one to bring peace, prosperity and protection to the world and all our devotees.
These are the ways of the ancient people. We will have more knowledge and courses on this in the future. 

Q: Where do the thoughts come from?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: This thought came to you just now? Where did this thought come from? It came in you, so why don’t you sit and see, where it is coming from?
The moment you sit and think what is the origin of thought the mind goes blank. That indicates from where thoughts are coming.
You are the source from where thoughts, ideas and emotions come – that inner space.
It is like someone asking, 'Where do the clouds come from?'
Clouds are just hovering in the sky. In the same way, in our inner sky, there are three akashas – one is the outer space, the second is the inner space where thoughts and emotion come, and there is the third space which is a witness. Where there is nothing, just bliss. 

Q: How to get a faith that never shakes?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If it is true faith, let it shake.
Truth will never go, and if the faith is with the truth, let it shake. It will never get lost.
In fact, you should doubt as much as possible.
You can say, 'Don’t doubt', only when a thing is not a genuine thing.
If it is genuine gold, I tell you, go on scratching as much as possible. But if it is just rolled in gold, or gold polish, then you say, 'Don’t scratch too much because it will disappear.'
With true gold, any amount of scratching will not make it go away.
Doubt is simply lack of energy. When you are high in energy, where is the doubt?
Doubt comes when the energy is low. True faith is that which you shake a hundred times and it still stays on. That is true faith, and it will remain. 


Q: You said we come to the Ashram and regenerate - why is the world not an Ashram?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: To me the world is my Ashram.
But when you come in a physical place, or in an Ashram where there is always meditation happening, that place holds those vibrations.
See in your home, there is a place for dining, a place for resting, and a place for garbage. Like that, in the world, there is a place for everything.
I would love everyone of you to make your home an Ashram. And what is an Ashram? It is a place where there is wisdom and where there is love. It is a place where anybody who comes is welcomed and given some food so that they can come and relax. 

If you can create such a power then the whole world is an Ashram. In fact, when you go and be with nature in the forest or in the woods, it is all an Ashram only.
I say that every tree in the world is in my own garden; in my own ashram. This is the fact, but sometimes when you feel that this is not helping, that you need a place where you can go and energize yourself, then you come here (Ashram).
It will be very obvious for you to feel the energy here. Just like in your home, you can be anywhere, but if you want to feel the aroma of food, you have to walk into the kitchen. You can eat anywhere, but in kitchen or dining area, the aroma is there. 

Q: Does the soul have an aim?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, the soul definitely has an aim, to become one with the super-soul. The small mind's aim is to become one with the big mind.
Every wave wants to wash the shore and become one with the ocean, which it already is! 

Q: What is time?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The distance between two events.
What is distance, if you ask me, it is the space between two objects.

Q: How to go back to the source?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Just by being quiet, unlearning and unwinding you will get back to the source.

Q: Can you tell us about Kali Yuga.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There are four Yugas; time is divided into four aspects.
1. Satya Yuga, when there is a lot of positivity
2. Treta Yuga, when the positivity goes a little down
3. Dvapara Yuga, when the positivity goes a little more down, and
4. Kali Yuga, when positivity goes down even more
This is what is said about Kali Yuga. But I tell you, within Kali Yuga there is Satya Yuga.
The days when you feel happy, know that you are in Satya Yuga. And when you are totally miserable, you are in Kali Yuga.
In that sense, within the big Kali Yuga also, there are good times.


Q: You said truth is contradictory. Can you give us an easy way to understand this?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Milk is good and milk is bad.
Milk is good if you drink one glass, bad if you drink two litres. Got it?!
If you come to Bad Antogast from Freudenstadt, you have to go straight down and turn to your right. But from Oppenau, you have to go straight and turn left.
Both instructions are true, but they are contradictory.
Truth is spherical, it is not linear. When anything is spherical there are multiple ways to get to that.

Q: Is India on the verge of becoming the country it was 2,000 years ago?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If the politicians let it happen, it will.
The politicians have become a problem in Italy, in India, and in Greece. It is the politicians who are driving the country towards bankruptcy.
Each country has enough resources and good people. There is dynamism, but corruption is taking the nations to a primitive, medieval era.

心智——是朋友還是敵人?

2012年12月26日 Bad Antogast德國

問:要如何克服那些困擾著我的心智?
古儒吉:這是自然的。你可知道你比你的心智還來得大?醒過來。就讓那心智留在那裡就好。 

問:古儒吉,我要如何認清誰是我的靈魂伴侶?
古儒吉:首先你先去認清你的靈魂,然後你才去認清你的靈魂伴侶。你不知道你自己,你不知道你是誰。你對自己一點都不了解。你也不知道你的心智,而你的心智讓你瘋狂。這一分鐘你想要某些東西,下一分鐘你要別的。心智不停的改變主意,而它把自己困住了。所以在博伽梵歌裡有提到『你的束縛和解放是你心智的責任』,除此之外沒有其它的了。你的心智可以是你的朋友,也可以是你的敵人。如果透過 Sadhana(薩達納,靈性修持)來訓練你的心智,它就會成為你的朋友,它也會幫助你。不然的話,它就像是我們的敵人。它就是如此真實。我要告訴你們關於在我來到這裡之前,靜心所發生的一個事件。在靜心所前面有個路牌,有個政黨的人就在這路牌上貼上他們的海報,這是個惡作劇。他們放上一個很大的海報因為他們的負責人將舉辦一個生日派對。而我們的保安人員就自然而然的把它拿下來,因為它擋著路牌讓那些要來靜心所的人找不到來靜心所的路。結果地方負責人對這件事感到非常的憤怒。他開始大聲喊叫,並威脅我們的老師們說『我會帶很多人來這裡示威,我們也會做絕食抗議』,而我們的保安人員也說『那你就來吧,我們等著瞧,我們也是很強的。』

在我去另一個城市的途中,我的秘書就把這個事告訴了我。我說『打電話給這個領袖並和他說話。』我的秘書打給他並告訴他『古儒吉剛來到,他要你拿一 籃子的水果,一個花環和披肩給那個生日的人,他也給了他的祝福。』而那領袖同意了。他又問到『為什麼他們要拿下我們的海報?』我的秘書就無辜的說『噢,你是不是面對了一些困難?為什麼你沒對我說?你應該告訴我呀。古儒吉剛好來到了,他剛好在巡迴,他聽說了有生日派對,所以他要送上他的祝福。你就去把這些東西交給你的領袖,並給他祝福吧。』

整個形勢得到了轉變,他覺得被授權了。所以現在他可以去到他老闆跟前給他花環和我的祝福,而他也可以在生日派對上接近他的上司。整個他所要引起的戲劇就被一個電話結束掉了。他可以自豪的去到他老闆的生日會上並說『古儒吉讓我來給你花環。』所以他覺得被授權了,而這裡的人也松了一口氣。

如果你可以解除紛爭,一切就會容易多了。就只需要一通電話而已。但並不是每一個技巧都可以用在任何場合上。在不同的地方你要採取不同的做法。有時候你需要一個比較堅決的立場,挺起身段說不。有些時候你需要一些外交手腕和熟練的技術。很多時候會有一些人要惡作劇,你需要有技巧去處理這些。

古時候的人說有四種處理事情的方法——沙瑪,達納,本達與丹達(Sama, Dana, Bheda and Danda. )。
1.沙瑪Sama是對話的意思,以勸說,和一些討論或交流。
2.達納Dana是原諒的意思。『沒關係,每一個人都會犯錯』,然後你給他們一個機會。
3.本達Bheda是冷漠的意思。強悍一點,有自己的看法。
4.丹達Danda是棍子的意思,也是最不得已的方法。
通常我們會在一開始就用最後的兩個方法。我們不去走那和諧的道路。你應該先採取和平之道,然後再給予機會,然後才辨別,而當一切都不管用,到最後的時候才用Danda,用棍子。這些被稱為四個處理情況的熟練方式。

問:古儒吉,你說過我們是不需要去給別人解釋的。但是如果我們在心頭上有事情沒說出來的話,我們會覺得很沉重,我們應該怎麼做?
古儒吉:這裡是沒有規則的,有時候你需要把事情說出來你才會覺得平靜,有時候把事情說出來並沒有幫助。去醒過來看一看,這個世界就像是場夢。所有的思緒都會離去,人的行為也會不見。有些人表現得很好,有些人表現得不好,但是每一個人都終究會死去,而世界也有結束的一天。這一組人也會完全的離開,新的人會來到,然後又死去。然後新的一組人會來到,他們會在彼此之間起紛爭,他們會擁抱,相愛,親吻,做完所有的事情,然後他們也會死去。
今天這個星球上有70億的人口,而這70億的人都會死去。這只是幾年的問題。再過一百年,你覺得同樣的人會在這裡嗎?在場沒有一個人會在那個時候還存活著。再過個兩百年,子子孫孫也不會存在了。這個世界就像是河流,無時無刻都有清新的水在流通著。讓你耿耿於懷的到底是什麼?

