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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blame our luck or destiny? 責備我們的運氣或命運?

Q: Shall I blame our luck or destiny if something bad happens to me?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Why do you want to blame? Tell me!
If something bad has happened, learn a lesson from it. Everything that has gone wrong has made you stronger, deeper somewhere. It has contributed to your personality, isn’t it? So be thankful, and move on.
See the past as destiny, future as freewill, and live in the present moment. This is intelligence.
If you do it the other way around, i.e. if you think the past was freewill and keep regretting it, and if you think the future is destiny and you are slack in your action then you will be miserable in the present moment.
問:如果壞事發生在我身上,我應該責備運氣或命運嗎?

古儒吉:告訴我,為什麼你要去責備?如果壞事已經發生了,從中吸取教訓。一切不順利的事讓你在某處變得更強壯,更深入。它促成了你的個性,對不對?因此,應該心存感激,並繼續前進。
把過去當成命運,未來是自由意願,並活在當下。這是智慧。
如果你要倒過來做,比如,如果你把過去當成自由意願然後不斷對它感到後悔,而如果你把未來當成命運而你又在行動上懈怠,那麼在當下你會活在痛苦當中。

Monday, July 29, 2013

Storms of Emotions 情緒的風暴

​Q:​
Gurudev, when the mind gets stuck in a situation, it does not get out quickly. What does one do for that? Sri Sri: It is okay, the mind is like that only. This is where knowledge is important. Knowledge is like holding on to a life jacket in a storm.
That is why it is called
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storms of emotions. The ancient people have compared emotions to an ocean; it like an ocean and you need to learn to swim across this ocean. Knowledge is the life jacket. So when you get tired of swimming, just put on the life jacket and you will make it to the shore.
Just imagine, if this knowledge is not with you and you are stuck in a problem, then what condition will you be in? What would you do?
If you had never done any meditation or pranayama, never listened to any knowledge, and you get into a situation where your mind is entangled with some girl or boy, then what would have been going on in your mind? You would have become mad, isn’t it? Be thankful that you at least have this knowledge. Knowledge is what will help you cross over safely.
For example, if somebody insults you, then the knowledge point kicks in, ‘Don’t be a football of others’ opinion’. This comes automatically. From somewhere or the other, a ray of knowledge arises within you to save you, to raise you above the event. Does it happen or not? (Many in the audience speak out in agreement.)
See how it happens for so many people.

(Devotee: Gurudev, just give blessings)
Yes, when have I not given blessings? I always give blessings, but you need to come with a bigger vessel. You come with a small cup and say, ‘Please give me two liters’. You have to make your vessels bigger so that I can give you four liters instead of two liters. You bring such a small vessel that can hold only ten

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milliliters, keep aside two liters.
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Grace and blessing have their own place, without them nothing works. You will keep getting it. Along with it, we will also have to make our own efforts. We have to increase our capacity to receive.
 


 


​問:​
古儒吉
​,當心智卡在一個情況當中,它不能馬上跳脫出來。要怎麼辦?
古儒吉:沒關係,心智就是這樣的。這也是知識重要的地方。知識就像是風暴裡的救生衣。它也被稱為情緒的風暴。古時候人們把情緒比喻成海洋;它就像大海而你要學習如何游過這個大海。知識是救生衣。所以當你遊到累了,就把救生衣穿上,那麼你就可以游到岸上。​
去想像,如果你沒有這個知識而你被卡在一個問題當中,那麼你會處在什麼情況當中?你會怎麼做?如果你沒有做過任何的靜心或調息法,沒有聽過任何的知識,而你的心智陷入一些男女問題裡,那麼你的心智會怎麼樣?你會氣壞了,不對嗎?要感恩你至少有這個知識。知識會讓你安全抵達對岸。
比如說,如果有人侮辱你,“不要成為別人意見的足球”這個知識點就會發揮作用。它是自然來到的。一道知識之光從內在出現來解救你,把你提升到這個事件之上。這樣的事情有沒有發生過?(觀眾很多認同這點。)瞧,多少人都經歷過了。​
(虔信者:古儒吉,請給我們祝福)
是的,我何時沒有給祝福?我常常都在給予祝福,但是你們得拿更大的容器來。你拿個小杯子來並說“請給我兩公升”。你必須擴充你的容器好讓我能給你四公升而不只是兩公升。你帶個只可以裝十​
​毫升的​
​小容器,就更別說要兩公升了。
​恩典和祝福有各自的位置,沒有它們就什麼也不能。你會一直接受到恩典和祝福。隨著這點,我們自己也需要努力。我們需要增加自己接受祝福和恩典的能力。​

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sri Sri's Message on Guru Poornima 古儒吉敬師節的訊息

Sri Sri's Message on Guru Poornima

July 22, 2013

Montreal, Canada

(People from around the world joined the Guru Poornima celebrations with Sri Sri at The Art of Living Ashram in Montreal, Canada, on July 22. What started with a short pooja, offering gratitude to the lineage of Masters, continued with some reminisces of senior Art of Living teachers.
Perhaps the most awaited moment was when Sri Sri shared the message of the day.
This tradition has been going on for over 3 decades. His words were heard by people who joined in through the live webcast. We present the transcript from Sri Sri's talk.
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Aum Namah Pranavarthaya Shuddha Gnana Eka Amurtaye Nirmalaya Prashantaya Sri Dakshinamurtaye Namah.
(Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy, who is ever pure and calm, the embodiment of pure knowledge, and who is but the indicative meaning of the Aum, the Supreme.)
Once upon a time a Guru was sitting in the congregation and many people came and took his blessings. He was silent most of the time but when people came and asked him something, he said, ‘Oh, you’re very lucky!’
So a student came to Gurudev and said, ‘I failed in my exam’.
Gurudev said, ‘You’re very lucky!’
The next person said, ‘Gurudev, I lost my job’, and the Guru said, ‘You’re very lucky!’
The third person came and said, ‘None of my friends are talking to me, everybody has become my enemy’, and Gurudev said, ‘You’re very lucky!’
Another gentleman came and said, 'My wife left me', and the Guru said, ‘You’re very lucky!’ So, everyone kept saying their problems and each time Gurudev said, ‘You’re very lucky!’
And strangely, something would suddenly happen to them and they would all feel happy and walk away.
Then one gentleman came and said, ‘Gurudev I am so lucky, I have you in my life. I am so grateful’, and Gurudev got annoyed and gave him one slap!
This man with all tears in his eyes and gratitude started dancing.
There was an onlooker who was sitting there and he got so confused! He said, ‘I can’t believe what I am seeing. Someone who says I am so grateful gets a slap, and all those who cry to him, he tells them that they are very lucky!’ He couldn’t understand.
Usually they don’t have the guts to ask the Guru so they ask the other devotees there, ‘Tell me what is happening. You have been here for so long. I can’t make out this Guru’s behavior. It’s completely illogical.’
As usual devotees have their own interpretation. So, one of the most senior most devotee said, ‘Yes, it is perfect what he has said'.
I remember a very senior gentlemen narrated an incident to me at the Bangalore Ashram. He said that in 1942 there was only one surgeon in Bangalore and this surgeon had failed his MBBS seven times!
In those days, whenever people had appendicitis operation, the doctors would cut a particular vein because of which some of the patient would die. They did not know which vein they were cutting. So this gentleman (who failed seven times) discovered that and became very well known and very respected. Later on he also got an international honor. But he had failed seven times in MBBS!
So if someone has failed in an exam, they study more.
If you just study once, by hook or by crook you pass the exam and that’s it, you forget it! But if you have failed, you become proficient in that. If you failed in mathematics then you really memorize the whole thing.
So every time someone fails an exam it is good because then he becomes a better doctor, or a better engineer! (laughs) It means he has to put in more effort to study the same topics.
So the senior devotee said, 'Gurudev said to the student that he is very lucky because he is now studying more'.
For the gentleman who said, ‘I lost my job’, the senior devotee said, 'Yes Gurudev said the right thing. When you are in a job you don’t think about yourself. Now that you have lost your job you have the time to sit back and think who you are and what you want. You have some time to think about your life! People who have a job they always complain that they don’t have time. Now, you have time!'
In life to get time itself is a big luck. Getting time to reflect on oneself, on the divine, on the truth, on ‘Who I am’ itself is a big luck.
The other gentleman whose wife ran away, he said, ‘You’re very lucky!’ So far he was living so insensitively. He did not bother to see what his wife needs.
When someone goes away, then you realize their value. Then you think about your mistakes. You become aware of the things you could have done better.
So he is very lucky to become sensitive to women’s issues.
Why would a woman run away if you were attending to her welfare, to her emotional, mental and physical needs? There is something that you have done wrong. She made you aware that you have to be sensitive towards women. He understood this and so he was also happy.
So like this, in every step of life, when you lose something you become so miserable, but every misery wakes you up.
There are three levels of human consciousness.
The first is being inert. In Hindi we say ghora jarata; being insensitive. There is so much inertia in you that you don’t feel anything. From inertia when you start realizing that life is miserable, then viveka (discrimination) and vairagya (dispassion) dawns in you. When dispassion dawns in your life, you are the luckiest!
So if all your friends have left you, they’ve given you time to reflect on yourself; on who you are, what you are, what is the truth? So you’re very lucky!
The first step is to realize that everything is misery. Life is miserable. Life has sorrow. That’s when people become religious. This is a step.
The next step is to see life is all blissful! First you realize that it is all misery. Then, from it is all misery you move to the next step which is, ‘Where is the misery? Come on wake up!’ This is where the Guru comes into play. The Guru’s presence, or when the Guru Tattva dawns, the misery vanishes and becomes bliss. Total bliss! Life is bliss!
Life is a game, it is a leela (game)! This understanding comes.
Now why did the last person who said, ‘I am so grateful!’ get a slap?
The senior devotee said, 'Gurudev slapped him because he was centered in the I; ‘I am grateful’. When he gave him a slap he realized, live as though you don’t exist.'
Usually people exist and don’t live. To exist without life is ignorance. Living as though you don’t exist is enlightenment. That one slap woke him up.
The ‘I’, ‘I am miserable', 'I am happy’. Where is me? I am not there. Live as though you’re not there.
This was the message the last gentleman got and when he got that slap he was so happy!
What is there to be grateful about? Even to be grateful there needs to be two, and the Master said, ‘Hey, come on, wake up. You and me, two? There’s only one! There’s no you and there’s no I’.
There is only one brahman (divinity) that exists and this is all a drama, a leela (game). Enjoy! When you realize this, misery vanishes from life. Every challenge is an opportunity and every opportunity is a step towards the divinity. That’s the moral of the story.
One more story!
You have seen that all the fingers are different. No two fingers are the same.
So once, all the fingers got into an argument of who was the greatest of them all.
The thumb said, 'See, I am the greatest. I am the stoutest and whenever people win they only show me as a sign of victory. If they want to say, ‘Go ahead’, then also they show me as a signal, They do this because I am the greatest! I am the thickest. I am the real stuff! Even if someone is uneducated they use me and give their thumb impression'.So the thumb said that he is the greatest!
The index finger“” said, ‘Come on! When people have to indicate, they indicate using me.’ Anyone who has wisdom, they show the path. So I am the one who gives direction to life. I am the greatest!
Then the middle finger said, ‘I think you all must be blind! Just hold anybody’s hand and see who stands tall? I am the tallest! Why do you unnecessarily argue? This is like arguing whether there is sun at noon’.
Then the ring finger said, ‘I can only laugh at all of you. Where do people put their jewels? Nobody gives jewels to the thumb. The rings are always adorned by the ring finger. I am the highest. World over people have recognized this and I am the greatest'.
The little finger simply kept laughing! All the other four fingers asked, ‘Hey, why are you laughing?’
It said, ‘When a dignitary comes, who is kept in front? (When the hands are folded together in Namaste or prayer, the little fingers are in front). When someone goes to a temple to pray, who is kept in front of God? The highest goes in front of God first! So I am the closest to God. Whoever is the closest to God, is the greatest! So, I am the greatest!'
So all fingers had their own way to say that they are the greatest.
So, recognize the greatness in you and recognize the greatness in others. Then there is no you and there is no others, and that is Namaste! That is fullness.
Buddha took you from inertia to realizing that there is misery, and from misery to the place of 'All is bliss', is the Vedanta (Philosophical traditions concerned with self-realization by which one understands the ultimate nature of reality (Brahman)). I am nothing (shunyata) and I am everything (purnata); meditation and celebration, they all go together! And today is the celebration of both meditation and celebration (fullness)!

