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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Are you happy? 你快乐吗?

What is your commitment in life? You may say you are committed to happiness. Every living creature wants to be happy. Whether it is money, power or sex, you get into it for the sake of happiness. Some people even enjoy misery because it gives them happiness !

To be happy, we seek something. But despite getting it, we are not happy. A school-going boy may think that if he goes to college, he will be more independent, free and therefore happy. If you ask a college-going boy whether he is happy, he feels that if he gets a job, he will be happy. Talk to somebody who is settled in their job or business, you already know what he will say! He is waiting to get a perfect soul mate, to be happy. He gets a soul mate, but he now wants a kid to be happy. Ask those who have children if they are happy. How can they relax until the children have grown up and have had a good education and are on their own. Ask those who are retired, are they happy? They long for the days when they were younger.

All of one’s life is spent in preparing to be happy someday in the future. It’s like making a bed all night, but having no time to sleep.
How may minutes, hours and days have we spent our life being happy from within ? Those are the only moments you have really lived life. Those were perhaps the days when you were a small kid, completely blissful and happy or a few moments when you were surfing, swimming or sailing or on a mountain top, living in the present and enjoying it.
There are two ways of looking at life. One is thinking that, “I’ll be happy after achieving a certain objective.” The second is saying that “I am happy come what may!”

Which one do you want to live?

Seeking a guru

Before looking for a guru, it is important to know who is a true guru, and who will guide you to the path of happiness.

One who says he is a guru is not a true guru. A guru is not one who claims authority on you. A guru is not one who dictates terms to you. A guru simply means one who brings more joy, alertness and awareness into your life. He is the one who helps you get in touch with yourself, who reminds you to live in the present moment, who pulls you out of your guilt, agitation, sorrow, anguish and allows you to be yourself. Also, a master lives the values he teaches.

Enlightenment does not come through authority. Somebody cannot command you to get enlightened. Once life blossoms, and love and compassion become a reality, then silence dawns and the transformation happens. That is enlightenment. It is a personal experience.

God is also a very personal experience. It is something akin to pain. If you have a pain in your leg, can you prove it to anybody? Can you show your pain to anybody?
Much the same way, the opening of infinite consciousness is also a personal experience. The basic substratum of creation — you may call it God or any other name — opens up to us more and more as we get rid of the stresses and start living in the present moment. And then dawns surrender.
Surrender is not an act. One cannot “try” to surrender. Most often, one keeps wondering as to how to surrender. And this struggle blocks one from being “in” surrender. Surrendering is in your nature. Just like it is a child’s nature to love toys, candies, and ice creams.

How can one find his true guru? Just be open and keep learning, and when your learning is complete, it becomes obvious. When you’re on the path, don’t worry about the guru. First look at your own life, your own self. Have trust in yourself. And as knowledge unfolds, you’ll find that there is suddenly a lot of gratitude in you towards somebody and then you can accept him as a master.

Live in the moment

Life is 80 per cent joy and 20 per cent misery. But we hold on to the 20 per cent and make it 200 per cent ! It is not a conscious act, it just happens. Living in the moment with joy, alertness, awareness and compassion is enlightenment. Being like a child is enlightenment. It is being free from within, feeling at home with everybody, without barriers.
Don’t judge and don’t worry about what others think of you. Whatever they think, it is not permanent. Your own opinion about things and people keeps changing all the time. So why worry about what others think about you. Worrying takes a lot of toll on the body, mind, intellect and alertness. It is like an obstruction that takes us far away from ourselves. It brings us fear. Fear is nothing but lack of love. It is an intense sense of isolation.

This can be handled by relaxing and doing some breathing exercises. Then you will realise that, “I am loved, I am part of everybody and I am part of the whole Universe.” This will liberate you and the mind will take a complete shift. You will then find so much harmony around.

To find harmony, it is not as if you have to physically seek it by sitting somewhere for years and practise. Whenever you are in love and feel joyous, your mind is in the present . At some level, to some degree, everybody is meditating without being aware of it. There are moments when your body, mind and breath are all in harmony. That’s when you achieve yoga. The art of living lies in the present moment.