如果你要留下一些東西,那應該是一些可以幫助到別人的知識;一些對別人有用的東西。而不是他說過什麼,她又說過些什麼,又或是你對某某事情的看法等。拜託,這些都是瞎扯!把它們通通都丟出窗口。這些都是沒有意義的東西。很多個小時你只是花在埋怨:為什麼你覺得那樣,而別人又是為什麼會覺得那樣。
你可知道當時間轉變,心智也會轉變。這是個美麗的科學。你也可以從占星表得到一些線索:心智是如何和時間連結的。

過陣子我們會開始一些關於心智,時間和星球是怎麼連接的課程。我不要談論占星術因為它已經被濫用和被曲解了無數次。它是現今最缺乏組織的科學。無可否認占星術是門科學,但是它已經被扭曲到你們根本都無法看到它原本的樣子了。

依據吠陀的占星術,有十二個星座和九大行星。據說在你出世後,如果木星走到第八個位置,你的心智會受到影響。同樣的,當土星走到第八個位置的話,它會使你的心智顛三倒四的。當土星到那個位置的時候,你會失去你的智慧。但是只是十一個月的時間,而這個十一個月裡,只有三個月是真正讓你痛苦的。除非你開悟了,或是有著深厚的靈修知識,不然它肯定會影響到你的心智。但是如果你知道『這三個月對我心智和情緒會有些困難』,那你就不會隨便在這幾個月裡做決定,或做任何的事情。

同樣的,每隔兩天半的時間,你的心智就會轉變。如果你感到痛苦,它不會持續多過兩天半。這期間會有個休止點,但是它還會再次回來。就是這樣,宇宙具有影響的心智的力量。是什麼可以保護你,可以讓你免受這種影響的就是:唱場,靜心,念誦。這些就像是為自己套上盔甲那樣。箭頭朝著你來,而你有盔甲,所以它不會真正傷害到你。所以唱誦多次『Om Namah Shivaya 嗡那馬希拔亞』會為你建立起盔甲,以保護你免於受這些瘋狂的事情影響。
我們在班克羅靜心所做Yagnas(亞納——靈性修持),是為了全世界和信徒們的福利。每個月會做六次小型的亞納,而聖母節的時候就會做場大型的,以帶來平安,繁榮和保護我們所有的信徒。這是古時候的人所做的。在未來我們會有更多這方面的知識和課程。

問:思緒從哪裡來?
古儒吉:這個思緒剛剛出現了對嗎?這個思緒從哪裡來?它從你而來,你何不坐下來看看它是從哪裡來呢?當你坐下來思考思緒從哪裡來的那一刻,心智會變成空白。 這顯示了思緒出現的地方。你就是思緒,意見和情緒的源頭——是那個內在的空間。就好像有人問『雲朵從哪裡來?』雲朵就只是在天空裡盤旋。同樣的,在我們內在的天空裡,有三個阿卡沙(akashas——空間的意思 )——一個是外在的空間,第二是內在的空間,就是思緒和情緒出現的地方,而第三就是見證或目睹,一個什麼都沒有,就只是極樂而已。

問:要如何擁有一個不會被動搖的信念?
古儒吉:如果那是真正的信念,那就讓它去動搖吧。真理是不會離開的,而如果信念和真理同在,那就讓它動搖吧。它是不會迷失的。事實上,你應該多多去質疑,越多越好。你只可以在純正的事情上說『不要去懷疑!』。如果那是真金,那我會告訴你,盡你所能去刮它吧。而如果那只是鍍金而已,那你會說『別刮的太用力因為它會消失掉。』如果是真正的黃金,再用力的刮也不會讓它消失的。質疑只是因為缺乏能量。如果你的能量很高的時候,你會質疑嗎?質疑會在能量低落的時候出現。真正的信念是無論你動搖了幾百次它都還是存在。這是真正的信念,而它是會持續的。

問:您說我們來到靜心所及重生——為什麼世界本身不是一座靜心所呢?
古儒吉:對我來說世界就是一座靜心所。但是當你來到一個時常有靜心活動的具體地方,或是一個靜心所,那些地方有著那些震波。就像你的家裡,有用餐的地方,有休息的地方,有放垃圾的地方。世界也是這樣,每一樣東西都有它的地方。我希望每一個人都能把你們的家營造成像靜心所那樣。而靜心所是怎麼樣的?它是一個有智慧和愛的地方。它是一個歡迎任何人到來的地方。它是一個提供食物好讓那些來到的人可以放鬆的地方。如果你可以製造這樣的一個力量,那麼整個世界就是一個靜心所。事實上如果你去森林或是樹林裡,那兒就是靜心所。我說世界上所有的樹都是在我的花園裡;在我的靜心所裡。這是個事實,但是有時候當你覺得這個無法幫到你的時候,而你需要一個地方充電的時候,那你就來這裡(靜心所)吧!在這裡你會很明顯的感受到能量。就像在家裡般,你可以呆在任何一處,但是如果你要聞到食物的香味,你就得走進廚房。你可以在任何地方用餐,但是在廚房或是用餐的地方才有會那香氣。

問:靈魂有目標嗎?
古儒吉:有的,靈魂肯定有個目標,就是和那終極的靈魂在一起。小心智的目標是要和大心智合為一體。每一個海浪衝到海洋為了和海洋成為一體,而它們本來就已經是一體了。 

問:時間是什麼?
古儒吉:那是兩個活動之間的距離。而如果你問我距離是什麼,那是連個物體之間的空間。

問:要如何回到那源頭?
古儒吉:只需要安靜就好,去忘卻和解除一切,你就會回到源頭。

問:您可以告訴我們關於卡利尤佳嗎(Kali Yuga——鐵器時代)?
古儒吉:有四個尤佳(Yugas——時代);時間被分為四個週期。
1.薩亞尤佳(Satya Yuga——黃金時代),充滿積極正面的時代
2.蹀達尤佳(Treta Yuga——精神時代),積極正面下降了一些
3.杜瓦帕尤佳(Dvapara Yuga——杜瓦帕時代),積極正面又下降了多一些
4.卡利尤佳(Kali Yuga——鐵器時代),就是積極正面下降的更多了
這就是關於卡利尤佳的說法。但是我告訴你,在卡利尤佳之間有個薩亞尤佳。當你開心的時候,你需要知道你處在薩亞尤佳裡。而當你完全處於痛苦的時候,你是在卡利尤佳裡。這樣來說的話,處在再大的卡利尤佳裡,也會有好的時候出現。 

 問:您說真理是矛盾的。您可以給我們一些簡單的方法去了解這些嗎?
古儒吉:牛奶是好的也是壞的。當你喝一杯牛奶的時候,它是好的。當你喝兩公升的牛奶時,它就不好了。知道嗎?如果你是從 Freudenstadt(德國地方名)來到Bad Antogast(德國地方名),你需要走直然後右轉。但是如果你從Oppenau(德國地方名)來的話,你就要直走然後左轉。兩個指示都是對的,但是它們卻也是矛盾的。真理是球狀的,而不是線性的。當任何事物是球形的時候,就會有很多種方法抵達那裡。

問:印度會恢復到2000年前那樣嗎?
古儒吉:如果政治家要讓它復原,那它是會發生的。在意大利,印度和希臘,政治家成了問題。是政治家促使國家面臨倒閉的。每個國家都有足夠的資源和好人。也有活力,但是貪污卻讓國家停留在原始,和中世紀的時代。

New Year Wish 新年願望

New Year Wish

Q: Guruji, What should be our prayer for the new year?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: In the New Year, wish for happiness in which you can serve and share so that it grows and if any trouble or misery comes, they come, like day and night, they are part of the world, ask for the strength to be centered. Willingness to serve when joy arises should be the wish. Not that the whole year everything should be rosy, that does not really happen that way. Most of the days will be one way or another. So with this prayer or wish, you will see the days of trouble will be very few, if at all, and they will only bring about the skills from within you, make you more skillful, strong and beautiful. That's the practical way. So the New Year, learn from the previous year and move on to the New Year knowing you are timeless and those moments of meditation that you experience that timelessness. That is when the events don’t touch you, emotions don’t shake you, thoughts don’t disturb you, nothing whatsoever throws you off balance. In that serene space that you are, repose! Then neither pleasure nor pain touches you. You go beyond the duality.

