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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Guruji, How do you speak so sweetly always? 古儒吉,為什麼您說話的時候總是那麼的甜美?

Q: Guruji, How do you speak so sweetly always?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: It’s like asking jaggery, how can you taste so sweet? It’s the nature of the jaggery to be sweet. I don’t put any effort to speak sweetly. If I put in effort, it will turn to be salty. What I am, I speak the same. That’s why you find it sweet. And secondly, you are also sweet so you find me also sweet. If your mind is turbulent then even if I speak sweetly, you will find it salty. I also don’t know how to be otherwise. I am grateful that I never got an opportunity also to do something which is not in my nature. There was never a need to speak a lie or cheat someone. It has never happened that I pretend to be someone else which I am not. It doesn’t seem also I would be doing it in future. But I don’t give any guarantee. It hasn’t happened till now and God knows about future.

問:古儒吉,為什麼您說話的時候總是那麼的甜美?

古儒吉
:這就像是在問棕櫚糖,為什麼你那麼甜?棕櫚糖的本質是甜的。我並沒有因為這個而努力。如果我放進努力,它會變成
鹹的。我所是的,我說的就一樣。所以你才會覺得那是甜美的。二來,你也是甜美的所以你覺得我也是甜美的。如果你的心智是動盪不安的,那麼就算我所說的話是甜美的你也會覺得那是鹹的。我也不知道如何以其他方式說話。我也很慶幸我從來沒有機會去做些不是我的本質的事情。從來不需要說謊或是欺騙任何人。我從來沒有偽裝成任何我不是的人。似乎在未來我也不會那麼做。但我不能作出任何保證。到現在它都還沒有發生而未來只有上帝才會知道。

Monday, February 25, 2013

Surrender 臣服

Q: Guruji, in many of the knowledge books, I have read that everything is just One consciousness and we are part of that One. In that case, what do you mean by surrender? What is it that we are surrendering and to whom do we surrender when it is just One consciousness?

+Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, correct. Actually there is nothing to surrender, but when the mind feels, ‘I am separate, I am different, I am alone’, to let that go, you surrender and just relax. It is like the mother at home feeling. To generate the mother at home feeling, the process of letting go is called surrender. That is all. There is nothing that you have that you need to surrender. Got it? That is why there are three different paths (Karma Yoga or the Path of Action, Bhakti Yoga or the Path of Devotion, Jnana Yoga or the Path of Knowledge). The Path of Knowledge is when you wake up and see, everything is made up of just One thing. There is no two, and this is knowledge. But when you forget this and feel there is two and when there is something that you are holding on to and it is too much on your head and you can’t bear it, then you say, ‘I Let go’, that is surrender. One very good example for this would be: You are sitting on the train and you are holding the luggage on your shoulders. Though the seat is comfortable you are putting the weight of the luggage on your head and shoulders and feeling so uncomfortable. Then someone comes and says, ‘Hey, come on! Keep the luggage down. The train is anyway carrying you and the luggage. Relax.’ Giving you that sense of total ease, is said to be Sharanagati (surrender).

問:古儒吉,在很多知識書裡,我讀到所有的一切只是一個意識而我們都是一體的。這樣的話,您所謂的臣服是什麼?
如果這一切只是一個意識那我們所臣服的是什麼而我們向誰臣服? 

古儒吉: 是的,正確。其實也沒有什麼好臣服的,但是我們的心智覺得,『我是分開的,我是不一樣的,我是單獨的』,要放下這些,你就臣服而就只是放鬆。就像是一位母 親在家的感覺。要產生一個母親在家的感覺,那個放下的過程就叫做臣服。就是這樣。你沒有擁有什麼是需要臣服的。知道了嗎?所以這裡有三種途徑(Karma Yoga或是行動的途徑,Bhakti Yoga或是忠誠的途徑,Jnana Yoga或是知識的途徑)。 知識的途徑是當你醒過來並去看,一切就只是從一體延伸出來的。那兒沒有二元,而這就是知識。但是當你忘記了這個而覺得那裡有二元而當有些東西是你緊捉住的 而對你的頭腦來說這是太大量了而你不能承受它了,然後你說,『我放下』,這就是臣服。有個很好的例子就是:你在火車上而你把行李扛在肩頭上。雖然位子是很 舒適但是你卻把行李的重量放在你的頭上和肩膀上而覺得不舒服。然後有人來到並說,『嘿,來吧!把行李放下。無論如何火車都會承載著你和你的行李。放鬆。』 給了你完全放鬆的感覺,這就是Sharanagati (臣服)。


Our problem 我們的問題

Q: Guruji, What if one of our levels of existence has been affected by shock or something, like memory, is it necessary to transcend and reach the self or how does that impact?

+Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Meditation! Just exactly what you are doing - yoga, pranayama, meditation, it heals everything. See, we have given so much shock to our body, used it and misused it that it needs this kind of attention. Similarly, we have used and misused our breath, our mind and our intellect that our whole system has been in Topsy turvy, in turmoil and all this gets stored in the memory but remember they all can be easily handled through the practice of meditation. Once you go to the SELF, it heals the memory also. Once you are aware what you are worried about, a shock or an experience, you find you are so much bigger than any experience, and see, in the world how many millions of people are there and how many experiences they all have. Do you see what I am saying? See what happened in Pakistan, flood, how people were traumatized. What happened in India in Leh Ladakh! Suddenly a cloud burst and everything is gone, people’s homes are gone, and see how the terrorists or the Taliban, and these other groups are terrorizing people. If you have seen the Time magazine’s cover page, it was so horrifying. In Afghanistan, women, their noses are being cut by Taliban. With all these experiences in the world, people are still living alive. What are we worried about, we are worried about our little unpleasant experience. See, life has both pleasant and unpleasant experiences. Everybody gets a little unpleasant experience, but when you open your eyes, you see our unpleasant experience is nothing, it is minuscule when compared to the other things. So your problem is almost nothing when you look at the big problems in the world, yeah!

問:古儒吉,如果我們生命的某個層面受到了驚恐或其他的,比如記憶的影響,超越它並達到本我是必要的嗎而它又是如何影響的?

古儒吉:靜心!就像你正在做的——瑜伽,呼吸法,靜心,它痊癒一切。看,我們給了我們的身體很多的驚恐,運用它和誤用它所以它需要這樣的關注。相同的,我們運用也誤用了我們的呼吸,我們的心智和我們的理智所以我們的整個系統都處在顛三倒四裡,在動亂著而這些都被存在記憶裡,但要記得這些都會輕易的透過靜心練習處理掉。當你達到本我,它也痊癒了記憶。當你察覺你所擔心的,一個驚嚇或是一個經驗,你會發現你是比任何經驗大了許多,也去看,世界上有多少億的人而他們有多少的經歷。你們明白我所說的嗎?看在巴基斯坦發生的,水災,多少人受到精神創傷。在印度列城拉達克發生的!突然一場大暴雨而一切都摧毀了,人們的家園都失去了,看那些恐怖分子或是塔利班,和那些其他的恐怖組織。如果你看“時代”雜誌的封面,它是如此的可怕。在阿富汗,那些女人,她們的鼻子被塔利班切割下來。以世界上的這些經驗,人們還是繼續活著。我們在擔心什麼,我們在擔心我們自己的一些不愉快的經歷。看,生命有愉快和不愉快的經歷。每個人都會有些不愉快的經歷,但是當你張開你的眼睛,你看到我們不愉快的經歷並沒有什麼,和其它事情比較起來它是微不足道的。所以你去看世界上的大問題時,你的問題幾乎什麼都不是了。

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Promise – By Guruji 承諾~古儒吉

Source :http://guruvaani.wordpress.com/2008/01/06/promise-by-hhsri-sri-ravi-shankar/


Promise 

PROMISE ~ by Guruji

If I had to promise you something, what would it be?
I can’t promise that you would always be comfortable…
Because comfort brings boredom and discomfort.
I can’t promise that all your desires will be fulfilled…
Because desires whether fulfilled or unfulfilled bring frustration.
I can’t promise that there will always be good times…
Because it is the tough times that make us appreciate joy.
I can’t promise that we will be rich or famous or powerful…
Because they can all be pathways to misery.
I can’t promise that we will always be together…
Because it is separation that makes togetherness so wonderful.
Yet if you are willing to walk with me,
If you are willing to value love over everything else ~
I promise that this will be the most rich and fulfilling life possible.
I promise your life will be an eternal celebration,
I promise you I will cherish you more than a king cherishes his crown, 
And I shall love you more than  a mother loves her newborn.
If you are willing to walk into my arms,
If you are willing to live in my heart,
You will find the one you have waited forever….
You will meet yourself in my arms…
I promise.