古儒吉敬師節的訊息
2013年7月22日
加拿大,蒙特利爾
(來自世界各地的人們於7月22日和古儒吉聚在加拿大蒙特利爾靜心所慶祝敬師節。慶典由簡短的普迦祈禱開始,以感恩系譜裡的大師們,接著由一些生活 的藝術資深老師的分享。當天最被期待的是古儒吉大師的開示。這樣的儀式已進行了三十年。那些參與連線的人也聽了大師的開示。以下是古儒吉大師的談話記 錄。)

Aum Namah Pranavarthaya Shuddha Gnana Eka Amurtaye Nirmalaya Prashantaya Sri Dakshinamurtaye Namah.

(向Sri Dakshinamurthy 那位純淨和平靜,那純淨的知識,和那位指出唵,那無極的意思的那位敬禮。)


從前有個大師來到一個聚會,很多人都前來且接受他的祝福。很多時候他都保持寂靜,但是當有人來問他一些事情的時候,他就說“噢,你非常的幸運!”有 個學生來到大師面前說“我考試不及格”。大師說“你非常幸運!”第二個人說“大師,我失去了工作”,大師說“你非常幸運!”第三個人來到說“我的朋友都不 和我說話,所有人都成了我的敵人”,而大師說“你非常幸運!”還有一個男士來到說“我的太太離我而去了”,而大師還是說“你非常幸運!”所以,大家不停的 說 出他們的問題而每一次大師都說“你非常幸運!”奇怪的是,就是有事情突然發生在他們身上而他們就覺得快樂並離開了。

有位男士來到說“大師,我很幸運,我的生命當中有您。我很感激”,而大師惹惱的給了他一巴掌!這個人的淚水就開始流下並開始感恩的跳起舞來。有個坐 在那裡的旁觀者覺得非常的混淆!他說“我不敢相信我所看到的。說感恩的人被打了一巴掌;而那些向他哭訴的人,他卻對他們說他們非常幸運!”他不能理解這件 事。通常他們都沒有勇氣要去問上師所以他就問在那裡的其他虔信者“告訴我這到底是怎麼一回事。你們在這裡很久了。我無法理解這位大師的行為。這完全不符合 邏輯。”通常虔信者都有他們自己的詮釋。所以最資深的虔信者說“是的,他說的是完美的。”

我記得在班克羅靜心所有個年長者對我講述了一個事件。他說那是1942年而當時在班克羅只有一位外科醫生而這個醫生在七個醫學士考試(MBBS )當中都失敗另外!在那個年代,當人們有盲腸炎的時候,醫生們會切除某個靜脈而這導致一些病人死亡。他們並不知道他們要切除的是哪一條靜脈。而這位(失敗 了七次的)男士發現了這一點而他變得非常出名並非常倍受敬重。最後他也得到國際榮譽。但是他在醫學士考試卻失敗了七次!所以當人們在考試當中失敗,他們會 學到更多。

如果你只學過一次,而用盡一切手段通過了考試,那就這樣而已,你就把它忘掉了!但是如果你不及格,你就會精通它。如果你數學不及格,那麼你就會真正的記得 全部。所以每次當有人考試不及格的時候,這也是件好事,因為他會成為一個更好的醫生,或更好的工程師!(笑)意思是他需要在同樣的課題裡更加努力。

所以那資深虔信者說“大師說那位學生很幸運因為他現在學習得更多”。而那位說“我失去了工作”的男士,資深虔信者說“對,大師說得對。當你有份工作 的時候,你不會想到你自己。現在你失去了工作,那麼你就會有時間坐下來想想你是誰,而你想要的是什麼。你才會有些時間想想你的生命!那些有工作的人通常會 埋怨他們沒有時間。現在,你有時間了!”在生命裡有時間是個非常幸運的事。有時間反思自己,神性,真理,“我是誰”,這本身是幸運的。另外一個太太離開了他的男士,大師說“你非常幸運!”一直以來他都非常的不敏感。他也沒去理會他太太需要的是什麼。當人們離開了,你才會發現他們的價值。你才會想到你的錯誤。你就會發現在一切事物上你原本可以做的更好。所以他很幸運他可以在對待女人的問題上變得更敏感。如果你把一個女人的福祉,情緒,心裡和生理需要都照顧得很好,那麼她還會離開嗎?有些事情是你做錯了。她讓你知道你必須對女士敏感一些。他明白了這一點所以他很開心。
就是這樣,在人生的每一步當中,當你失去了一些東西你會非常痛苦,但是每個痛苦都讓你醒過來。

人的意識有三個層面。第一個是惰性。在印地語我們說ghora jarata;不敏感。你有很多的惰性讓你感覺不到任何事情。從惰性,你開始了解到生命是痛苦的;區別(viveka )和不動心(vairagya )就會升起。當不動心在生命中升起,你就是最幸運的了!所以如果你的朋友都離你而去,他們給了你時間反思你自己;你是誰,什麼是真理?所以你非常幸運!
第一步是看清一切都是痛苦。人生是痛苦。人生是悲哀。這就是當人們進入宗教的時候。這是一個步驟。第二步是去看到生命是福佑!首先你了解這一切是痛苦。然後從痛苦你進入第二步驟也就是“痛苦在哪裡?醒過來吧!”這也是上師來到這個遊戲的時候。上師的存在,而當上師原則(Guru Tattva)升起,痛苦就會消失進而成為福佑。全然的福佑!生命是個福佑!生命是的遊戲,它是leela (遊戲)!這樣的理解會來到。

那麼為什麼最後那個說“我很感激!”的人卻得到一巴掌?資深的虔信者說,“大師刮他巴掌因為他處在‘我’的中心裡;‘我’感激。當他被打了一巴掌後他就理解到,就像你不存在般的活著。”通常人們存在但是他們並不活著。沒有生命的存在是無知。就像你不存在般的活著是開悟。這一巴掌打醒了他。那個‘我’。‘我痛苦’,‘我快樂’。我在那裡?我不在那裡。就像你不存在那裡般的活著。這就是最後那位男士在他被刮掌後得到的訊息而當他得到這個訊息後他是多麼的快樂!