More satsang and seva is the way to reduce misery. Satsang and seva. We are so fortunate. We have this opportunity to even think, discuss knowledge and have an experience of that inner space. Imagine those billions of people who never know how to close their eyes and be peaceful, to take a dip in that inner serenity even for a moment! For us it is so natural to be happy and peaceful. For those who do not know how to be peaceful, it like those insomnia patients who are so restless and tired, so tired and exhausted with everything around them but so restless they don't know how to rest or sleep! Can you imagine that sort of situation? That's where your intervention is so precious, so much is needed. Many times you don't have to talk much. Just you being around people who are not so peaceful brings them that wave of peace, that relief that they are looking for!

新年願望

問:古儒吉,新的一年我們應該要做些什麼禱告?

古儒吉:新的一年,期許自己可以在服務和分享中得到快樂,
也讓快樂從服務和分享中成長。如果有問題和痛苦出現,就讓它來吧,就像白天和黑夜的到來,它們是世界的一部分,去祈求讓可以自己處在中心的力量。你的願望應該是當歡樂升起時,你要願意去服務。而不是期待一整年都過的很順利美滿,事情不會完全是這樣的。 大多數的日子都是大同小異。這個禱告或是願望,你會發現問題減少了,而如果那發生的話,它也是為了帶出更好的你而出現的。讓你更有技巧,更堅強,更美麗。這是切實可行的辦法。所以在新的一年裡,向往年學習,而在新的一年裡,去察覺你是超越時間的。在靜心的時候你所經歷過的那些時刻就是超越時間的。這就是當那些事情都不會觸碰到你,你的情緒不會起伏,你的心智不會干擾你,也沒有人會讓你失去平衡。以一個很安詳的狀態去應對。沒有歡樂或是痛苦會苦倒你。你是超越二元性的。

減輕痛苦的方法是透過
更多的唱場和義工服務。我們是很幸運的。我們還有這樣的機會去思考,去討論知識,也有經歷內在的平靜的機會。去想像那數十億從來都不知道要如何閉上眼睛去感受平靜的人,一刻也沒有體驗過內在的安詳的人。對我們來說快樂和平靜是自然而然的。但是對那些不會平靜的人,比如失眠的人,他們對周圍的事情是那麼的焦躁不安,雖然他們累了,耗盡了,但是他們連要休息或睡覺都不能了。你能想像這樣的情況嗎?這就是為什麼你的介入是如此的珍貴,是很需要的。很多時候你不需要多說,你只需要處在那些不平靜的人周圍,你會帶給他們平靜的震波,這會讓他們找到他們所要尋找的。

Good Or Bad 好的或是壞的

Q) If opposite values are complementary, then am I good or bad or am I both?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Why do you put labels of `good' and `bad' on yourself? Take it off and be natural, be at peace.

問:如果對立的價值是互補的,那我是好的,或是壞的,或是兩者皆是?

古儒吉:為什麼你把自己標上『好的』或是『壞的』的標籤呢?把那些都拿掉,處在自然平靜當中就好。

Choices 選擇

Choices

The choice is always between good and the best or bad and worse. Choice is never between good and bad. When there is a good and bad in front of you, there is no choice. Your choice is only between bad and worse or good and the best. And when it is good and best, why do I have to worry so much. Okay fine, so what. Anyways it is good. The choice is always the confusion of wanting more. You know, you want more joy, more happiness, more something. It is good to have that up to certain limit. Beyond that, that becomes a cause of tension in life.

選擇

很多時候選擇都是在好與更好,或是壞與更壞之間。
選擇很少是在於好與壞之間。如果在你面前有的就只是好與壞而已,那麼你就沒有選擇了。你的選擇只是在於壞與更壞或好與更好之間。而當它只是在於好與壞之間,你就不會那麼擔心。OK好,然後呢?再怎麼樣都好,它都還是好的。選擇常常是在想要更多中混淆。你要更多的喜悅,更多的快樂,要更多其它的。如果有一定的限制是很好,如果超過限制,它就會變成生活上的壓力。

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Quote of the day

"Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves?"
Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, December 28, 2012

Being Friendly with everybody, is a sign of success 對每一個人都友善是成功的象徵

Being Friendly with everybody, is a sign of success

You want to hear some talk now? What topic you want me to speak? Love, Tell me, what other topic you want? Love, happiness, peace, God.. That’s all? Do you think I can talk about all these topics in next one hour? What if I know nothing about any of these topics. what will you do?

Does it really matter on what topic we are going to speak tonight? Tell me sincerely. Does it really matter? A woman from the audience: [We just want to hear you!] Topic does not matter at all.

You know we convey more through our presence. What we say in words is not that important. Do you know? Sometimes mother tells the kids, “Get lost”. she doesn’t really mean it. And the air hostess greets you and say, “Have a nice day”, they don’t mean it either. Isn’t it so?

There is another level of communication that we all have, that we have not paid much attention to. We convey through our presence, through our whole body, our whole being of vibrations. When there is a connection from that level of our being, the words do not matter.

Are you all here? Yes (from the crowd) One hundred percent. “yes” As I am speaking, do you notice that your mind is having a dialogue also? You are agreeing with me or disagreeing with me? Your mind is saying, “yes, yes, what he is saying is sense…yes I understand, I think it is right. and then, No how could that be, I don’t agree.” There is a dialogue going on. How many of you are here? may be about 375. 375 of us, have 375 dialogues at the same time. If there is a voice monitor, it would go bizarre!
It’s not just the noise here, but all the noise of the world present over here. Every possible TV station has its waves coming and making its presence right here. Do you see what I am saying?

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There is so much more to life that we don’t know. What we think is life and what we think we know, is only this much, a little bit of what the wholeness is. The scientist is astonished, the more he knows, the more unknown expands. The ancient sage once said, “Sanskrit words here, not clear!”, it means that even if you know one particle thoroughly, you will be enlightened, freedom comes to you.

There are three things to know, One, to know about GOD, second, to know about your Self, or know about a substance. Material approach and scientific approach know about a substance thoroughly. Or go into self enquiry, ask yourself who you are, what are you? How long have you been on this planet? 50yrs, 60yrs? Before that, where were you? Ask this question. Remember your age.. As I am talking, Remember your age. how old are you? You are 40, 50, 60. Where were you before that? And where will you be after another 30/40years? Are you going to be here forever?

We all have come with return ticket. Nobody has come with one way ticket. Anybody thinks that way? Anybody has plans to stay here for another thousand years? 200 years? No chance! Listen to what I’m saying? Next 30, 40yrs, where will you be? Who are you? Where will you be? Where are all those people who were here few years back. They are no more now. Where are they? Where did they come from, where did they go. Who am I? These enquiries about what is so obvious, is the knowledge about the self.

And the third one is the devotion to the unknown, the unseen, GOD. What you call GOD. Do you know what GOD means? G- Generator, O- Operator, D- Destroyer. G-O-D. That which is the basis of all creation which you don’t know about, but you feel that there is a power, that is GOD and try to know about it. There are three ways, either know about the matter, know about the Self or know the GOD. If you know anyone of this, you will reach the same point where you will know everything. All will come together. Don’t think GOD is a person sitting in the heaven trying to give you a finger, and when you try to go to Him, He goes farther away. He is there getting angry at you, trying to punish you. Forget about it all. GOD is LOVE, and Love is what you are made up of.