承諾 ~ 古儒吉

如果我需要對你承諾些什麼,那將會是什麼?
我不能承諾你將永遠安逸。。。
因為安逸帶來沉悶和不適
我不能承諾你所有的慾望都會被滿足。。。
因為慾望無論被滿足或不被滿足都會帶來沮喪
我不能承諾時時都會是好時刻。。。
因為是艱難的時刻讓我們珍惜喜悅
我不能承諾我們會成為富有或著名或強大。。。
因為那些都會成為痛苦的途徑
我不能承諾我們會時常在一起。。。
因為分離讓團圓變得美好
但是如果你願意和我一起行走,
如果你願意珍惜愛勝於任何其它的一起~
我承諾這將會是最富足和圓滿的生命。
我承諾你的生命將會是永恆的慶祝,
我承諾你我將會珍惜你勝過於一個國王珍惜他的王冠,
而我也將愛你勝過於一個母親愛她的新生兒。
如果你願意走進我的懷裡,
如果你願意住在我的心裡,
你會找到那位你一直都在等待的。。。
你會在我的懷裡找到你自己。。。
我承諾。

Never get along 不能和睦相處

Q: Guruji, in life those people who don’t get along well are hitched together while those who get along really well are not paired together. Is this the plan of the Divine? Is he doing this on purpose?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You mean about your marriage? You know, when you don’t get along, you forget all those days when you got along very well. Because those days, you didn’t get along, you feel, 'Oh, from the very beginning, we never got along.'An American couple who were married for 40 years came to me and said that they wanted to divorce. The lady said, 'You know Gurudev, we have been married for 40 years but we never got along even for a single day.' I said, 'How could you spend 40 years and never get along for even one day?!' They are already around sixty to seventy years old. They could not get along for the last forty years and still they were carrying on. Usually this doesn’t happen in American society. If two people don’t get along, that is it. They don’t stay together at all. Suddenly in your mind you think, at some point, 'Oh, we never got along in the past also.' Well, the world is like that. There is no guarantee that those people with whom you think you will get along very, you will actually get along with them very well. The grass is always greener on the other side.

問:古儒吉,在生命裡那些合不來的人卻結合了而那些很合得來的卻沒有被配對。這是神性的計劃嗎?祂是故意的嗎?

古儒吉:你是指你的婚姻嗎?你可知道,當你合不來的時候,
你忘記了那些你們曾經相處得很好的日子。因為那些日子,你合不來,你就覺得:『噢,從一開始,我們就合不來』一對結婚了40年的美國夫婦來見我並說他們要離婚。那女士說:『古儒吉您知道嗎,我們結婚了40年但是我們一天都不能好好相處。』我說:『你怎麼能在一起40年而好好相處一天都不能?!』他們已經六十至七十歲了。他們四十年來都不能好好相處但是他們還是繼續下去。通常這不會發生在美國社會。如果兩個人合不來,就是這樣了。他們完全不會在一起。突然間你的心智會想,在某個點,『噢,我們過去也是合不來。』好了,世界就是這麼樣的。是沒有保障說那些你認為你會和他們相處得很好的,你就能和他們相處得好。另外一端的草永遠都是比較綠的。

Should one never get angry? 一個人應該永不生氣嗎?