那裡有什麼好被感激的?就算是要感激也得要有兩個,大師說“嘿,來吧,醒過來。你和我,兩個?這裡只有一!這裡沒有你也沒有我”這裡就只有一個神性(brahman )的存在而這一切都是一齣戲,一個遊戲(leela )。享受吧!當你理解了這一點,痛苦就從生命裡消失。每個挑戰都是一個機會,而每一個機會都是邁向神性的一個腳步。這就是這個故事的寓意。
再來一個故事!

你所看到的所有的手指都是不一樣的。沒有兩根手指是一樣的。所以有一次,所有的手指在爭執著誰才是他們當中最偉大的。拇指說“看,我是最偉大的。我 是最粗壯的,而當人們贏的時候他們都會顯出我以示勝利。如果他們要說‘開始吧’他們也是把我當成訊號,他們這麼做是因為我是最偉大的!我是最為豐厚的。我 是真材實料! 即使那些沒有受教育的人也用我來印章”。所以大拇指說他是最偉大的!而食指說“拜託!當人們要指示的時候他們用的是我。”任何有智慧的人,他們會指出那個 道路。所以我是那個在生命裡給方向的。我是最偉大的!然後中指說“我想你們都瞎了!就隨便拿起任何人的手來看看誰是最高的?我是最高的!你們為何要做無謂 的爭執?這就像是在爭吵中午是否有太陽。”然後無名指說“我只能對你們一笑置之。人們把它們的珠寶戴在哪裡?沒有人給拇指戴珠寶。戒指都是裝飾在無名指 上。我是最高的。世界上的人們都認知到這點而我才是最偉大的。”尾指只是哈哈大笑!其他的四根手指說“嘿你在笑什麼?”尾指說“當權貴人物來到時誰被排在 前面?(當雙手合十或祈禱的時候,尾指在前面)。當某人去寺廟祈禱,誰被擺在神的面前?最偉大的那位首先被擺在神的面前!所以我是最接近神的。最接近神的 那位,就是最偉大的那位!所以我是最偉大的!”

所以所有的手指都以他們自己的一套說明自己是最偉大的。所以,認清在你之內的偉大之處和別人的偉大。而這裡沒有你也沒有別人,而這就是合一( Namaste)!這是圓滿。佛陀帶領你們從惰性了解了到一切都是痛苦,而從痛苦去到那個‘一切都是福佑’的地方,這是吠檀多(Vedanta 關於了解終極實相的自我意識的傳統哲學)。我什麼也不是(shunyata)和我是一切(purnata);靜心和慶祝,他們是並行的!而今天是慶祝靜心和圓滿(慶祝)的一天!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Are You Over Analysing? 你過度分析了嗎?

Are You Over Analysing?  

March 13, 2013

Bangalore, India

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Many times we analyse ourselves too much. We keep thinking, this is happening to me, that is not happening; . or I want this, and I want that; or what I did there was so wrong, what I did here was right, etc. We get so entangled into too many thoughts about ourselves; this we should not do.
See, when the wind blows, what happens? Everything gets carried away with it, isn’t it? Everything flies away with the breeze.

So whatever happened in the past, whether good happened or bad happened, whether right happened or wrong happened, whether pleasant or unpleasant events happened, it all happened and it is all gone now. Just like how the air comes and blows everything away, in the same way, all of life’s events come and go. But what is important is that you should not get stuck anywhere, move ahead. Just become hollow and empty, and then you will be joyful.


Tell me, is there anyone who has not had any problems? Problems come in everyone’s life. Is there anyone who has not experienced happiness? Everyone, sometime or the other has experienced happiness.
Is there anyone who has not received praise? Everyone has been praised sometime or the other. Even a dog gets praised! People say, ‘What a nice dog’.
Is there anyone who has not been criticized? Everyone has been criticized at some point or the other. Isn’t it so? Everyone gets criticized.

So if anyone praises you or criticizes you, knows that it is like the air which comes and goes. They are just some passing thoughts that came and went. Thoughts arise in peoples’ minds about you and they go. Some are good thoughts and some are bad thoughts. Now when people themselves are not going to be here forever, what permanence can you attach to their thoughts? What are you going to do with their opinions, when they themselves are not going to be there forever?
So why do you worry about some thoughts from here and there? You should just keep moving on in life. Whatever happens, just keep moving ahead, like air. The air never stops at one place, it keeps moving; water keeps flowing.

Just like how nature follows certain laws, thoughts also follow a particular pattern; they come and they go. Sometimes they bring praise and sometimes criticism. So praise and criticism are part of life. You just move ahead. Don’t get caught up in it.
Many times people analyse themselves too much.
They keeping thinking so many things, I am fine, I am not fine, I am right, I am wrong, I have these qualities, I do not have these qualities. And by doing this, they get caught up in too much negative analysis about themselves.

On the other hand, there are some people who don’t think about themselves at all. They drink alcohol, and only look for pleasure. They do not even for one moment look back and reflect on themselves.
This is why, in the beginning, a seeker is told to first stop and reflect on what is it that he wants?
In The Art of Living Basic Course, this is the first question that we ask, ‘What do you want’? What are your problems?’
Introspection is the first step to move inward.
We tell the participants, ‘Ask yourself, what it is that you want from life. Think about yourself, what do you want?’
This is the first step for a seeker. But if you keep asking yourself, ‘What do I want’, for the rest of your life, then your mind will rot and you will become depressed.
Every day if a person sits and thinks only about himself, then he will rot.
If you see the faces of such people, they look so pale and full of worries. Worry drips from the face of a person who only thinks about himself. Looking at such people would make you want to run away! And people do run away from then. Then this person thinks to himself, ‘Oh, what have I done wrong. Why do people run away from me?’

People run away from such individuals because their vibrations are so negative, as if they stink. If someone is stinking will people wait around him or her? No, they will simply run away! If you think so much about yourself only, who will be drawn towards you?
On one side is an ignorant person who does not think about himself at all. And on the other side is a person who only thinks about himself. Both are not good.
On one side you have a person who is not ripe; too raw, and on the other side is a person whose mind has rotted by only thinking about himself. Both are not good.
You should adopt the middle path. Analyse yourself a little, reflect on it and then leave it and move ahead. Do not get stuck. 

So that you can move ahead, I am telling you that whatever has happened, just drop it and move ahead. Do not sit and regret about what has happened – neither about what you have done, nor about what others did. If you keep thinking about what you did, then you feel regret, and if you think about what others did wrong, then you get angry and worried.
Anyways you have no control over anyone. Nobody has ever had control over anyone else in this world. If you think you are controlling someone or are under the control or influence of someone, then that is a very wrong thought. 

Everything in this world operates as per certain laws of Nature. So whatever has happened in the past, just shrug it off and move ahead. When you dust away all the dirt (of the past) that has accumulated inside you, then you will simply start shining. You become much stronger, your consciousness blossoms, and happiness starts to flow. Then you can say that you are alive. This is what life really is.

Now you might ask, ‘Can I remain happy the entire 24 hours of the day?’
If not for 24 hours, at least you can be happy for one or two hours! You may not be able to be a fish always floating in water (happiness), but at least you can take a shower for a little while. This is the very purpose of knowledge.

In the Bhagavad Gita it is said, ‘Na hi jnanena sadrusham pavitram iha vidyate. Tat svayam yoga-samsiddhah kalenatmani vindati’. (4.38)
It means: There is no greater purifier than Knowledge.
Everything is temporary. Everything is nothing. All of this is nothing. Just see all people that you see walking around, they are just ragdolls made up of the five elements. They are acting the way they do because of their karmas (actions) and samskaras (impressions). Some are rising in life because of the influence of their stars while some are having downfalls because of the influence of some other stars (referring to astrology).
All of them are moving about here and there doing this and doing that, but one day everything will end. So you just let them do what they are doing. How does it matter to you? You should continue to live happily.
We need to remind ourselves about this again and again. As you move about in society, no matter how many times this dust accumulates on you, simply brush it off and move ahead. Whatever is yours will come to you for sure!

Now knowing this does not mean that you do not put any effort and just sit and do nothing at home. You sit at home and say, ‘Oh Gurudev, please get me married. Please find me a suitable bride or groom for me’, no! You also must make an effort.
If you sit with a sad face, who will marry you! At least smile and be cheerful. That is why I opened a Matrimony department here (laughter). Its progress has been a bit slow though. You all come and get things moving there.