Today the problem in the world is all because of Love. If there is no Love there will be no problem also. You love money too much and you become greedy, You love power too much and you become power hungry. isn’t it so? You love someone too much and you become too possessive about that person. When you are possessive, then you become jealous. Love is the mother of jealousy. Love is the mother of greed. Love is the mother of fear. Love is the mother of hatred too. You cannot hate someone whom you do not love. Hatred is simply, love upside down. Fear is simply, love upside down. Are you with me? Are you all with me? [Yessssssss!] There in the back? [Yesssss!] Attentive? [Yesssss!]

If you are afraid of something, think that you have equal capacity to love also. When there is love, there is no fear. When there is fear, love goes into the background. Simply wake up and see, the whole creation loves you. The earth loves you dearly. You are held tight by the earth. Gravitational force of the earth is its love for you. Earth loves you, Air loves you, breath moves in and out of you, even when you are sleeping. If air stops loving, you cannot live. In Every atom in your body there is love, they all are together. The day they stop loving, you will disintegrate, all the atoms will move apart. The binding force of creation is Love, and you are made up of love. Everyone is seeking love, yet there is so much problem in the world, why? Because love gets distorted without knowledge, without wisdom. Isn’t that so?
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See, in a relationship if you are there to give love, rather than demand love from the other person, then you will feel better. If in a relationship you keep on demanding love, the relationship becomes sour, the love turns to hatred. Isn’t that so?
Who are you? We need to ask this ourselves. who am I? Who am I? Ask again and again, till you come to the state when you have such a smile on your face that nobody can take it away. See our smile is so fragile, just a phone call from somebody, and that’s it, you are put off. But you get into a mood, isn’t that so? We need to make our smile so strong. Everyone seems to be very serious. [laughter]

Do you know the fact that, a baby smiles 400 times a day? an adolescent smiles only 70 times a day and an adult doesn’t smile at all. That too if he gets a promotion or becomes an officer or little richer. He thinks if he smiles at somebody, they will ask something from him. If they smile at someone they might ask for some favour. So scared and fearful in life. Such life is not worth living. Sign of success is fearlessness, you know.

Being friendly with everybody, is a sign of success. Smiling is a sign of success. Not just having a big bank balance. What will you do? You spend half your health to gain wealth, and half your wealth to gain back the health. And then you keep all the money in the bank and when you kick the bucket, your children and other people will fight over what you have left behind. Life is much more than this. As long as we are alive, we should live life intensely. with joy, with enthusiasm, because life is enthusiasm. What do you say? There doesn’t seem to be any enthusiasm.

Relationship will be fruitful if they are focused on service. If husband and wife are focused on service, and not focusing on each other all the time, not policing each other all the time, then the relationship will be more successful.

Even just talking sometimes creates a lot of problem. You have some misunderstanding and you say, let’s talk it out. You sit and try to talk, and then the talking makes it more complicated, and worse, nothing gets solved. Haven’t you got that experience? Every time you try to clarify something, the doubt deepens more. Mistrust happens more. In life you should move. Life is like a river, flowing. River, takes whatever comes along. Life should be like that. Sometimes pleasant things happen, sometimes unpleasant things happen. Just flush them out and move ahead. Pleasant moments, unpleasant moments, some pleasant events, and events that you don’t like, why hang on to them? Suppose you are given 10 compliments and one insult, what will you hold? What would you grab and treasure and value most? That one insult you grab and hold it as a treasure. I am not going to forget this! You said that thing to me. I am not going to forget this! I will never forget!
You do not forget, but keep boiling the insult inside. Who is getting affected, you know? We take such vows, such promises to hold on to the negatives. Yoga is something that sets the clock back, that turns the wheel around, from holding on to the negative, you move on to the positive.

Watch the children, they cry and the next minute they start laughing. 10 kids are fighting, you think they are fighting and you try to separate them, they will cry and want to stay together and play. But as adults if you have an argument with somebody, you will not see their face may be for many months or even years? You try to stay with it. But kids are not like that. They hold on to the positive. Become like children again in life. Can you? You know, today make this resolution. Today, come what may, I am going to be like a kid! I am going to be like a child again. What are you in this whole universe. You are nothing! Billions of years have passed, billions of people have come on the planet, they have lived and died and gone, and yet we think we are somebody! Who are you? Wake up and ask this question. Who am I? What is my life in the context of this whole creation. Not even a speek of dust! This awareness will make us lively, lighter and more beautiful! Can’t we become like that? [Yessss!]

See your life with the context of the creation, in the context of the universe. Your whole vision changes. All these small difficulties if you see.. will no longer touch you. They will come… they will just come and go!

The same thing is true in relationship, we must remember, never hurt a man’s ego and never hurt a woman’s emotions! Don’t play with her emotions and don’t play with his ego. A man can take up any ego beating from anybody, but not from his own wife. This is just my analysis, I have no experience in this! If it is wrong, you should tell me!

You know, if a wife starts telling the husband, ‘you are useless, you are stupid, you are good for nothing, you do that, you look at that person.. that man is better, you are not doing anything.’ Then, he can’t stand that. So even if the whole world says that he is stupid, the wife should say that he is a real wise man! Man expects upliftment from his woman, his wife. Wife should always encourage the man. Even in the worst condition.. when his heart is broken, when he feels down, he feels depressed, the wife can uplift him.

And same with the man. You know, the wife can come and complain about her brother, mother, father or anybody to him, but he should not complain about her in-laws. He is into trouble! The moment he says “yes”, your brother, or mother, or father did this thing to me she will become defensive. She will get hurt. She has to defend her family her parent’s house. She will always be emotionally attached to her parents and she will defend them. So men should not point any mistake on his own in-laws. Then things will be less rough! You know. it happens in life!

But see life in a broader perspective, a bigger vision. The aim of The Art of Living is to make your life a celebration! It gives you such an inner strength, that nobody can take that smile away from you. Do you all want such a strength? [Yesss !]
Have I covered all your topics? What I have not covered? .[Devotion]

Devotion is what you are, your simplest state. The simplest form of love, when you feel totally at home, is called Devotion.And yoga. You know every child is a yogi. Every baby has done all yoga asanas, exercise and everything. Have you noticed when a baby is born, it comes with this mudra, it is called Adi mudra. And it sleeps with Chin mai mudra. If you observe a child from the time its born to the age of 3, it has done all yoga postures, breathing exercises, everything. So you all have done this.
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If you observe the nature, the nature and animals teach you a lot. All the animals in the creation sleep on their tummy. No animal sleeps on its back. Is there any animal that sleeps on its back? [From audience: My dog sleeps on its back.] Dog? They just go on their back and sometime roll, but they sleep on their tummy, if you notice. You know, if they have eaten something wrong, if they are not comfortable, then they go on their back, then they move on their back. But normally all the animals sleep on their tummy. When the child is born, it naturally sleeps on its tummy. Isn’t it? Mother turns the child and the Dad comes and again turns it around So its good to sleep on the belly. And the child does all the yoga postures. See even if a child is on its back, it lifts its leg up, and the neck is up, it is not in the ground, and it does the noukasana. Then it goes on the tummy and with the hands it does the Bhujangasana. It then does the side twist [Guruji gives the description with posture.] And all other yoga exercises. Everyone of us have done it when we were children.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
(A talk given at Victoria University)

對每一個人都友善是成功的象徵

你們今天要聽演講嗎?你們要我說些什麼課題?愛?告訴我還有什麼話題是你們要聽的?愛,快樂,和平,神。。。就只有這樣?你們覺得我們可以在接下來的一個小時裡講完這些嗎?如果我對這些課題都一無所知,那你們會怎麼做?我們今晚所要談的課題很重要嗎?真誠的告訴我,這個重要嗎?【觀眾席的一位女士說『我們只是要聽見你而已!』】課題完全不重要。你知道嗎透過我們的存在,我們可以傳達更多。我們所說的話語並不是那麼重要。有時候母親告訴孩子們『你給我消失吧!』,她其實並沒有那樣的意思。而當空中小姐問候你,並對你說『祝你有個好天』,她們也沒有那樣的意思。對嗎?