Q: Guruji, Should one never get angry?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Don’t think you should all be without anger all the time. You should use anger as a tool when it is necessary. I tried to do it but I was not too successful. Often sometimes I try to show anger but it doesn’t work because very soon I start laughing and everybody else will start laughing along, also people don’t believe me getting angry. But sometimes anger is good. You know, especially in a world when there is corruption, when there is injustice and when there are all sorts of people who do all sorts of wrong things, who take advantage of you in all situations, it is necessary that you raise your eyebrows or sometime show anger, it would be good. But see that you show anger and it doesn’t affect you or get into your heart and make you upset. Look, that doesn’t happen in a day and that is where all these practices can be of help. Yeah, I’m not saying be like a vegetable all the time or like a mentally retarded person, smiling or not getting upset at all, you should get angry when things don’t go well, right! But don’t ever let that anger ferment in your mind and turn into hatred. It could be momentary. You know what is a healthy anger? When you draw a line on the surface of water, how long does it stay for? Only that much time anger should stay, then it is healthy anger. If your anger stays only for that much time and when you have a control over it then it is healthy and you are okay. You can get angry but anger should not get you. What happens usually, anger comes and gets you, and then we are in trouble. Knowledge and wisdom is the reverse of it. Got it! You can use the knife but the knife doesn’t use you.

問:古儒吉,一個人應該永不生氣嗎?

古儒吉:不要認為你們應該時時刻刻都沒有憤怒。適當的時候你應該把憤怒當成你的道具。我試著那麼做但是我不是很成功。有些時候我試著顯示憤怒但是那行不通因為很快的我就會開始大笑而所有的人也會開始一起跟著笑,而且人們也不相信我是在生氣。但是有時候憤怒是好的。你知道,尤其是當世上有貪污,有不公正和當有各種各類的人在做各種各類的錯事,那些在任何情況下都要佔你便宜的人,這就是你提起眉毛或有時顯示些憤怒是必要的,這會是好的。但是當你顯示憤怒的時候它不應該影響你或是進入你的心裡讓你難過。看,這不是一天就會發生的但是這些練習會有幫助。是的,我不是說要無時無刻像蔬菜或是腦殘的人,微笑或完全不會難過,在事情不能完整進行時你是該生氣,是的!但是永遠不可讓憤怒在你的心智裡發酵而演變成仇恨。這會是瞬間發生的。你知道健康的憤怒是什麼嗎?當你在水上畫線的時候,它會保持多久?憤怒就只可以保持那麼久,這就是健康的憤怒。如果你的憤怒只是保持在那麼多的時間而當你可以控制它那麼它是健康的而你也OK。你可以生氣但是生氣不可以佔據你。通常發生的是,憤怒來並佔據了你,那我們就有麻煩了。知識和智慧是它的反面。知道了嗎!你可以用刀子但是刀子不可以用你。

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Notice 通告

农历新年要到了。译者一年一度回乡和家人团聚。在二月2日至18日这段期间不能和大家分享古儒吉的好文章。在此以今天分享的五頭眼鏡蛇的象徵这篇文章来祝福大家蛇年新年快乐。希望大家有像蛇般的警觉,敏锐和平静。也祝福大家有个美好吉祥的一年。

如果要阅读之前的文章请按这里

古儒吉知识的美,在于它可以让人百读不厌,而每一次的阅读都有新的体会,每一次的阅读都让我们的小我缩小一些,心智扩大一些。祝大家阅读愉快。

The Chinese Lunar New Year is just around the corner. Koppi will be away from 2nd to 18th Feb to celebrate Chinese New Year with family. During this period of time I am not able to share Guruji's knowledge with everyone. Please do visit www.artofliving.org/what-sri-sri-said-today for the latest articles. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Symbolism of the Five-Headed Cobra 五頭眼鏡蛇的象徵


Symbolism of the Five-Headed Cobra

October 11, 2012

Bangalore, Ashram
1588
If you look at the mythological pictures, you will find Mahavir sitting with a five headed cobra behind him. Or Lord Vishnu is sitting in meditation and there is a cobra behind him.
Even in the pictures of Rishis, you will find a cobra with its hood open at the back.
Have you seen such pictures?
It is a very subtle thing!


See, when you are sitting in meditation, what is happening? Your consciousness is getting alert, opened and awakened, as though in your back ground there is a thousand headed cobra. Cobra signifies alertness.
How many of you feel a lot of alertness in the back of your head during meditation? A sort of wakefulness!
So the cobra is a symbol of the energy that raises and opens up; energy which is alert and at the same time restfulness.
It is not that there was really a cobra at the back of their head, it is a symbol of wakefulness in the deep state of rest, and that is meditation – totally restful, wanting nothing, doing nothing, being nothing and being open, like the hood of a cobra; alert without any effort.