Go and sit in the matrimony office and ask the staff there to find someone for you quickly. Do not be too choosy. Whoever you get just choose them that is it! Everything will be fine afterwards.
Anyway all of this is only going to last for a few days, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant. Very soon life will be over. One day we all have to bid farewell to this world. No one is going to last forever. What is the use if you are going to take 60 years to choose your spouse?
A gentleman who was 60 years old came to me said, ‘Gururdev, please find someone for me. Is my soul mate out there somewhere?’

I told him, ‘If you have not found your soul mate after so many years of searching, you will have to wait a little bit longer. Not very long, just another 20 years more. That level of perfection is still not visible in you, and it should be recognized by your soul mate also’ (Laughter). We want to see everything perfect in others but we forget to look at ourselves. We do not reflect on ourselves. Reflect on yourself but then don’t get too entangled into the analysis. Do not overdo it. You have some good qualities and some not so good qualities, it is okay. Just keep moving ahead. Some things are fine, some are not, and it does not matter. You should simply keep moving forward.


你過度分析了嗎?

很多時候我們太過於分析我們自己。我們不斷在想,這事情發生在我身上,而那件事情沒有發生;或是我要這個,而我要那個;或是我在那裡所做的事是非常錯誤的,而我在這裡所做的事是對的,等等。我們被太多這些對於我們自己的想法糾纏住了;這是我們不應該做的。

看, 當風吹起的時候,有什麼事情會發生?所有東西都跟著一起被吹走了對嗎?一切都隨著微風飛走了。所以任何過去所發生的,不論是好的或是壞的,不論是對的或錯 的,不論是愉快的或是不愉快的,它們都已經發生也已經過去了。就像一陣風來到並把一切吹走,同樣的,生命裡一切事物來來去去。但是最重要的是你不要在任何 地方被卡著,繼續前進。就只是成為空空洞洞,那麼你就會喜悅。 告訴我,這裡有誰是沒有困難的嗎?困難來到每個人的生命裡。有沒有人是沒有經歷過快樂的?每一個人,在某些或其它時候都經歷了快樂。有沒有人沒有被 人讚賞過的?每個人都在某些或其它時候被人讚賞過。就連狗都會得到讚賞!人們說“這是只好狗”。有沒有人是不曾被批評過的?每一個人在某些或其它時候都曾 經被批評過。對不對?每個人都曾被批評。

所以如果有人讚賞你或批評你,要知道它就像是來去自如的空氣。那些都只是一些來了又離開的想法。人們對你的想法在他們的心智裡升起又離開。有些好的想法,有些壞的想法。現 在當人們本身也不會永遠在這裡,你怎能長久的附在他們的想法上呢?當他們本身都不會永遠在這裡,那你打算對他們的意見怎麼做?
所以你為什麼要不斷的煩惱關於這裡那裡的一些想法呢?你應該就只是繼續在生命裡前進。無論發生了什麼事,就只是繼續前進,像空氣那般。空氣不會只停留在一個地方,它不斷的流動;水也是不停的移動。
就如大自然依據一些法則,想法也是依據特定的模式;它們來了又去。有時候他們帶來讚賞而有時候批評。所以讚賞和批評是生命的一部份。你就只是繼續前進。不要被困在其中。

很多時候人們太過於分析他們自己。
他們不斷的想很多的東西,我很好,我不好,我是對的,我是錯的,我有這些問題,我沒有這些特質。單單是那麼做,他們就被困在很多對自己的負面分析裡。另一方面,也有些人完全不為自己著想的。他們喝酒,尋找享樂。他們沒有一刻是回顧和反思自己的。這也是為什麼,在一開始,一個尋道者首先會被告知停下來並且思考他想要的是什麼?
在生活的藝術初級課程裡,第一個問題我們會問“你想要的是什麼?你的煩惱是什麼?”自我檢討是往內的第一步。我們會告訴學員,“問你自己,你要從生命裡得到什麼。想想你自己,你想要什麼?”這是尋道者的第一步。但是如何你一世人不斷的問自己“我要什麼”,那麼你的心智會腐壞而你也會變得消沉。

一 個人如果每一天只是坐著想到自己而已,那麼他會腐壞。如果你看到這類人的臉,他們看起來是那麼蒼白且充滿憂慮。憂慮掛滿一個只是想著自己的人的臉上。看到 這麼樣的人會讓你想遠離他!也的确有人从他们身边逃走。然后這個人就會想“噢,我做錯了什麼。為什麼人們離我而去?”人們遠離這樣的人因為他們的震波是極 為負面的,就像是發出惡臭般。如果有人發出惡臭,有人會願意呆在他旁邊嗎?不,他們只會逃走!如果你過於想到自己而已,有誰會願意接近你?

另一方面一個無知的人是完全不會想到自己的。而另一方面是一直想著自己的人。兩者都不好。在一方面有不成熟的人;太青澀了,而另一方面是那些心智因為只是一直想著自己而已經腐壞的。兩者都不好。你應該走中道。分析自己一點點,反思它然後放下它並繼續向前邁進。不要卡著。
所以你可以繼續前進,我告訴你無論任何所發生的,就只是放下它然後繼續前進。不要坐下來懊惱那些已經發生的——無論是你所做的,或是別人所做的。如果你不斷想到自己所做的,那麼你會後悔,而如果你想到別人所做的,你就會憤怒和憂慮。

不論怎麼樣你對別人都沒有控制權。在這世上從來沒有人對任何人是有所控制的。如果你想要控制任何人或受到別人的控制,那麼這是非常錯誤的想法。
這個世界上的一切是依據特定的大自然法則在運行。所以任何過去所發生的,就把它摔掉然後繼續前進。當你把所有(過去)所累積在你內在的塵埃都掃除了,你就會開始發亮。你會變得更強壯,你的意識會開始綻放,快樂也會開始流動。那麼你就可以說你活過來了。這就是真正的生命。
現在你可能會問“我可以一天24個小時都保持快樂嗎?”如果不是24個小時,至少也要快樂一兩個小時!你可能不能像魚般一直浮在水面上(快樂),但是至少可以沐浴一下。這就是知識的首要目的。

在薄伽梵歌裡說道‘Na hi jnanena sadrusham pavitram iha vidyate. Tat svayam yoga-samsiddhah kalenatmani vindati’. (4.38)
意思是:沒有比知識更純淨的了。一切都是暫時性的。這一切都沒什麼。就只是去看見那些在周圍走動的人,他們只是由五元素組成的布娃娃。他們的舉動如此是因為他們的動作(karmas )和印象(samskaras )。有些在生命裡升起是因為行星的影響而有些經歷挫折是因為其他行星的影響(指占星術)。他們都在這裡那裡移動著,做著這些那些,但是有一天一切都會結 束。所以你就只是讓他們去做任何他們所在做的。它對你又有什麼影響?你應該繼續快樂的活著。我們需要一而再的提醒自己。當你在這個社會裡行動,無論這些塵 埃在你身上累積了多少遍,就只是把它掃掉再繼續前進。任何屬於你的都會來到!

現在知道了這一些並不表示你不需要在放進任何的努力然後就只是無所事事的呆在家裡。你坐在家裡說“噢古儒吉,請讓我結婚。請幫我找個適合的新郎或新 娘”, 不!你還是需要努力。如果你憂愁滿面的坐著,誰會要和你結婚!至少微笑和開朗些。這也是為什麼我開辦聯姻部門(笑)。雖然它的進度有點慢。你們全都可以去 那裡讓它可以運作。你去聯姻部門的辦公室坐一坐,請那裡的職員盡快幫你找個對象。不要太挑剔。不管你得到誰就只是選擇他們!過後一切都會很好。反正無論它 是愉快或不愉快的,這一切也只是幾年而已。很快的生命就會結束了。有一天我們都會向這世界說再見。沒有人會永遠活著。如果你用60年來找一個伴侶又有什麼用?

有個60的男士來見我說“古儒吉請為我找個伴侶。我的靈魂伴侶是不是在外面的某處?”我告訴他“如果你這麼多年來尋尋找找都還是找不到你的靈魂伴 侶,那麼你還需要再等多一陣子。不是很久,就只是多個20年而已。那個完美的層次還不夠明顯,它也應該得被你的靈魂伴侶認清才行”(笑)。我們要在別人身 上看到一切完美,但是我們忘了看看自己。我們沒有反觀自己。反思自己但是不要太過於糾纏在分析裡。不要做的太過度。你有些好的特質和一些不怎麼好的特質, 都沒有關係。就只是繼續前進。有些事情很好,有些不怎麼好,都沒有關係。你就只是繼續前進。



Guru Purnima 2013 with Sri Sri 和古儒吉的敬師節

There are three levels of human consciousness. Through Inertia we go into vairagya (dispassion) to bliss. The Guru helps you to go through this journey. When Guru Tattva dawns, misery vanishes and life becomes bliss.
Every challenge is an opportunity. Even to be grateful there need to be two. Where is the two? There is only one Brahman.  Only One.
Recognize the greatness in you and others.  When you you realize that there is no other. That is namaste
Meditation and celebration all go together. From inertia to realizing the miseryc(shoonyata) and then from there to realizing the bliss (poornata). Buddha showed the first , Vedanta the latter. Shoonyta se poornata, Meditation to Celebration – Today is the day of both
Swami Chidananda Saraswati, the spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan, who was also present during Guru Purnima Celebrations 2013 at Montreal said, “You all are very lucky. Sri Sri ji has paved the path for you all.” Swamiji added, “Har thokar pe thakur dikhe aur har leela ke baad lala. After a slap don’t’ forget you are sitting in HIS lap!”