還有另外一個層次是我們每個人都有的,但是我們並不重視它。我們透過我們的存在,透過整個身體,透過我們整個存在的震波來傳達。如果在那個層次有所連接, 那麼語言就不重要了。你們都還在嗎?【觀眾說『在』】一百巴仙嗎?『是的』。當我在說話的時候,你有發現到你的心智也在對話嗎?你在同意或是不同意我所說 的?你的心智在說『是的,是的,他所說的都對。。。是的我明白了,我覺得那是對的。』或是『不,這怎麼可能,我不同意這點。』那裡也有一個對談在進行著。 你們有多少人在這裡?可能375個。375個人,有375個對談同時在進行著。如果有個語音顯示器,它會變得異常。在這裡不只是聲音而已,而是全世界的存 在都在這裡。每一個可能收到的電視台頻道的波率都存在。你知道我在說什麼嗎?

生命裡還有很多是我們所不知道的。我們以為我們對生命所認識到的也只是那麼一點而已,整個大體的其中一點點而已。科學家也覺得驚訝,他們所知道的越多,就會發現還有更多是他們所不知道的。古時候的聖人說『梵語在這裡,不太清楚!』意思是如果你對一樣事情完全的了解,那麼你會開悟,自由也會降臨。

這裡有三件事是你需要知道的,第一是你需要去知道神。第二,你需要去知道你自己,或是實質。物質的方法和科學的方法能徹底去了解實質。或是自我探究,問自己你是誰,你是什麼?你來到這個星球多久了?50年,60年?在這之前你在哪裡?問你自己這些問題。記得你的年齡,就如我所說的,記得你的年齡?你40,50,60。在這之前你在哪裡?30年或40年後你又在哪裡?你會永遠在這裡嗎?

我們都帶著來回票的。沒有人是拿著單程票來到這裡的。有誰是那麼想的嗎?有人要在這裡住個一千年的嗎?200年?沒那個機會的!聽到我所說的嗎?接下來的30年,40年你會在哪裡?你是誰?你會去哪裡?前幾年還在這裡的人,現在到哪裡去了?他們都沒有在了,他們到底在哪裡?他們從哪裡來?到哪裡去?我是誰?這些問題很明顯的就是對於本我的知識。

第三,對那不知名的,對那看不到的——神,對祂的奉獻。你所稱的神是什麼?你知道神(GOD)的意思是什麼嗎?G- Generator(生產者), O- Operator(操作者), D- Destroyer (摧毀者),形成GOD(神)。這是你所不知道的一切萬物的根本,但是你可以感覺到有一股力量並想要去了解祂,那就是神。有三個方法,去了解事情,或是本 我,或是神。如果你認清了其中的一項,你就會到達同一個點,在這裡你會知道一切。一切都會一起到來。不要以為神是一個坐在天堂裡試著給你援手的人,而當你 要去找他的時候,祂會離你越遠。或是祂在對你生氣,試著懲罰你。把這些都忘掉。神就是愛,而愛就是你的實質。

今天世界所面對的問題就是因為愛而引起的。如果沒有愛,那就不會有問題存在。因為你太愛錢了,所以變成貪心,因為你太愛權利了,所以你對權力渴求,對嗎?你太愛一個人了,所以要佔有他。當你要佔有某個人的時候,你就變得嫉妒。愛是嫉妒之母。愛也是貪婪之母。愛也是恐懼之母。愛也是仇恨之母。如果你不愛一個人你不會憎恨他。仇恨純粹只是顛倒的愛。恐懼,也是顛倒的愛。你們還和我同在嗎?【觀眾答:是的!】後面的?【是的!】有在注意聽嗎?【是的!】

你看在一段關係裡,如果你在給予愛,比起從另外一個人的身上渴求愛會來得容易。在一段關係裡,如果你不斷渴求愛,這段關係會變得糟糕,愛會變成恨,對嗎?
你是誰?你需要去回答這個問題。我是誰?我是誰?不斷的問自己,直到你來到一個階段:一個你的臉上有個沒有人能奪走的笑容。你看我們的笑容是多麼的脆弱,某個人的一個電話就足以帶走它了。你就會升起某種情緒,對不?我們應該讓我們的笑容變得更強壯。怎麼大家都突然那麼認真了呢?【笑聲】

你知道事實上,一個嬰孩一天笑400下嗎?而一個成年人就難得一笑了。他會笑,也是因為被升級了,或是有多一些錢。他會覺得如果你對別人微笑的話,別人會 跟他要東西。又或者是如果他對他們微笑的話,他們會要他幫忙。在生命裡變成那麼多害怕和恐懼。這樣的生命是不值得的。你知道嗎,成功的象徵是沒有恐懼。

對每個人友善是成功的象徵。微笑是成功的象徵。不只是因為有很多的銀行存款。平時你會怎麼做?你用了一大半的健康去追求財富,然後用一半的財富去換回健康。你把所有的錢都存在銀行裡,而等你撒手歸天的時候,你的孩子或是別人都會為了你的財產而爭吵。生命不只是這樣而已。只要我們還活著,我們應該積極的活出生命裡的歡樂,熱忱,因為生命就是熱忱。你說是嗎?

在一段關係裡,如果專注在服務上,這段感情就會有結果。如果夫妻只是專注在服務,而不是每時每刻注意著對方,像警察般的追踪對方,那麼這段關係會比較成功。 

有時候就連只是說話都會造成問題。當有些誤會發生了,你就說『我們談一談吧!』你們就坐下來企圖要談妥它,但是這只會讓問題變得更嚴重,更複雜,結果什麼都不能解決。你有這樣的經歷嗎?每次你試圖要弄清一些事情的時候,質疑就變的更深。也發生更多的誤解。在生命裡,你應該先前走。就像河流般。河流,無論什麼東西來到,它都會接受。生命應該是這樣的。有時候愉快的事情發生了,有時候不愉快的。就把它們通通都沖走,然後繼續向前就好。愉快了時候,不愉快了時候,有些愉快的事件,或是你不喜歡的時候,你會緊緊抓住它嗎?如果你得到10個讚美和一個侮辱,你會抓住那一個?你會珍藏那一個?你會把侮辱當寶藏般的珍藏。我不會原諒這個!你對我說過的這些,我不會忘記的!我永遠都不會忘記!你不會去忘記,而是一而再的在內心裡重覆這個侮辱。你知道誰會被影響嗎?我們發了這樣的誓言,我們承諾要去抓住這些負面的事情。瑜伽就是把時鐘重設,把輪反轉,從抓住負面的,你向正面的前進。

看 看小孩子,前一分鐘他們在哭泣,下一分鐘他們就開始開懷大笑了。十個孩子在打架,你以為他們在打架所以你要把他們分開,他們會開始哭泣因為他們還是要在一 起,要在一起玩耍。但是如果大人和某個人吵架的時候,你會好幾個月或是好幾年都不要再看到他們的臉。你會緊抓住這個。而小孩子卻不是這樣。他們是抓住正面 的。在生命裡變回和孩子一樣可以嗎?今天就開始做這樣的一個轉變:今天,讓該來的都來,而我會像個孩子一樣!我會再次和孩子一樣。在這宇宙間你是什麼?你 什麼都不是!幾十億年過去了,幾十億個人來到這個星球,他們在這裡住過,而他們也死去了,離開了。而我們卻以為我們是某某人!你是誰?醒來問問自己這個問 題。我是誰?在整個創作之下,我是什麼?連一顆灰塵都不是!這個醒覺讓我們活起來,變得更輕雲,變得更美麗!我們能不能成為這樣?【聽眾:可以!】

從整個創造界,整個宇宙的角度去看你的生命。你的整個視野會改變。這些你所看到的小問題都不會再困擾你。它們還是會來,但是他們來了就離開了!在一段關係裡也是一樣,我們一定要記得不要去傷害一個男人的自尊,也不要去傷害一個女人的情緒!不要拿她的情緒和他的自尊來開玩笑。一個男人可以被其他人打壓他的自尊,但是絕對不是來自他的太太。這是我的分析,我在這方面沒有經驗。如果這是錯誤的,你們要讓我知道。

