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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

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