人類的意識有三個層面。透過惰性我們進入不動心(vairagya )。上師協助你走過這段旅程。當上師原則(Guru Tattva)升起,痛苦就會消失而生命變成一個福佑。
每個挑戰都是一個機會。即使是感謝也需要兩個。哪兩個?就只有一個婆羅門。唯一。
去認清你和他人的偉大。當你認清那裡並沒有其他人。這就是合一(namaste)。靜心和慶典是並行的。從惰性去明白痛苦(shoonyata進而從那去看清福佑(poornata)。佛陀告訴了我們第一點,而吠檀多(Vedanta )告訴了我們第二點。Shoonyta se poornata,為了慶祝而靜心——今天是兩者的結合。
一同在蒙特利爾(Montreal )參與2013年的敬師節慶典的 Swami Chidananda Saraswati, Parmarth Niketan 進修學院的靈修領袖說道“你們都非常的幸運。詩麗詩麗已經為大家鋪好道路了。” Swamiji 也說 “別忘了在一巴掌之後你是坐在祂的懷抱裡!”

Source 出處:http://artoflivingsblog.com/guru-purnima-celebration-2013-with-sri-sri-in-montreal-ashram/
完整影片請按這裡 View complete video of Gurudev’s Guru Purnima 2013 talk here 

IMPORTANCE OF DAILY SADHNA (Practise) 靈性修持的重要性(練習)

IMPORTANCE OF DAILY SADHNA (Practise)

Once upon a time there were two friends. They lived a very miserable life full of stress and troubles. Nothing seems to be good in any sphere of their life except for the fact that they both got an invitation letter from an old friend who had a ceremony in his house. They both went together to his house well dressed but obviously with their long faces. When their friend looked at them he asked them why you look so miserable. They told their sad story to him. His fried was a wise man and said I can help you convert your life from misery to bliss. There is an enlightened master who lives in the jungle he does some magic and can convert your life into bliss. Seeing the ray of hope both of them went to meet the enlightened master. The master was sitting under a tree meditating with closed eyes and a beautiful smile of his face. When he opened his eyes he saw both of them sitting in front of him. He asked them what happened and both of them were eager to tell them their misery and convert them into happiness. Listening to their story the master closed his eyes; put his hands in his pocket. Two shining seeds were in his palms which we gave to the two friends saying “These are magical seeds they will change your life…”

Both the friends thanked the master and proceeded to their own villages. The first friend thought what is there so special in this seed. How can a seed make my life full of happiness and all sorts of questions banged his head. When he reached home he kept the seed safely in his cupboard and later forgot about it.

The second friend was excited about the gift which master had given him. He reached his village and told his wife about the story. They prayed to the seed, went to their garden and planted the seed there. Every morning they started putting water remembering the master and thanking him for the gift. Slowly the seed became a sapling and then turned into a big mango tree. The mangoes were very sweet and ample in number. The couple ate the mangoes then started selling them and became very rich and prosperous. The tree continued to give lot of mangoes in all the seasons as it was a magical tree. They started giving mangoes free of cost to all and slowly all the villagers of that village also became very happy and prosperous.

One day both of these friends got an invitation letter from their old friend for a ceremony in his house. They both dressed well but this time one of them had a smile on his face but the other one was still having a long face. When they reached their friends house he asked them how they were. The first one who had a smile on his face thanked his friend for sending him to the enlightened master who changed his life. Listening to his story he asked his second friend “I sent you too to the enlightened master why do you still have a long face?” his friend answered “instead of putting the seed in the ground and watering it daily like the other friend, I kept the seed in my cupboard and forgot about it”.

Do you know what that seed was? That seed is nothing but SUDARSHAN KRIYA. If we keep it in our cupboard and do not water it, it will not give any fruits but if we do it daily it changes our life from misery to bliss…

靈性修持的重要性(練習)

從前有兩位好朋友。他們的生活很困苦並充滿壓力和困難。
他們的生活似乎沒有任何一方面是好的,除了他們倆都收到一位老朋友的邀請函去參加他家裡的一個典禮。他們倆一同結伴去那老朋友的家,雖然打扮得體但卻是拉長了臉。當他們的朋友看到他們的時候,朋友問他們為什麼他們看起來那麼槽糕。他們就把他們的傷心事告訴了朋友。他們的朋友是個有智慧的人,他就告訴他們,“我可以幫助你們把生命從苦難轉化成福佑。在森林裡住著一位開悟的大師,他會魔法並可以把你們的生命轉化為福佑”。彷彿見到一線曙光他們倆就去見了這位大師。大師閉著眼睛坐在樹下靜心,臉上滿是笑容。當大師睜開眼睛的時候,他看到他們倆坐在他的面前。他就問他們發生了什麼事情而他們也迫不及待的把他們的痛苦告訴他並希望他可以把那些痛苦化為福佑。聽了他們的故事,大師再次把眼睛閉上並把手伸進口袋裡拿出兩顆閃閃發亮的種子。他把種子交給這兩個朋友並說道“這是神奇的種子,它會轉變你的生命。。。”

這兩位朋友謝過大師後就返回他們的鄉村。第一個朋友心想這個種子有什麼特別的呀?一顆種子怎麼能讓我的生命充滿快樂呢?這些問題開始在他的腦海裡升起。當他抵達家裡後他就把種子收進櫥裡接著也就把它給忘記了。

第二個朋友對於大師給他的禮物感到萬分的興奮。他抵達村里並告訴他的太太關於種子的故事。他們對著種子祈禱,並把它種在院子裡。每一天早上他們都為種子澆水並憶起那位大師及感謝他送給他們的禮物。慢慢的種子發芽了並長成一棵很大的芒果樹。結出來的果實也很甜而且數量充足。這對夫婦吃了芒果並開始售賣它,結果他們就變得非常有錢和富裕。這棵神奇的果樹一年四季都結果實。這對夫婦就開始免費分送芒果給村民,漸漸的這個村子變得非常的快樂和富裕。

有一天這兩個朋友收到了他們的老朋友的邀請函去他家裡的一個典禮他們打扮得體但是這一次他們其中一人臉上堆滿笑容而另外一個卻還是拉長著臉。當他們抵達老朋友家的時候,老朋友問候他們並關心起他們的近況。第一個臉上有笑容的朋友感謝他們的老朋友讓他見到了開悟大師並改變了他的一生。聽了第一個朋友的故事,這位老朋友就問第二個朋友“你也去了開悟大師那裡,但是為什麼你還是拉長了臉呢?”這位朋友說到“我把種子收進櫥子裡並忘了它,而不像另外一個朋友那樣把它種在地裡並每天澆水。”

你們知道這個種子是什麼嗎?這個種子不是其他的,而是淨化呼吸法。如果我們把它收在櫥子裡也不澆水,它是不會結任何果實的,但是如果我們每一天都勤於練習,它會將我們的生命從痛苦轉化為福佑。

圖案源自Picture Source: http://www.catmacinnes.com/illustrations/woolworths-mangoes-1.jpg

Seva blessings ​义工的祝福

Seva blessings

When you do seva don't think you are doing a favor for somebody. You have done the seva and it has rewarded you immediately. Its reward is for sure and is always more than your doing. Your expectation of reward for the seva turns the seva into labor. If you think you have done a lot, you will do very little; if you see you have done a little, then you will do more. Seva is even when you don't see an immediate reward there is no complaint; labor is even after an immediate reward, there will be complaints. Be grateful for any opportunity to do the seva.
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​义工的祝福

当你在做义工服务的时候不要去想你是在为别人做些什么。你做了义工服务而它是立即给你酬報。​它的酬報是必然的而往往多出你所做的。你期待义工服务所带来的酬報会把义工服务变成劳作。如果你觉得你做了很多,你会做得非常少;如果你看到你做得很少,那么你会去做更多。义工服务是就算你没有看到即刻的酬報你也不会抱怨;劳作卻是就算有立即的酬報都还是会有抱怨。要感激任何一個义工服务的机会。