當一個太太開始告訴她的丈夫『你很沒有用,你很笨,你什麼都不是。你去做那個,你看看那個人,那個男人比較好,你什麼都沒做』,那麼他會受不了。所以就算全世界都說他是笨蛋,身為他的太太卻應該告訴他他是一個智者!男人希望他的太太可以讓他提升。妻子應該時常鼓勵丈夫。就算是在最壞的情況下:當他的心碎了,當他低弱,當他憂鬱的時候,妻子應該支持他。
男人也是一樣,當你的太太來投訴她的哥哥,母親,父親或任何人的時候,身為先生的是不可以加上一句投訴他們的話。他會讓自己陷入困境的。當他說『是的,你 的哥哥,或母親,或父親對我做了這種事情』的時候,她會開始升起防禦性。她會受傷。她會捍衛她的家人,她的父母的家。她是時時刻刻都在精神上和她的父母連 結的,而她也會捍衛他們。所以男人不可以指出任何她的家人的錯誤。事情會簡單些。你知道的,這些都是人生裡會發生的事情。

從一個更廣闊的角度去看人生,一個更大的眼光。『生活的藝術』就是要讓你的生命成為一場慶典!它讓你的內在變得強壯,讓任何人都帶不走你的笑容。你們要這樣的力量嗎?【要!!】我有談及所有的課題了嗎?還有什麼是我還沒有談到的?【虔誠】

你就是虔誠,一個最基礎的狀態。最基本的愛的模式,當你完全覺得回到家裡的時候,這就是虔誠。而瑜伽,你知道嗎,每個孩子都是瑜伽者,所有的孩子都做過所 有瑜伽的體式,運動和一切。你有發現孩子出世的時候,他是帶著這個手印嗎?這是阿締手印。而睡覺的時候就用欽手印。如果你從他出生到三歲之間觀察他,你會 發現他都做過所有的瑜伽體式,呼吸練習,所有一切。所以這些你們也都做過了。 

如果你去觀察大自然,大自然和動物會教你很多事情。很多的動物都是趴睡在自己的肚皮上的。沒有動物是躺在背後睡的。有 沒有動物是平躺著背後睡的?【觀眾席有人說:我的狗是躺在它背後睡的。】狗?它們只是偶爾翻轉到它們的背後,如果你有注意到的話,它們還是睡在它們的肚皮 上。如果它們吃錯東西,它們不舒服時,它們就會在背後翻轉。但是平時它們還是會趴著睡的。當孩子出世的時候,他也是自然而然的趴著睡,對嗎?而爸爸媽媽會 把他翻轉過來讓他躺在背上。趴著睡是好的。而孩子也做了所有的瑜伽體式。你看如果孩子躺在他的背後的話,他也是會把手,腳和頸項抬起來的,這就是船式。而 當他躺在肚皮上的時候,他會把手伸直,這就是眼鏡蛇式。然後他還有側邊扭轉和其它的瑜伽運動。我們所有人都在還小的時候做過這些了。
--古儒吉(在維多利亞大學的演說)


18 Principles of a Spiritual Life 靈性生活的18個法則

18 Principles of a Spiritual Life

- By H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Source: http://artoflivingsacramento.wordpress.com/2008/07/26/18-principles-of-a-spiritual-life/

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is both visionary and practical. At the dawn of the new millennium, he calls for a return to the timeless values common to all religious traditions as a means to resolving conflict in the world today. He recognizes that this begins with individuals who embody those values in their own lives. In guiding people around the globe to finding this life for themselves, Sri Sri offers the eighteen principles of the spiritual path.



 When attention is given to the spiritual aspect of one’s life, it brings responsibility, a sense of belongingness, and compassion and caring for the whole of humanity. Spirit upholds and sustains life. It makes you strong and solid. It breaks down the narrow boundaries of cast, creed, religion and nationality and gives you an awareness of life present everywhere. It is only through this awareness, this uplifting of consciousness, that wars can be eliminated and human rights restored in the world today. How can these things be achieved? What are the main principles of a spiritual life?


1. Confidence

The first principle of the spiritual path is to have confidence in yourself. Without confidence, achievement does not come. Doubt is what opposes confidence. Once you eliminate the negative, you will see that the positive has already happened. When doubt clears, confidence is there. So to gain confidence, you must understand what doubt is.
If you observe the nature of doubt, it is always about something positive. You never doubt what is negative. You know this from your experience. You doubt someone’s honesty, but you never doubt dishonesty.You doubt the goodness of other people, but you never doubt their bad qualities. If someone says, “I love you very much,” you say, “Really?” But if someone says, “I hate you,” you never say, “Do you really?” Understand your doubt as questioning the positive and having confidence in the negative, and know that if you are having doubt, there must be something good present. Approached in this way, doubt gives you a means to move ahead. I am not telling you to drop your doubt. Doubt as much as you can! Give it your 100%. That will help you through it. Once you cross this barrier of doubt, then further progress comes.
 
2.Stop Blaming Others and Yourself

The next principle is to stop blaming others and yourself. The spiritual journey is a journey to the Self, and when you are engaged in blaming yourself, you will not want to approach the Self. You will not be attracted to that. Without this movement toward the Self, toward spirit, you have a journey toward matter. The joy you get from matter is tiring. The joy you get from spirit is uplifting. You will find negative qualities within yourself, but you don’t need to blame yourself for them. Whenever you blame yourself, you are bound to blame the other, because self-blame cannot stand for too long. You will find reason to escape from it by hooking it onto someone else. This causes hatred to arise. And whenever you blame someone else, you are preparing again to blame yourself. There is so much blame being given today that it is dampening the consciousness of the whole world.


3.Praise Other and Yourself

The third principle is praise yourself and praise others. Praising others goes a step beyond not blaming others. Praising kindles spirit and the presence of spirit is uplifting to yourself, to the other, and the entire environment. In praising yourself or another, a space is created within you that is filled with joy. If you can praise yourself, you won’t need praise from others. Often we think that praising ourself is ego, but, in fact, ego cannot praise itself. Rather it hopes for praise from others. And understand that all praise goes to the Divine anyway. If you say you have beautiful eyes, who made them? Every praise goes to the Divine, the Maker. The act of offering praise expands consciousness. Something inside you opens up. Blaming shrinks consciousness. Since the spiritual dimension is an expansion of consciousness, of the mind, we do not want to counter that by blaming. Sincerely offer praise to someone and see how you feel.


4.Sincerity

Sincerity is the fourth principle. In all things, be sincere. Do not fool yourself and do not try to fool anyone else. You are not on the spiritual path for anyone else’s sake. Spiritual seeking without sincerity is empty. It brings no benefits. With sincerity, it brings peace, happiness and joy you can find in no other way on this planet.


5.Responsibility

The fifth principle of the spiritual path is responsibility. The spiritual path is not escape from responsibility, but taking responsibility. However much responsibility you have taken for your life, by that much you are on the path. If you think it is difficult to manage what has been given to you to do, more will be given! People mistakenly think that being spiritual is an escape from hard work. No. The spiritual path is marked by effective and
dynamic activity.


6.Let Go of the Past

The sixth principle of spiritual life is the ability to let go of the past. See the entire past as a dream. Then you come to the present moment. You will find it is not necessary to make an effort to be in the present. The moment you let go of the past, your mind comes to the present on its own. In the present moment, spirit is kindled—even a little spark is made into a glow. When you cling to the past, the spark is covered with ashes. Be in the present and blow away the ashes of the past.


7.Acceptance

You need to know how to create a harmonious environment around you. You may think that your environment creates you, but in truth, you create your environment. See that what is, is. The acceptance of what is has two aspects. The first is the acceptance of the present moment as inevitable. It has happened as it happened. If you want it to be different, it can only become different in the next moment. Only when you accept what is and become calm, can you effectively change anything. The second aspect is to accept other people as they are. Whatever behavior they are exhibiting, see that it is the best that they have to offer in that moment. Be analytical. Look for possible explanations for their actions. And simultaneously take responsibility for your own. In this way, acceptance becomes dynamic and your environment becomes harmonious.


8.Confirmation of Your Own Death

The eighth principle of spiritual life is confirmation of death, the understanding that you are going to die one day. Because there is something deep within us that does not die, we may not fully comprehend the fact of our own death. The confirmation of death can bring you to the present moment. It can take you out of all the small temptations that keep you away from the present. Once you know that you are going to die, then the future will not haunt you.