There are two types of descriptions for this. In one they talk about a Cobra, and in another they talk about a flower; it is like a thousand-petaled lotus, blossoming on the top of the head; on the crown chakra.
So some describe it as a flower, very delicate, and some describe it as a cobra which means alert. Both fit very well.

Now if you don't feel like that, then that means you have stuffed yourself with too much food. Then you won’t find any cobra, you will only find a buffalo, because you have stuffed yourself so much and you feel so dull.
That is why, world over people always talk about fasting and prayer; fasting and meditation. At the same time you should not fast too much. Sometimes people fast all day and then eat too much at night. That is no good. Fasting has some rules that need to be followed.
Naturopath and Doctors will tell you how you should begin a fast and how you should slowly come out of it.

Sometimes in Navratri we fast, and in the name of fasting, we feast.
People say, ‘We will not eat any grains, we will only have potato’, and we eat French fries and everything else.
‘We will not have rice, but we will only have idly.’
This is cheating I tell you. Real fasting does not include eating halwas (sweet dish) and puris (fried pancakes). It is a wrong type of fasting. You should not fast like that.

Alpahara Mitahara - a little bit food and easily digestible food.
That also counts as fasting. Little bit fruits and water.
So when body is not so heavy and dull, then it blossoms and meditation happens better.

At the same time too much fasting makes your Pitta go high and then also you cannot meditate. That is why drink enough water so that the Pita in your body does not go high.

Q: Gurudev, even though there is no difference between Lord Vishu and Lord Shiva, who originated from whom? The Vishnu Purana glorifies Lord Vishnu and the Shiva Purana glorifies Lord Shiva.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: When you think, who originated from whom, you are thinking on linear terms. But truth is not linear, it is spherical.
That is why this is also true and that is also true. From which side you see, that is where it comes from.
If you see from that side then that is true. If you see it from this side then this is true. But both are same actually. This is what spherical thinking is.
It depends from where you start and where you go.
Shiva and Vishnu are different, yet both are the same.



Q: In the Ashtavakra Gita, it says, ‘You can go on reading scriptures, but you will get liberation only when you forget the scriptures.’
So then what is the purpose of reading the scriptures?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: See, you get into a bus, but then you also need to get out of the bus.
Now if you argue with me that, ‘If I have to get out of the bus then why should I get into the bus?’
You get into the bus from somewhere else and you get out from somewhere else.
If you have to get out of the bus, why should you get into the bus in the first place - this argument doesn’t hold.
So, the scriptures are to make you understand your nature, the nature of the universe, the nature of this mind which is stuck in small things, and to give it a bigger vision.
So knowledge is like the detergent. See, you put soap on your body but at some point you wash it off as well, isn’t it?!

Similarly, you have this desire, ’I want to be liberated’, and that desire takes you away from all other small desires. But if you keep holding on to that thought, then it will also become a problem at some point. You have to wash that off as well and become free.
’I want liberation, I want liberation, I want liberation’, you won't get liberation. But that desire is essential till you are free from all other small desires. Then a point comes when you say, ‘If I have to get liberation let it be, otherwise let thy will be done.’
In that moment you are already free.


Q: What is the signifiance of Mahalaya Amavasya?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Actually this Amavasya is dedicated to the departed souls.
When you leave this body you are guided into another world by a set of Devas or Angels. Pururava, Vishvedeva - these are their names. They come and guide you from one level to another level.
Mahalaya Amavasya is the day when you remember all the departed souls and thank them and wish peace for them.

There is an ancient tradition in which the family members take a few sesame seeds and little bit of rice, and then they think of their ancestors and say, ‘May you be contented, may you be contented, may you be contented.’
They say this three times and then they drop the little grains of sesame seeds with some water.

The significance of this ritual is to tell the departed that – If you still have some desires in your mind, know that they are like sesame seeds. They are not significant, just drop them. We will take care of them for you. You be free, happy and contented! There is huge universe in front of you. The universe is infinite, so look forward and go; drop whatever is pulling you back.
This is called Tarpana.

Tarpana means bringing satisfaction and fulfillment to the departed. It is done to tell them to be contented and move further.
Water is the symbol of love. To give anyone water means giving love.
In Sanskrit, Ap means water and it also means love. And in Sanskrit someone who is very dear is called Apta.
So, in their memory, you give them water as a symbol of love and life and that is why this is called Mahalaya Amavasya.
On this day think of all your ancestors.