这一生当中,有多少分钟,多少小时和多少天是我们真正处在内在的快乐里?那些时刻就是你真正活在你的生命里的时刻。那些时段可能就是你 还是小孩子的时候,处在完全充满喜悦和快乐里,又或者是当你在玩冲浪,游泳,或在帆船的时候,和登高山的时候,那些时刻你就活在当下并享 受着每一个时刻。


每一个生物都要幸福快乐。无论是金钱,权利或是性,你栽在这一些事情里就是因 为要快乐。有些人甚至享受痛苦,因为那带给他们快乐!

我们在寻找一些东西,为了就是要得到快乐。但是就算是得到它了,我们还是不快乐。一个小学生或许会觉得自己去上学院会比较自立,比较自 由,所以会快乐。但是如果你问一个学院生他快不快乐,他会觉得如果他开始工作了他才会快乐。跟一个已经有工作或有生意的人谈话,你肯定知 道他会怎么说!他会期待着一个完美的灵魂伴侣,好让他快乐。如果他已经有了另一半,他会觉得有小孩比较快乐。但是如果孩子还没有长大,还 没有得到好的教育,还没有自己的工作,做父母的又怎么能放轻松呢。问那些已退休的人,他们快乐吗?他们会去怀念那些年轻的时光。


一个告诉大家他是大师的人不是真正的大师。真正的大师不是一个会在你身上显示权威的人。真正的大师不是一个会跟你支配条件的人。大师只 是一个会为你的生命带来喜悦,敏锐和醒觉的人。他是一个会让你和你自己连接起来,一个会提醒你要活在当下,把你从罪恶,煽 动,悲痛,苦恼里拉出来,并让你可以好好的做自己。还有就是,一个大师会活出自己所教诲的价值。

当生命绽放的时候,爱和慈悲就成了现实,寂静就升起然后转变就发生了。这就是开悟。是 很个人的体验。


同样的,无限的意识的开始也是个人的体验。那是一切创造的基质——你可以把那称为 神或是任何的名字——当我们摆脱压力,开始活在当下的时候,我们会把自己越来越开放给自己。然后臣服就延伸了。

臣服不是一个动作。一个人不能说我“试试看”去臣服。很多时候我们会想要知道到底要怎么样去臣服。这种挣扎却阻碍了臣服的发生。臣服是 你的本性。就像小孩子的本性是喜欢玩具,糖果和雪糕。

一个人要如何才能找到他真正的导师呢?只需要开放自己并继续学习,当你的学习完成的时候,那就会变成非常明显了。当你走在这条道路上的 时候,不要去担心自己有没有导师。首先先去看一看自己的生命,看看你自己。相信你自己。知识就会展开,你会发现突然间自己的内在对这个人 充满着感恩,然后你就接受他成为导师了。


生命是80%的喜悦和20%的痛苦。但是我们却紧紧捉住那仅仅的20%然后把它放大到200%!这不是有意识的做法,但是它就是发生 了。时时刻刻活在喜悦,敏锐,醒觉和慈悲里就是开悟。能像个孩子一样就是开悟。那是从内在绽放的自由,和大家都可以自在的在一起,没有障 碍。

不要去批判也不要去担心别人会怎样看你。他们所想的也不是永久的。你对事情和人事物的看法 时时都在改变。所以何必去担心别人怎么样看你呢。担忧需 要花费很多的体力,精神,智 力和警觉性。它就像是个阻碍,让我们和自己远离了。它也带给我们恐惧。恐 惧就是缺乏爱。这是一种强 烈的孤立感。

只要放松,做 一些呼吸练习,就 可以把这些处理好。然后你就会发现“我是被爱着的,我是大家的一部 分,我是宇宙的一分子”。这将解 放你的心灵并将它完全的转变。 你将会发现你的四周是那么的和谐。

当你在爱里面或是感觉到喜悦的时候,你就是活在当下。到一个阶段,到 一个程度,每个人都会在不自觉的情况下静心。这个时刻就是你的身,心和呼吸都处在很和谐的时刻。这就是你达到瑜伽的时候。生 活的艺术就在于活在当下。

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