*seva = volunteer service 

International AOL Seva Link : http://aolseva.artoflivinguniverse.org/

Monday, July 22, 2013

Guru Poornima 敬師節

Guru Poornima

Guru Poornima is called the day of the Master but it is actually the day of the Devotee. Guru Poornima is New Year for spiritual seeker. There are three types of people who come to the Master, the student, the disciple and the devotee.
A student goes to a teacher and learns something, gets some information and then he walks out of the School. There is no more information, just like looking at a guidebook, like a tourist guide. You go with the tourist guide to see a place, and the guide shows all the places, or like a Traffic Police, sometimes he directs you or like you ask someone, “Where is what?” and they’ll give you some information. You take it and you say, “Well, thank you” and there it is finished, isn’t it? You went to primary school, middle school, and whatever grade you call it, you collected information; you learned about mind, you learned about computers, learned about mathematics, and learned how 2+1 is 3. The student is one, who collects information, but the information is not knowledge, it is not wisdom, is it not so?
Then there is the disciple, the disciple follows the example of the Master. But a disciple is with the Master for the sake of learning wisdom, for the sake of improving his life, for the sake of attaining enlightenment. He has a purpose, a cause, so he is not just collecting information, but he goes a little deeper. He is trying to bring a transformation in his life. He wants to make sense out of his life. That is a disciple.And then there is devotee. A devotee is not there even for wisdom. He is simply rejoicing in love. He has fallen in deep love with the Master, with the Infinity, with the God. He doesn’t care as to whether he gets enlightened or not. He doesn’t care as to whether he acquires a lot of knowledge or wisdom or not. But that very moment, and every moment, he is immersed in divine love that is enough for him or her. A devotee is very rare to find.
Students are in abundance, disciples are a few, but the devotees are rare.
It is nothing great to become God or be God. Whether you want or not, all are already Gods. A stone is also a God. You are also a God. Everything is God, God is already there, but it is great to become a devotee. Do you see this? Everything, whether you want it or not, is already God, but the love, devotion, has flowered somewhere. Where the devotion has flowered totally, the flower has blossomed, that is a devotee. Attraction is everywhere, love is somewhere, but devotion is again rare. Devotion is very beautiful. A student comes to a Master, Teacher, and Guru with tears in his eyes. There are so many problems, and when he leaves, he is carrying the same tears, but the quality of the tears is different, it is of gratitude. Still tears flow, but those are of gratitude, of love; it is so beautiful to cry in love.
One, who has cried even once in love, knows the taste of it, of surrender and of devotion and the entire creation rejoices it. The entire creation is longing for only one thing, the transformed tears, from salty tears to sweet tears.
One of Buddha’s disciples named Sariputra got enlightened. When he got enlightened, Buddha told him, “Now you go ahead, go into the world and preach, teach and do the same work I do, carry on my work.” Now Sariputra left Buddha, but he was crying and crying and people asked him, “Why are you crying when you are enlightened?” He said, “Who cares about this enlightenment, it could have waited, I would have waited. I didn’t even bother about it or asked for it because the joy of being at the feet of Buddha was so great. Being a devotee was so great, now I am missing this, I would have preferred that to this enlightenment.”
There is no separation, there is no difference, there is no distance, yet it has a different flavor, different joy. That is a devotee, a devotee can never fall, he cannot fall, and there is no chance for it.
When Krishna was leaving his body, he spoke to Uddhava. With tears in his eyes, “I can’t stand the amount of devotion these Gopies have for me, go and tell them, these devotees of mine that only they can free me of their gratitude and of their love.” It is so beautiful, he rejoices, “Go, tell them that is the glory of devotees, I am not in heaven, I am not in temple, but where my devotees sing, I am right there”. Devotion is something that can move even the rocks.
There once was a Zen Master who always thought that he was enlightened. He went around saying, “I am enlightened”. He happened to meet one of his Masters who gave him a puzzle, called ’koan’. The ‘koan’ was “the statue has eyes, the tears roll down silently”. Hearing this Zen Master was shaken and he said, “There is some depth in it”.
Love is something that even the Divine rejoices in it. The infinity longs for you as much as you long for it. It is waiting to receive you. God is as anxious as you are to be near. So when a devotee flowers on this planet, God is very happy. That is why Guru Poornima is the day of the Devotee.Like fatherhood and motherhood, there is Guru-hood. We all have to play Guru-hood at least to somebody. We do play! Consciously or unconsciously you are all Guru to somebody. You keep giving advices and guiding people, giving them loving care! You all do this, but do it 100%, without expecting anything in return: that is living the Guru principle. There is no difference between the divine, the Self and the Guru. They are all one. Meditation is relaxing and reposing. Think of all the things to be grateful for and ask what you want for the future and bless everyone. We receive so many blessings and we should also bless all those who are in need.


敬師節

 敬師節被稱為上師的節日,但它其實是虔信者的節日。敬師節是靈修尋道者的新年。有三種人會來到上師前:學生,信徒,虔信者。
一個學生找老師是為了學些東西,得到些資訊然後他就離開學校。然後就沒有資訊了,就像看指南,像是旅遊指南。你帶著旅遊指南去參觀一個地方,而指南就點出所有的地方,或是像個交警,有時候他指揮你,或是像你問某人“那裡是哪裡?”而他們會給你些資訊。你拿了那些資訊然後你說“好了,謝謝你”然後這些就結束了,對不對?你上過小學,中學,和任何你所稱呼的級別,你收集了資訊;你學習關於頭腦上的,關於電腦, 關於數學,也學了2+1等於3。學生是個收集資訊的人,但是資訊並不是知識,它也不是智慧,是這樣對不對?
接下來是信徒,信徒學習大師的典範。但是信徒和上師在一起只為了學習智慧,為了改善自己的人生,為了得到開悟。他有個目的,一個原因,但是他更深入一些。他試著帶給自己的生命一些轉變。他要從生命中得到些意義。這就是信徒。接著是虔信者。一個虔信者甚至不是因為智慧而來。他只是欣喜於愛當中。他深深的愛上上師,愛上那無限的,愛上神。他甚至並不介意自己是否得到開悟。他也甚至不介意自己是否得到很多的知識或智慧。但是在那個當下,和每一個當下,他都沉浸在神聖的愛裡而這對他來說就已足夠。虔信者是很難得的。
學生有甚多,信徒有一些,但是虔信者很難得。
成為神並沒什麼了不起。無論你要或不要,你們都已是神。一個石頭也是神。你也是神。一切都是神,神已經存在,但是成為個虔信者卻很偉大。你看到這一點嗎?所有的一切,無論你是否要不要,它都已是神,但那時愛,虔信,卻在某處盛開。當虔信完全盛開了,花朵綻放了,這就是虔信者。虔信是非常美麗的。當一個學生帶著淚來到大師前,老師和上師前。帶走很多的問題,而當他離開的時候,他也同樣帶著淚,但是這眼淚的品質已經不一樣了,這是感恩的眼淚。眼淚依然流下,但那卻是感恩和愛的眼淚;在愛裡哭泣是多麼的美麗。

一個曾經在愛裡哭泣的人,知道了那個滋味,臣服和虔心的滋味而整個創造界都會因此而欣喜。整個創造界只渴望一件事,就是那轉變的淚水,甜咸參半的淚水。
佛陀有個弟子叫做舍利弗證悟了。當他證悟的時候,佛陀對他說“現在你儘管前去,到世界裡去弘法,教導並做我所做的事,延續我所做的。”舍利弗離開了佛陀,但他不停的在哭泣,人們問他“你都已經開悟了,你怎麼卻在哭泣呀?”他說“誰在意開不開悟呀,這可以等,我可以等。我甚至不介意也沒要得到它,因為在佛陀腳下的喜悅是那麼棒。成為虔信者是那麼的棒,現在我想念這些,開悟和那比起來,我寧可選擇那。”
那裡沒有分別,沒有差別,沒有距離,但是它有著不同的味道,不同的喜悅。這是虔信者,一個虔信者永遠都不會失落,他不會失落,也沒有失落的機會。
當克里希那要離開他的身體的時候,他對烏達瓦說了些話。含著淚,他說“我不能承受這些牧牛女的虔心,去告訴她們,我的這些虔信者,唯有她們的感恩和愛才能讓我自由。”這是多麼的漂亮,他欣喜著“去告訴他們這就是虔信者的榮耀,我不在天堂裡,我不在寺廟裡,但我在我的虔信者的歌聲裡,我就在那裡。”虔信者甚至可以移動石頭。
曾經有個常常都覺得自己已開悟的禪師。他總是到處和人們說“我已開悟”。有一次他碰巧遇到他的其中一個上師,上師給他一道謎語稱為“可安(koan)”。“可安”是“有眼睛的雕像,眼淚默默的流下”。他聽了覺得震撼而他說“這有深度在其中。”
愛是一個就連神性都欣喜在其中的。那無極的渴望你就像你對它的渴望般。它在等待接受你。當你接近的時候神是多麼的著急。所以當虔信者在這個星球上綻放的時候,神是非常的快樂的。這就是為什麼敬師節是虔信者的節日。
就像有父職和母職,也有師職。我們至少要對某些人有師職。我們是有的!有意識或無意識的,你們都是某些人的老師。你不斷給人勸告或是引導人們,給他們愛與關懷!你們都有做這些,但是要100%的去做,不要期待任何的回報:這就是活在大師的原則裡。在神性,本我和上師之間是沒有差別的。他們都是一體。靜心是放鬆和休憩。去想想那些需要被感恩的事情並問一問你未來想要的是什麼,也去祝福大家。我們收到那麼多的祝福而我們應該去祝福那些需要的人。

 Source 出處: http://www.artofliving.org/my-zh/guru-poornima

Two very important things in life 生命中兩件很重要的事

Focus on the experiences you have had in life, and what you have learnt from these experiences, this is important. And at the same time, think about how you can be useful to others, and how you can help others. These are two very important things that we must look at – what can I do for others? And what do I want from my life? +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 