In Vedic tradition, three generations on the mother's side and father's side are remembered, and all others friends, relatives, and anyone who has crossed over to the other side. Think of them and tell them to be satisfied.
Usually in their memory, people also do some charity, by giving food to some people and to animals.

This is there almost in all the cultures of world. I was surprised to see that this is there in Mexico as well.
In Mexico, on 2nd November, every year people celebrate this.
Similarly, they do this in China as well. In the Chinese tradition, they have one day on which they remember their ancestors, and whatever was dear to the ancestors, they make that and offer it to them.
They do this in Singapore as well. Although Singapore is a very clean city, but one day in a year it becomes very dirty for a few hours because they celebrate this on the streets.
Do you know what they do? They make huge cars and homes out of card board and burn them on the streets so that it goes to their ancestors.
They also buy a lot of fake currency notes and burn them so that people on the other side get this offering and give blessings.


Almost all over the globe, from the ancient civilization, everyone practices this.
In Christianity also, there is a day called All Saints’ Day when the ancestors are remembered. On this day people go to the graveyard and pray for the departed.
This is also done just to remind oneself that life is temporary, and so many years these other people lived here and have now gone. We have come to this world and one day we will also go. So you wish them peace and thank them. That is the main idea.

In India the ritual is all in Sanskrit and so people don't understand them. The pundits say something and then they ask you to do this and do that, and you just do it with faith.
That is not bad but it is good to do it with a little understanding.


Q: How does the Karma of our parents and ancestors affect us? Are we also punished because of their bad karmas?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Listen, if your ancestor has left you a house, is it not a boon for you now? Why are you asking such obvious questions?!
They have earned a lot of money, toiled and built a home and they left it to you. You are enjoying their karma, is it not?! And if they are gone with a big debt in the bank, and if you have to pay that back then that is your karma too. So naturally it affects you.

Not just parents but your company also affects you.
If you keep sitting with very depressed people, you also feel down and depressed as well. If you are in the company of joyful and spiritual people your karma improves.

You have no escape from bad or good karma in the world. We have to carry on with this, because there are times when we have to interact with people who are sick. You cannot say I don't want to be near sick people. If everybody says that then what will happen to all the hospitals and the patients?
So in the world we need to be with everyone, and that is why being in knowledge and seva will help shield you. These are called Kawach.

Chanting Om Namah Shivaya is like an armor around you, it is like a Kawach. It protects you from all the unwanted karma, and other not so good affects are shielded.
But you don't have to chant Om Namah Shivaya 24 hours a day. If you do that, your brain will become so dull. Just for a few minutes every day, like brushing your teeth.
You don’t brush your teeth every hour, do you? If anyone brushes their teeth every hour you will not find any teeth at all later on. They will all fall off. And if you do not brush at all, then also it is no good.
In the same way, just like dental hygiene, you need mental hygiene as well. A few minutes of chanting, a few minutes of meditation, all these will help.
We take shower only for few minutes, isn’t it?!

By the way, everybody conserve water. There is a big water scarcity around the world that has come up, and in Bangalore also. All the lakes are dry and there is not much water this year.
So we will all conserve water. Use only as much water as you require.