9.Impermanence of Life

The ninth principle is the impermanence of all that exists right now—the impermanence of situations, circumstances, emotions and people around you. Knowing that all this is impermanent raises the level of spirit. You can act with more energy, enthusiasm and vigor. We think that if we recognize that everything is impermanent, it will bring down our enthusiasm and lead us to a state of apathy. No. The correct understanding of impermanence kindles spirit. Whenever spirit is kindled, you feel uplifted. Enthusiasm and
dynamism are present.


10.Trust

Trust the supreme and infinite Intelligence which has formed this entire creation, from the cosmic display to the interplay of genes and atoms and molecules. Just in the arrangement of electrons, something becomes a flower and something else becomes a stone, something is gold and something else is charcoal. See that there is a basic substratum, an underlying intelligence, a unity, in this entire creation. And see that it is lively. We don’t see the universe as a living thing. We see only matter everywhere; in our eyes only objects appear. We know there is a magnetic field in creation, but we often
see it as a dead field. Pure consciousness, that which is the basis of mind, that of which you are a part and everyone else is a part, is such a field and it is alive. Understanding, accepting and trusting the Intelligence which creates and sustains all things is the tenth principle of spiritual life.


11.Unity in Creation

When the human mind is stressed and tense, it judges, discriminates, loves this, doesn’t love that, makes boundaries. And in so doing, it removes itself from existence. This removal of existence from the flow of existence is called separation, but it is only apparent. Separation from existence is not possible. If a portion of a circle is removed, there is no longer a circle. See that you are part of existence, a fragment of the _expression of the supreme Intelligence, the unifying force which underlies all of creation, all that is. This is the eleventh principle.


12.Your Nature is Love and Peace

When you understand the unity in creation, you don’t have to make an effort to love others. Love is your nature. Love is what there is. Nothing other than love exists. See that love is not an action that you do, not a moral obligation that you must carry out. See that you exist in love and everything else exists in love. And know that peace is also your nature. At any moment, in any place, you can just sit and let go, knowing inside you there is a pure clear space, vast and deep. That inner space is what you are. When you feel this, you are in touch with your spiritual dimension. ”I have come from peace, I am in peace, I’ll go back to peace. Peace is my origin and my goal. I am peace, I am space, I am love” This inner affirmation or experience makes you a seeker. Knowing that your nature is love and peace is the twelfth principle.


13.Balance

The thirteenth principle of spiritual life is finding a balance between activity and rest—between enjoying your world and coming back to your self, and finding a balance between silence and speech. If you kept silent all your life, never uttering a word, you would not necessarily be living the spiritual life. You have been given speech. You have been given talents and abilities. Make right use of these things you have been given and balance that with meditation, the self-referral aspect of your consciousness.


14.Self Enquiry

Self-enquiry is the next principle of spiritual life. Start with awareness of the feeling of your own body —your own skin, the feeling of your skin under your garments, and under the skin your muscles and nerves and then bones. Do not be insensitive to life, like an animal who only eats, drinks and sleeps. Observe every sensation. Have the keenest awareness. In knowing your own body, you will come to know spirit—that which is different from the body.


15.Dispassion and Maturity

Keen awareness comes with maturity, or you could say, with dispassion. Maturity and dispassion come together. You cannot be mature and not be dispassionate also. Dispassion is often wrongly understood to be a flat, dull state of mind or a negative mood. It has the connotation of being aloof and disinterested. This is not true. In dispassion, you are aware; you are intimate with yourself. In maturity there is no feverishness. In maturity there is royalty, there is freedom, there is understanding, there is mystery. This is the fifteenth principle of spiritual life, gaining dispassion and living maturely.


16.Appreciation of Beauty

The sixteenth principle of spiritual life is to acknowledge the beauty in creation, the beauty in every person, the beauty within you, and to know this beauty in the nature of spirit. The mind runs after beauty, appreciates beauty, but there is a difference between appreciating beauty and wanting to possess it. In wanting to possess beauty, we lose our dispassion. Know it is spirit that is beautiful. Wherever you perceive beauty, spirit is there. If someone is beautiful, it is because of the spirit in them. A dead body is never beautiful. Attributing beauty to spirit and differentiating that from matter takes you a long way on the spiritual path.



17.Worshipfulness and Honor

The appreciation of beauty brings worshipfulness. You worship beauty, you adore it. Adoring and worshiping everything in creation as a reflection of the Creator is the next principle of spiritual life. And honor everything. Honoring is more than an emotional response. It is an attitude. It indicates a balanced understanding of life. When respect and love are both present, that brings honor. When there is honor, the mind is one hundred percent present and a sense of sacredness comes. Love and respect bring honor and honor brings sacredness. You cannot feel for something and not feel its sacredness. Sacredness brings alertness in the consciousness. Awareness comes.


18.Life is Imperishable

The final principle of spiritual life is knowing that life is imperishable. This is totally contradictory to the principle of knowing that life is impermanent, that everything is perishable. Now we say that life is imperishable; nothing can happen to it. Truth is always contradictory.

靈性生活的18個法則


出處:http://artoflivinghkc.wordpress.com/2008/04/


當人們把生活的注意力放在靈性上,它會帶出責任、歸屬感、慈悲和對人性的關懷.靈性支 援並維繫你的生命,它使你活得更堅強和充實.它打破狹窄的種性制度,教條、宗教和國際的疆界,帶出隨時覺知當下的生命.唯有透由覺醒、意識的提升,戰爭才 會消除,人權才能在今日的世界重建.

然而如何才能達成這些呢?什麽是靈性生活的主要原則?


1. 信心 (confidence)

在靈性道路上的第一步是對自己要有信心.沒有信心,生活上就不能有所成就.懷疑和信心是對立的,當你去除了負面的,你將會發現正面的早已在那裡,當懷疑不在,信心就在那裡,因此為了獲得信心你必須瞭解懷疑是什麽.

當你觀察懷疑的本質時,你會發現人們總是懷疑正面的事情,你從不懷疑負面的事情.你可 以從自己的經驗瞭解到這一點.你懷疑別人的誠信,卻從不去懷疑別人的不誠信.你懷疑人們的優點而從不懷疑他們的缺點.如果有人對你說“我非常愛你”,你會 回答:“真的嗎?”但別人說“我恨你”,你卻從不說:“你是真的嗎?”

瞭解你的懷疑總是質疑正面的事物,卻對負面的事物擁有信心,因此當你產生懷疑時,那必 然有好的事情出現了.以這樣的方式來應對,懷疑提供了你向前邁進的管道.我並不是要你把懷疑丟掉,盡可能的去懷疑,百分之百的去懷疑,這將有助於你去超越 它.一旦你跨越懷疑的障礙,你便能更進一步的向前邁進.


2. 停止責怪他人和自己 (stop blaming others and yourself)

下一個步驟是停止責怪他人和停止責怪自己.靈性的旅程是一趟回歸本我的旅程,然而當你指責自己時,你將不會朝向本我邁進,也不會被本我所吸引.當你的動向非朝向本我、靈性,即會朝向世俗的物質上.從世俗物質得到的快樂會令人疲憊,而從靈性得到的喜悅是令人向上提升.

你會發現自己內在負面的特質, 但不要因此而責怪自己.當你責怪自己,你就會責怪別人,因為自責無法持續很久,你將找一個理由來逃避而轉向責怪他人,這導致怨恨升起.然而當你責怪他人時也就是準備再次責怪自己,正因今日有如此多的指責,使得全球意識低落.


3. 讚美他人和自己 (praise others and yourself)

第三的法則是讚美自己也去讚美他人.讚美他人讓你跨越對別人的責備,讚美可以激發靈性,而靈性的臨在可以提升自己、他人和整個環境.當讚美自己和他人時,你就創造出一個充滿喜悅的空間.

當你可以讚美自己,你就不需要別人的稱讚.然而我們常認為讚美自己是我執(ego),但事實上,我執是不會讚美它自己的,它只想要別人的讚美.瞭解到所有讚美不管來自何方最終都歸向神!例如你說你擁有一對漂亮的眼睛,而那是誰創造的呢?每一個讚美將回歸神—造物主.

讚美的行為會拓展意識,你的內在也因此綻放;責怪則使意識萎縮.既然在靈性的層面是要讓意識,心智去拓展,那就不要讓它因責怪而遭受挫敗.真誠的去讚美別人並觀照自己有何感受.