專注在你生命裡所擁有的經驗,而你從這些經驗當中學到什麼,這很重要。而同一時間,去想想你要如何對別人有貢獻,你要如何幫助別人。這是兩件我們必須要去看清的重要事情——我能為別人做些什麼?我要從我的生命裡得到什麼?~古儒吉

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stability in the mind, Sharpness in the intellect, and Softness in the heart 心智的穩定,理智的敏銳,以及心的柔軟

Stability in the mind, Sharpness in the intellect, and Softness in the heart

Sri Sri: You should feel that everyone belongs to you, and you should have patience. You know in a day I have to listen to around 2000 to 3000 questions. Do I listen to them or not? How many every questions are asked, I reply to all of them. And I listen to them with enthusiasm. So stability in the mind, sharpness in the intellect, and softness in the heart, these three things are important in life.
The heart should be soft, the intellect should be sharp and the mind should be pleasant. Never lose these three things. Even if it seems to be lost, just think that it is just hidden somewhere and it has not actually gone away.
Q:When someone hurts us, we get into depression.
Sri Sri: How can others hurt you? Those who hurt others are foolish. Will you blame anyone who is actually foolish or is mentally ill? No, isn’t it?
So, just think that those who hurt you are either foolish or ill. If you think like this, then you will not feel hurt. Okay?
If you think that everyone should act wisely, how is it possible? Everyone has their own little mind, own desires, problems and ignorance. Just accept them.
No one can hurt us until we permit them to do so.
Q: Gurudev, sometimes I am not able to understand the knowledge given by you. What should I do so that I can get both your love and knowledge?
Sri Sri: Whatever you find difficult to understand, it is not to be understood at all. If it is all going above your head, let it go. Take only what you can understand.
See, everyone’s capacity to gain knowledge is different, but to be in love, to be in devotion you don’t need any capability. When it comes to devotion, everyone is same and equally capable. There is no special qualification for it.
Now, when we talk about knowledge, then yes, everyone has a different capacity. Some people have a higher capacity for knowledge and some have a lesser capacity, but this does not make any difference when there is devotion and a feeling of oneness.
Don’t think that only if you are knowledgeable, God become happy with you or become fond of you. It is not like that. The purpose of knowledge is for your own joy.
To purify your intellect, you need Knowledge.
To purify your heart, you need Love.
To purify your karma, you need Seva.
All three should go together.


心智的穩定,理智的敏銳,以及心的柔軟

你應該感到每個人都屬於你,而你需要有耐心。你知道我一天需要聽 2000 至 3000個問題。我有聽那些問題嗎?多少問題被發問,我全都回答了。而我是以熱情聆聽他們。所以心智的穩定,理智的敏銳,以及心的柔軟,這三樣事情在生命裡是很重要的。
心需要柔軟,理智須要敏銳,而心智必須要愉快。永遠別失去這三樣事情。就算它看起來像是不見了,就想像它可能只是藏在某處而它不是真正不見的。
問:當有人傷害了我們,我們陷入了沮喪。
古儒吉:別人如何傷害你?那些傷害你的人是愚蠢的。你會責怪那些愚蠢或是精神有問題的人嗎?不會,對不對?所以,就只是把那些傷害你的人想像成愚蠢或是生病的。如果你這麼想,那麼你就不會覺得受傷。好嗎?如果你想像每個人都應該明智行事,這有可能嗎?每個人都有自個兒的小心智,自己的慾望,問題和無明。就只是去接受他們。
沒有人能傷害我們除非我們允許他們那麼做。
問:古儒吉,有時候我並不明白你給予的知識。我要怎麼做才能得到你給的愛和知識?

古儒吉:任何你覺得很難明白的,那是完全不需要去明白的。
如果那是超越你的頭腦的,就隨它去吧。就只接受那些你能明白的。看,每個人獲得知識的能力都不一 樣;但是要處在愛裡,處在虔誠奉獻裡是不需要任何能力的。當談到虔誠奉獻,每個人都一樣,而能力也一樣。這裡是沒有特別的條件的。
現在,當我們談到知識,那麼是的,每個人有不同的能力。
有些人對知識有比較高的能力而有些人則比較低,但是當有虔誠奉獻和一體感的時候就沒有什麼分別了。
不要以為只有當你是有知識的時候,神才會快樂並喜愛你。不是這樣的。知識的目的是為了你本身的喜悅。

要淨化你的理智,你需要知識。
要淨化你的心,你需要愛。
要淨化你的業力,你需要服務。
這三者需要並行。

Friday, June 14, 2013

How to accept people who do bad things to me? 如何接受对我做了坏事的人?

Q: Guruji, How to accept people who do bad things to me?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If they do bad things against you, what can you do?
If you don't accept them what other option do you have? If you don't accept them you will be upset, isn't it? Your mind will be disturbed, and when you are so upset, any decision you take, will you be happy about it? Certainly not!
So for your own sake, accept people and the situation as they are, so that your mind becomes calm. Then you do what you want to do.
 
问:古儒吉,要如何接受对我做了坏事的人?

古儒吉:如果他们对你错了坏事,你能做些什么?
如果你不接受他们,你有什么其他的选择吗?如果你不接受他们,你会觉得懊恼,对不对?你的心智会被擾亂;而当你变得如此懊恼的时候,你会满意任何你所做的决定吗?当然不会!
所以为了你自己,去接受别人的本貌和事情的实况,使你的心智变得平静。然後你才去做你想要做的。

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sankalpa (firm resolve to take action) 意願(採取行動的堅定決心)

Sankalpa (firm resolve to take action)

You are never asked to take a Sankalpa for small things. Your small wishes and desires anyway get fulfilled, is it not?
Everything does happen anyway. So when things are happening, instead of keeping small ambitions, you should aspire for something bigger. You should think for the nation and think of the betterment of the world. This is what it is.
Usually you just have small little desires for yourself. You should take up a bigger Sankalpa, one that is beneficial for everyone. This is what is said in the Sanatan Dharma (another name for Hinduism from the ancient days), ‘Tanme Manah Shiva Sankalpa Mastu’, which means, may my mind always have a Sankalpa that is beneficial for everyone.

意願(採取行動的
堅定決心

你從來不需要對小樣的事情發意願。你的小心願和慾望無論如何都會得到滿足,對嗎?
一切無論如何都會發生。所以當事情發生的時候,以其只是保留著小意願,你應該追求更大的東西。你應該為國家以及更美好的世界著想。就是這樣。
通常你只有一些為自己的小慾望。你應該發更大的意願,一個可以對大家有益的。這就是在
萨纳坦达尔玛(Sanatan Dharma古時候對印度教的稱呼)裡說到的『Tanme Manah Shiva Sankalpa Mastu』,意思是,願我的心智時時刻刻都懷著對大家有益的意願。

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Our Roles in Life 我們生命裡的角色


Gurudev, you said that whatever role we are given in life, we should play that role 100% to the best of our abilities. But how can we know what our role really is?
Sri Sri: Whatever role you are in now, that’s the right one! (Laughter) Every person plays many roles in life. Whatever role you are given in life, just play that role well. Someone is a mother, or a father, or a husband, or a wife, etc.
Be a good citizen of your society and play that role well. Whether you are a wise person, or a disciple, or a Guru; whatever role you are given, play it well and fearlessly. Do not fear to do what is required.

古儒吉,您说在生命里无论我們被給予什麼角色,我們都應該百分之百並全力以赴去扮演這個角色。但是我們要如何知道我們真正的角色是什麼?
古儒吉:任何你現在的角色,那就是正確的!(笑聲)每個人在生命裡都扮演很多個角色。任何你在生命裡被給予的角色,就把那個角色扮演好。有些人是個母親,或者是個父親,或是個丈夫,或是個太太等。在社會裡做個好市民也把這個角色扮演好。無論你是個智者,或是個門徒,或者是個上師;任何被給予的角色,都無畏懼的去把它扮演好。不要害怕去做那些所需要的。

Monday, June 10, 2013

Guru Punch!

When there is an attitude to give and hesitation to take or to ask, then the direction of life has reached an elevated level. If there is hesitation to give and no shame in taking then that comparatively is of a lower level of existence. And there are some people who even go to the extent of pouncing, grabbing and seizing which is an even lower level of existence. +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
當有要給予以及遲疑要去索取或去要求的態度,那麼這個生命的方向已達到一個提升的水平。如果是遲疑去給予,但是卻在索取的時候沒有覺得廉恥;那相對的是一個較低水平的存在。而也有一些人甚至去猛撲,緊抓和奪取的程度;這是個更低水平的存在。~古儒吉

Friday, June 7, 2013

Guru Punch!

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Everything has been given and yet we sit and cry over small matters. For how long will you cry like this? Wake up! It is impossible to find complete happiness in the world. Happiness is always accompanied by some problems or the other, here and there.
​​Have the courage and wake up! +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


​一切都已经被给予了,但是我们还是在为了小事而哭泣。你要这样哭泣到几时?醒过来吧!在这个世界上要寻求完整的幸福​是不可能的。幸福往往伴随着一些问题或者是些其它的。要有勇气并醒过来吧!~古儒吉

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Be happy and spread happiness 成为快乐并传播幸福

Q: What can I do for you, just tell me, and I will do it!