五頭眼鏡蛇的象徵2012年10月11日
班克羅爾靜心所


如果你看那些神話裡的相片,你會看到Mahavir(笩駄摩那——耆那教尊奉尊者大雄)坐著的身後有條五頭眼鏡蛇。或是上主毗濕奴坐著靜心而他身後有條眼鏡蛇。在智者們的相片裡,你也會看到展開頸項的眼鏡蛇在後面。你有看過這樣的相片嗎?這是非常微妙的事!
看,當你坐著靜心時,什麼事情在發生?你的意識變得很警覺,擴展和醒覺,就像你的身後有千頭眼鏡蛇般。眼鏡蛇代表警覺性你們有多少人在靜心的時候感受到頭的後方有很多的警覺性?一種醒覺狀態!所以眼鏡蛇象徵著能量的提升和伸展;一種警覺但同時也是放鬆的能量這並不是真的有眼鏡蛇在他們的頭後方,它是在深層的休息裡的醒覺的象徵,而這就是靜心——完全的休息,什麼都不要,什麼都不做,什麼都不是而就只是開放,像頸項伸展的眼鏡蛇;不費力的警覺。
對此有兩種的形容。其一人們用眼鏡蛇來形容,其二他們用花朵形容;就像是千朵花瓣的蓮花,在頭上盛開;在頂輪上。所以有些用花朵形容,很微細的,而有些形容它為眼鏡蛇代表警覺。兩者都形容得很好。
現在如果你不那樣覺得,那就表示你吃得太多了。那麼你就找不到任何眼鏡蛇,你只會找到水牛,因為你把自己塞的太滿了所以你覺得呆滯。這就是為什麼, 全世界的人都在討論禁食和祈禱;禁食和靜心。同一時間你也不可以禁食過度。有時候人們禁食了一整天但是晚上卻吃得太多。這也不好。禁食是有些規則要遵循的。自然療法師和醫生會給教你你要如何開始禁食而你又要如何慢慢的結束它。
有時候在聖母節我們禁食,又以禁食的名譽,我們盛宴。人們說,『我們不吃任何的穀類,我們只吃馬鈴薯』,所以我們就吃薯條和其它的。『我們不會吃飯,但是我們會吃米糕。』我告訴你這是作弊。真正的禁食也不包掛甜點(halwas )和油炸餅(puris )。這是錯誤的禁食。你不應該這樣禁食。
Alpahara Mitahara——少許的食物和容易消化的食物。這也可以算是禁食。少許的水果和水。所以你的身體不會太重和呆滯,然後靜心就會發生得比較好。同一時間過度的禁食會讓那你的Pitta(身體的熱能)過高而你也不能靜心。這就是為什麼喝足夠的水好讓身體裡的Pitta不會太高。

問:古儒吉,雖然上主毗濕奴和上主濕婆之間並沒有分別,誰才是源自於誰?在毗濕奴往世書裡讚頌上主毗濕奴而濕婆往世書裡讚頌上主濕婆。
古儒吉:當你在想,誰源自於誰,你的思想是線條型的。但是真理不是線條型的,它是圓體型的。這就是為什麼這是真的而那也是真的。你從哪一個角度看, 它就從哪裡來。如果你看到那裡看而那就是對的。如果你從這裡看而這就是對的。但是兩者都是一樣的。這就是圓體型思考。它取決於你從哪裡開始而往哪裡去。 濕婆和毗濕奴是不同的,但是他們也是相同
的。

問:在阿什塔夫梵歌裡,它說,『你可以繼續讀經典,但是唯有忘記經典你才能解脫。』那麼閱讀經典的目的是什麼呢?
古儒吉:看,你上巴士,但是你也需要從巴士下來。現在你如果和我爭論說,『如果我必須要下來那麼為什麼我要上巴士呢?』你從一個地方上巴士而你在另外一個地方下來。如果你必須要下來那麼為什麼你在最初的時候需要上巴士——這個爭議是不成立的。所以經典是讓你了解你的本質,宇宙的本質,卡在小小事情上的心智本質,然後給它更大的願景。所以知識就像是清潔劑。看,你在身上塗上肥皂然後過了一陣子你會把它洗掉,對嗎?!
同樣的,你有這個慾望,『我要解脫』,而這個慾望會帶你遠離其它的小慾望。但那時如果你繼續緊抓著這個念頭,那麼在一段時間過後它也會成為問題。你需要把它清洗掉然後變得自由。『我要解脫,我要解脫,我要解脫』,你就不能解脫。但是那個慾望在你脫離其它的小慾望之前是有必要的。然後到了一段時間之後你會說『如果我可以解脫那就隨它吧,否則就依照祂的旨意吧。』那個當下你就自由了。