4. 真誠 (sincerity)

真誠是第四個法則.凡事都要真誠,不要愚弄自己也不要嘗試愚弄他人.你並不是為了別人而走在靈修的道路上.靈性的追求若缺少了真誠就會是空洞的,不會帶來任何利益.唯有真誠,它帶來安祥、幸福和喜悅,這些都是你無法從世上其他的管道中獲得的.


5. 責任 (responsibility)

在靈性道路上的第五個法則是責任感.走在靈修的道路上並不是逃避責任,而是去承擔責 任.你在生活中承擔起多少責任,將決定你的修為有多少.假如你逃避上天所賦予你的責任,則將有更多的事將降臨!人們錯誤的認為靈修就是逃避困難的工作.不 是的,靈修的成績是由效率和積極的行動力來打分的.


6. 放下過去 (let go of the past)

靈性生活的第六個法則是放下過去的能力.把過去當成一場夢,然後你就能回到當下,你將發現活在當下是不費力的.當你放下過去,你的心智會自己回到當下.

當下這一刻,當靈性被激發,即使是小小的火花也會轉變成光芒.而當你執迷於過去,火花將被灰燼所覆蓋.活在當下並將過去的灰燼吹走.


7. 接受 (acceptance)

你必須瞭解如何去創造一個和諧的環境。你也許會認為是環境創造了你,但事實上是你創造 了自己的環境.了知為何,然後如實接受(what is, is).接受可分為兩個層面:第一,接受當下是不可避免的,該發生的就會發生。假如你要它有所改變,唯有在下一刻才有可能.只有當你如實地接受事情的本貌 並讓心平靜下來,如此方可有效的改變任何事情.

第二個層面:接受別人原本的面貌.無論什麽行為表現,都視為是他們在此時此刻最好的呈現.去分析並為他們的行為尋找合理的解釋,同時讓自己負起完全的責任,如此,接受將轉變成動力,環境也變得和諧.


8. 確認人將一死 (confirmation of your own death)


靈性生活的第八個法則是確認死亡,瞭解有一天你將死去.因為內在深處有一些東西是不會死亡的,因此我們無法完全理解死亡的全貌;確認死亡會將你帶到當下,讓你從帶你離開當下的細小誘惑中跳脫出來.一旦你瞭解終有一死,未來就不再糾纏你.


9. 人生無常 (impermanence of life)

第九個法則是:目前所有存在的事物都是無常的-周遭的狀況、環境、情緒和接觸的人都是 無常的.瞭解所有的一切都是無常將提升靈性的層次,你的行動將更具有能量、熱忱和活力.我們以為當我們承認一切皆是無常之後,將降低我們的熱忱,使我們變 得漠不關心.不是的,對無常的正確瞭解會激發靈性,當靈性被激發,你將感到被提升,熱忱和活力也就會出現.


10. 信任 (trust)

去信任那至高無上、無限的創造界的智慧,它以基因、原子和分子有秩序的展現和互動,從這宇宙建構這整個創造界.只因電子以不同的排列組合,有些變成花朵,有些變成石頭,有些是黃金,而有些是木炭.

在整個創造界存在著一個基本的實質,一種蘊藏的智慧,一種一體性.它是充滿著活力.然 而,我們卻從不把整個宇宙看成是有生命的東西,我們把一切都看成是死的事物,在我們眼裡僅有物質實體出現.我們知道在創造界中有一個磁場,但我們經常把它 看成是毫無生氣的.純淨的意識,是心智的根基,你和每一個人都是它的一部份,它是如此有活力的磁場.去瞭解、接受和信任這個智慧,它創造及維繫萬事萬物. 這便是靈性生活的第十個法則.


11. 創造界的一體性 (unity in creation)

當人們的心智充滿壓力和緊張,就會產生論斷、分別、愛這個、不愛那個、造成疆界,如此 一來就把自己與這個存在(existence)分開.與這個存在之流分隔開來稱之為疏離(separation),但它只是表面的.與存在分離是一件不可 能的事.如果圓的一部份被移除,它就不再可能是個圓.瞭解到你就是這存在的一部份,至高無上智慧顯化的一個小區塊,有一股合一的力量一直都在整合這個創造 界.一切都是一.這便是第十一個法則.


12. 你的本性就是愛和安詳 (your nature is love and peace)

當你瞭解創造界的一體性,你將不再費力去愛別人.愛是你的本性,一切都是愛所組成,除了愛沒有別的了.去瞭解愛不是你所做的一個行動,不是你必須實踐的道德規範.去瞭解你是活在愛當中,而每一事物也存活在愛當中.

瞭解安詳也是你的本性,無論在任何時候,任何地方,你只要靜坐並隨它去,去體會你內在有一個純淨的空間,是如此的巨大和深邃,那內在的空間即是你.當你感覺到它,你即碰觸到內在靈性的層面.

“我來自安詳,我正處在安祥中,我將回到安詳裡.安羊是我的源頭和目標.我是安詳,我是空間,我就是愛.”這種內在的體認或經驗使你成為一位尋道者.瞭解你的本性就是愛和安詳就是第十二個法則.


13. 平衡 (balance)

靈性生活的第十三個法則是在活動與休息之間找一個平衡點,在享受世界與回歸本我之間找 一個平衡點,在靜默與言語之間找一個平衡點.假如你的生活完全禁語,不說一句話,這未必算是過著靈性的生活.說話的能力已給予了你,你具足才華和能力,善 用它們並透過靜心、對意識的自我觀照來平衡它們.


14. 自我探索 (self inquiry)

自我探索是下一個靈性生活的法則.從覺知你身體的感受開始、你的皮膚、你衣服底下皮膚的感受,去感覺你的肌肉、神經、接著骨骼.不要對生命毫無覺知,就像動物一般吃、喝和睡.去觀照每一個感受,擁有高度的覺知.當你瞭解你的身體,你將感知那有別於你身體的靈性.


15. 不動心與成熟度 (dispassion and maturity)

高度的覺知來自成熟度,或你可以說是來自不動心.成熟度與不動心兩者併存;你不可能成 熟而不具備不動心,然而不動心常被人們錯誤的理解為枯燥、乏味的心智狀態或是負面的情緒,不動心在字眼上即具有疏離感和不感興趣,這是錯誤的.處在不動心 時,你是完全的覺知,和本性親密的在一起.達到一定的成熟度時就不會有狂燥不安的心,反而是有尊貴、自由、諒解和神秘的特質.這就是靈性生活的第十五個法 則,擁有不動心和過著成熟的生活.


16. 欣賞美 (appreciation of beauty)

靈性生活的第十六個法則是去體認創造界的美、在每個人身上的美、你內在的美,並瞭解到美是靈性的本質.心智不斷的在追求美,欣賞美,但是欣賞和佔有美是不一樣,當你想要佔有美你即失去不動心.

瞭解美即是靈性。無論你在何處,當你體會到美的感受時,靈性就在那裡;假如某人很美,那是因為有靈性在他裡面.一個死人不會是美的.從物質中將美區分出來並將它歸因於靈性,將使你在靈性道路上更為提升.


17. 虔誠和崇敬 (worshipfulness and honor)

欣賞美帶出虔誠.你崇拜美,你愛慕美.把創造界裡的一切事物視為是創造主的顯化並對它們抱以愛慕及虔誠之心是靈性生活的下一個法則.

崇敬一切事物,崇敬不單單只是情緒上的回應,它更是一種態度,它顯示出對生命的平衡感 知.當尊敬和愛同時存在時,將帶出崇敬;當崇敬出現時,心智就百分之百的處在當下,並帶出莊嚴神聖的感受.你不會對事物感到莊嚴神聖的同時卻沒有愛的感 覺;亦不會對事物產生愛的同時卻沒有莊嚴神聖的感覺.莊嚴神聖使意識變得機敏,覺知也隨之而來.


18. 生命是永恆不朽 (life is imperishable)

下一個也是最後一個靈性生活的法則是瞭解到生命是永恆不朽的.瞭解生命是永恆不朽的法則與凡事都是無常的法則二者是完全對立的.現在我們說生命是永恆不朽,沒有任何事物能改變它.真理總是矛盾的.