Sri Sri: Be happy and spread happiness.
​​​​I want you to go deep in knowledge, and be one of those who are a giver to the world; one who radiates happiness, knowledge and wisdom. This is what I want you to do.
​​​​Among the billions of people on the planet, even if a few radiate wisdom, love and happiness, you can heal this planet.It is a much needed healing.
​​​​You are very precious to this planet, at this time. Get into the seva team, and so some service.
 

问:我可以为您做些什么,告诉我,我会去做的!​
  
古儒吉:成为快乐并传播幸福。
我要你​深入知识,并成为世界的给予者之一;一个散发快乐,知识和智慧的人。这是我要你去做的。
在这个星球上几十亿人口当中,就算只有几个人散发智慧,爱和快乐,你都能疗愈这个星球。​这个疗愈是相当被需要的。
​在这个时候,你​在这个星球上是非常珍贵的。加入服务团队,并去做些服务。

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Seeing Perfection In The Not-So-Perfect 在不完美當中看見完美

Seeing Perfection In The Not-So-Perfect

May 13, 2013

Bangalore, India

2601
Today we have launched the project of the Kumudvathi River.
The Volunteer For A Better India (VBI), have done a wonderful job in rejuvenating a river which had dried out, and which was a source of water for Bangalore city. Now once this is rejuvenated, 60% of water shortage in Bangalore city will be resolved. And 300 villages will be benefited by this.
Already, 20 lakes have been rejuvenated, and all the work has been done by volunteers. I congratulate all the volunteers who spent those seven to eight hours, each week, in the last three months, working hard with their heart and soul to make this happen.
See, that is what is needed – Passion, to bring a change. We need to have passion to bring the most needed change in all spheres of life.
Today, we have also launched Sri Sri Organics, so that the farmers who were not getting the right prices for their organic produce, don’t have to worry. They simply have to contact our agriculture department, and we will help them. We will also educate them on how to grow organic food, and also provide opportunities for their projects to reach the general population. This is also very important.
Then, light a home project, which is being done by our SSRDP (Sri Sri Rural Development Program) team to light those homes which did not have any electricity. 4000 homes have been lit, just in the last couple of months. This is a very big achievement. 4000 homes that had no electricity, now have solar light; green energy. Many of these homes are in places where there are no roads, and now these people have electricity. This is so nice.
This morning, when I woke up, a thought came to my mind, that it is not difficult to see the Divine in the enlightened, or in the good people. But it is a challenge to see the Divine in the foolish, stupid and the wicked.
In the stupid and wicked people, it is very difficult to see the Divine. And it is these people that bother our mind. When you sit for meditation, what bothers you? It is the wicked person or the stupid person that bothers you.
Just see that even they are the manifestation of the Divine, then the mind shifts to another level of consciousness. Your consciousness shifts to another level wherein you see that oneness, that one Divinity in everybody and in everything. This enables us to go deep within.
Instead what do we do? When we have to act, we think, ‘Even if this is not okay, anyways everything is as per God’s will only’. When we think like this, then we lose the passion and the enthusiasm to work. That is a wrong attitude.
When you want to go inward (meditate), that is when we need to have this attitude that, everything is okay. When you want to act, then you must use your intellect; use your wisdom. See what needed to be attended to; what is right, what is wrong and how you can make things better.
If we can know the distinction between these two, we will raise to a very different level of awareness, in which that inner strength will flow uninterruptedly in our lives.

在不完美當中看見完美
2013年5月13日
印度,班克羅

今天我們啟動了庫慕瓦蒂河(Kumudvathi River)計劃。
為一個更好的印度的義工(Volunteer For A Better India (VBI))為了復興一條乾枯的河做了很多美好的工作,那是班克羅城市主要的水源。現在已經被復興了,班克羅城市60%的缺水問題將被解決。300個村莊將因此受益。
已經有20個湖被復興了,而這些工作都是由義工們完成的。
我祝賀所有在過去三個月以來每個星期用上七至八個小時,用心和靈魂努力讓這一切發生的義工們。
看,這就是所需要的 — 帶動改變的熱情。我們需要熱情把改變帶到生活的各個領域。
今天我們發動了詩麗詩麗有機耕種,讓那些無法把有機農產品賣得公道價錢的農人不需要再擔心。他們只需要聯絡我們的農業部門,而我們會幫助他們。我們也會教他們如何耕種有機食物,也給他們機會好讓他們的工程可以傳達給普及大眾。這是很重要的。
接下來是,點燃一個家計劃,區區幾個月,四千個家被點亮了,
這是由我們的SSRDP(Sri Sri Rural Development Program詩麗詩麗農村發展項目)組所完成的。這是個非常大的成就。四千個原本沒有電源的家,現在有太陽能電燈了;綠色能源。這些屋子處在沒有陸路的地方,而現在這些人們有電源了。這樣很好。
今天早上,當我醒來的時候,有個念頭來到我的腦海裡,就是:要在開悟的人或是好人身上看到神性並不難;但是要在愚蠢,笨拙和邪惡的人身上看到神性卻是個挑戰。在這些愚笨和邪惡的人身上,要看到神性是非常難的。而這些人困擾著你的心智。當你坐下來靜心的時候,什麼事情困擾你?是那些邪惡和愚笨的人在困擾你。就只是去看到就連他們也是神性的體現,那麼心智就會轉移到意識的另一個層次。你的意識移到另外一個層次而你在其中看到合一,那個所有人和物之內的神性。這讓我們更能能入其中。
相反的我們應該做些什麼?當我們需要行動的時候,我們會想「即使這是不行的,無論如何都只是照著神的旨意」。當我們這樣想的時候,我們會失去對工作的熱情和熱忱。這是錯誤的態度。當你想要往內(靜心),這就是當我們需要「一切都很好」的態度。當你要去行動,那你必須要用你的理智;用你的智慧。看看那些需要處理的;什麼是正確的,什麼是錯誤的以及你要如何讓事情變得好一些。
如果我們知道這兩者之間的區別,我們會提升到一個非常不一樣的覺知層次,那麼那內在的力量就會不間斷的在我們的生命裡流通。

Thursday, April 18, 2013

​​The Perfect Relationship ​完美的感情/關係​

The Perfect Relationship
If you know how to row a boat, you can row any boat. But if you don’t know how to row, changing boats isn’t going to help.
Similarly, changing a relationship does not solve the issue. Sooner or later, you will be in the same situation in any other relationship.

Most people look elsewhere for a perfect relationship, but few look within themselves;at the place from where we relate. What is your relationship with yourself? Who are you to yourself?
People think, ‘Oh, I’m single. I’m so bored being by myself. I need a companion. I need a relationship.’ If you are so bored by your own company, think how much more boring you must be for someone else. And two people bored with themselves getting together, will completely bore each other!
If your relationship is based on personal need it may not last that long. Once the need is fulfilled, on a physical or on an emotional level, the mind will look for something else and go somewhere else. If your relationship is from a level of sharing, then it can last longer.
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When you’re looking for security, love, and comfort from your partner, you become weak. When you are weak, all the negative emotions come up and you become demanding. Demand destroys love. If we just know this one thing, we can save our love from getting rotten.
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​​It’s the limited awareness of yourself and the limited experience of love that encapsulates you in a tiny compartment where you start suffocating. We can’t even handle the love we are asking for because we have never probed into the depth of our own mind; our own consciousness.


完美的感情/關係

如果你知道如何划船,你就可以划任何的船。但是如果你不知道如何划船,換船隻是沒有用的。
同樣的,轉換一段感情是不能解決問題的。很快的你就會發現你在任何一段感情/關係裡都面對同樣的情況。

很多人往別處尋找一段完美的感情,但是很少人往自己的內在去看;那個我們連接的地方。你和你自己的關係是什麼?對你來說你自己是誰?
人們想,噢我單身,我自己一個人覺得很悶。我需要一個伴。我需要一段感情。但是如果你在自己的陪伴下都那麼悶,想一想那麼對別人來說你會是多麼的悶?而如果兩個對自己感覺到悶的人在一起的話,他們會彼此悶壞對方!
如果你的感情是建立在自己的需要上,那麼這段感情可能就不會長久。當那個需要,無論是在物質上或是在情感上被滿足心智會開始往別處去尋找別的東西。如果你的感情建立在分享上那麼它會長久些。

當你想要從你的伴侶身上找到安全感,愛和舒適,你就會變得軟弱。當你軟弱
,所有負面的情緒就會升起而你變得很苛刻。需求破壞如果我們知道了這一點,我們就可以挽救我們的愛讓它不至於腐朽

對自己有限的覺知和對愛有限的經驗讓你自己封閉在一個小小的空間裡然後你開始覺得窒息。我們甚至不能處理我們所要求的愛因為我們從來都沒有探討自己的心智和​​的深度。