問: Mahalaya Amavasya的象徵是什麼?
古儒吉:其實Amavasya 是獻給那些離世的靈魂。當你離開這個身體你會被一群天神或天使帶領到另外一個世界。Pururava, Vishvedeva——這些是他們的名字。他們來帶領你從一個層面到另一個層面。Mahalaya Amavasya是你紀念所有離世的靈魂並感謝他們和祝福他們讓平安與他們同在。
在古傳統裡家人會拿些芝麻和一些米,然後他們想著他們的祖先並說,『願你滿足,願你滿足,願你滿足。』他們這麼說三次然後他們用些水把芝麻灑下。這個儀式是為了告訴那些離世的——如果你心裡還有慾望,要知道它們就像是芝麻那樣。他們是微不足道的,放下它們吧。我們會幫你處理它們。你會自由,快樂和滿 足!浩瀚的宇宙就在你面前,所以往前看並先前走吧;把那些拉扯著你的都放下。這就叫做Tarpana。
Tarpana意思是帶給那些離世的人滿足和圓滿。做這的原因是要告訴他們要滿足並向前去。
水是愛的象徵。給別人水就是給予愛。在梵文,Ap的意思是水而它也是指愛。而在梵文裡最親愛的人被稱為Apta。所以,在他們的記憶裡,你給他們水象徵著愛所以這被稱為Mahalaya Amavasya。在這一天你會憶起你所有的祖先。
在吠陀傳統裡,母系的三代和父系的三代,還有其他的朋友,親戚和任何到了彼岸的人都會被追憶。憶起他們並告訴他們要滿足。通常為了追憶他們,人們會做些慈善,他們會給別人或動物一些食物。
這幾乎都在全世界的文化裡。我很意外看到墨西哥也有這個。在墨西哥,每一年的11月2號,人們會慶祝這個。相同的在中國也是。在中國的傳統裡,他們有一天是紀念祖先的,而那些他們祖先喜歡的,他們就會做那些並把它獻給他們。他們在新加坡也那麼做。雖然新加坡是很乾淨的國家,但是一年裡的那麼一天它會變骯髒幾個小時因為人們在街上慶祝這個。你知道他們做什麼嗎?他們會用紙皮做些大房子和車子然後在街上把它們焚燒好讓它們去到祖先那裡。他們也買很多假鈔然後把它焚燒好讓在彼岸的人可以收到這個供奉並給予祝福。
幾乎全世界,自古代的文明,人們都實行這個。在基督教也是,有那麼一天被稱為萬聖節而所有的祖先會被紀念。在這一天人們到墳墓去並為那些離世的人祈禱。這麼做是為了提醒自己生命是短暫的,那些人活了那麼多年而現在他們也走了。我們來到這個世界而有一天我們也會走所以你祝福他們平安並感謝他們。這是主要的理念。
在印度這個儀式是以梵文進行所以人們不明白它。那些祭司會念些什麼然後他們叫你做這個做那個,而你就只是帶著信念去做。這也不錯但是有一點點的理解會更好。

問:古儒吉,我們的祖先和父母親的業力會影響我們嗎?我們會不會因為他們的業力而受懲罰呢?

古儒吉:聽好,如果你的祖先留下了一棟房子給你,這會是你的福利對嗎?他們賺了很多錢,勞苦功高,建了棟房子也將它留給你。你正在享受著他們的業力,對嗎?如果他們在銀行欠下一大筆債務然後離開,而你就需要去還清這些債務,這也是你的業力。所以自然而然的它會影響你。

然而不只是你的父母而已,你的夥伴也是會影響你。如果你一直和一些很沮喪的人坐在一起,你也會覺得很低落和沮喪。如果你被充滿快樂和富有靈修的人陪伴,你的業力也會改善。你不能脫離世間裡好的或壞的業力。我們必須繼續前進,因為有些時候我們會需要面對一些病人。你不能說我不要靠近病人。如果每一個人都那麼說的話,那麼所有的醫院和病人會怎麼樣?所以在這個世間我們需要和大家在一起,而知識和義工服務會保護你。這些叫做Kawach。念誦Om Namah Shivaya就像是圍繞著你的盔甲,就像是Kawach那樣。它從那些不必要的業力中保護著你,而那些不太好的影響也會被去除。不過你也不需要一天唱誦24個小時的 Om Namah Shivaya。如果你那麼做的話,你的頭腦會變得很枯燥。一天幾分鐘就可以了,就像刷牙那樣。就如保持牙齒的整潔衛生,你的精神也需要保持整潔衛生。幾分鐘的唱誦,幾分鐘的靜心會有所幫助。