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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Stop and see, where is life going? 停下腳步去看,生命要往什麼方向前去?

Stop and see, where is life going?

September 14, 2012 Lima, South America





1534So what should we discuss tonight?I am playing the role of the speaker and you are all listeners. How nice it would be for me to know what is it that you want to know tonight.You can think of topics.You know, to discuss something which is very dear to our hearts, we need to be in an informal atmosphere.

A formal atmosphere is not congenial for wisdom; for authenticity.
I have a habit of doing everything in an informal way.
So let us begin by turning around and greeting the person in-front of you, next to you and behind you. Become familiar with everyone around you.


We spend half of our health in
earning money, and then we
spend half of our wealth to get
the health back. Not so smart!
We need to find where life is 

going? 
We keep working and we keep
on doing things without knowing
What is the Purpose! Without
even enjoying all that this nature
has provided us.
I want to ask you a question.Did you really greet the person or did you do it as a formality?You don't have to tell that to the person next to you. You don't have to tell them, 'Hey, I just greeted you as a formality.'
I want you to ask yourself, did you really greet the person?You know when you get off the plane, the air hostesses greet you saying, 'Have a nice day', but they don't mean it.It is just coming from the lips.But if the same words comes to you from your mother, or sister, or a close friend, it carries some vibration with it.
 
So we convey more through our vibrations.Someone can stand and give you a talk about love for two hours, but that does not convey what a baby or dog conveys to you through vibrations.You go into a place where people are depressed, you will see that for no reason you are also depressed. Similarly, you go to a place where people are happy and you feel the joy coming up within you.

The whole world is just vibrations; waves and waves.
Our mind is vibrations, our body is all vibrations, thoughts are vibrations and our emotions are all vibrations. But we don't do anything to improve the vibrations, the positivity in us, isn't it?!
That something, doing which, your vibrations become very joyful, positive and peaceful, is Meditation.
This happens very fast through the breathing techniques and meditation.
Usually when one says Meditation, you think, one has to leave everything and go to Machu Picchu, or somewhere in the Himalayas; no, it is not like that. You can experience it in your own home. And what are the benefits of meditation? Why should we do it? As I said, our vibrations become positive.Sometimes, when you meet someone, you feel some repulsion and you don't want to talk to that person. Have you experience this?
And then, there are some people that you meet, and you feel like talking to them and engaging with them. Again, this is vibrations.


Similarly, you get some thoughts, and they are absolutely right. And at other times, you get thoughts that are completely wrong. Isn't that so?So, we are like walking in the darkness without understanding our own consciousness. If you understand consciousness, a lot of things happen and your life becomes much happier. Our health becomes better, our relationships with people improves.You must have heard from people, how the violent tendencies in life go down. And most important, our desires get fulfilled.

There are four kinds of people. Some people have desires, and they desire and desire but nothing gets manifested.There are others who desire and work so hard for it, and then after a long time, it gets manifested.And the third one are those who desire, and immediately it gets done, without much hard work.And the fourth one are those who don't even have to desire, even before the desire arises, things are already there.
So which category do you want to be in? Fourth one?

Yes, that is the luckiest. It is just like, you have not even felt thirst and already there is water.There is a proverb in India which says, 'When you had teeth, you didn't get peanuts, and when you got peanuts, you didn't have teeth.'
Many people are in this situation. They work so hard all their life, make all the money, put it all in the bank and they die. And then the children fight over the money of the parents.
In the world, about 70% of the court cases are about inheritance.
Now, see nobody fights over the money they have earned. So what you have done is, you have made money, put it in the bank and then made your children fight with each other for the money. Is this an intelligent thing to do?

We spend half of our health in earning money, and then we spend half of our wealth to get the health back.Not so smart! Not so economical.

See, when the mind is bitter,
you can't find happiness
anywhere in the world. When
the mind is sweet, then you
find sweetness everywhere.
So meditation is all about
finding sweetness deep inside.
That something, doing which,
your vibrations become very
joyful, positive and peaceful,
is Meditation.
We need to find where life is going?

There is a story of a wise fool!A wise fool was sitting on a donkey, and the donkey was running. It went round and round the same streets many times. So someone asked this gentleman, 'I see you going up and down several times, where are you going?'He says, 'I don't know, ask the donkey!'Most of the time, our lives are that way. We keep working and we keep on doing things without knowing - What is the Purpose! Without even enjoying all that this nature has provided us.See, when the mind is bitter you can't find happiness anywhere in the world. When the mind is sweet, then you find sweetness everywhere.So meditation is all about finding sweetness deep inside us. And when you find it, do you know what you want to do? You want to give it to everybody.

People ask me, 'What is your motivation? What do you get? Why are you running around to all these places around the world all the time?'I asked them one question, 'Suppose you see a very nice movie, what do you do? Do you just sit quiet in your room? Or do you pick up the phone, call your friends and tell them, 'Oh, it is a great movie, you must go and see this movie.' Now what do you get by doing that? Do the movie producers give you some commission? Or the actors give your some money? What do you get for making all those phone calls? You do it because the nature of joy is to share.'

The nature of joy is sharing.There are two types of joy, one is the joy of grabbing. As kids we were born with this tendency. If you leave a child here, it will go and grab this flower, grab this sheet, pull that chair, turn everything around upside down, and hold on to things.It will hold on to anything, even a knife. Without knowing it is going to hurt its hand, the child with grab a knife. But mothers are very clever, they will give the child something else to loosen the child's grip from the knife. Isn't that so?
When children catch on to something that is not good, you give them something else.
So this is one type of joy, the joy of getting, having. This is a childish joy; childish happiness. 

There is another type of happiness, joy, that comes from giving.Many ladies here, when guests are coming home, or children are coming home, what do you do? You make many different types of food and decorate it and put it on the table. Your joy as a mother is in giving, isn't it!Look at grandparents, they love to give gifts to the children, isn't it?! There is a joy in giving, and this is a mature joy.We cannot live life by just having the joy of getting without understanding the joy in giving.Once you have a little taste of the joy that comes from giving, you will find that life is worth living, life is fulfilling.
So, smile more!


You know a baby smiles 400 times a day, a adolescent smiles only 17 times and an adult rarely smiles. And if you become an officer or a politician, then forget about it. Your smile disappears, flies away.A smile is not something artificial, it should come from within. That can only happen when the stress is gone, when we go deep in meditation.
If someone says, 'I am meditating', that means that they smile more; there is serenity, sensitivity and sensibility, and this is spirituality.Spirituality means sensibility, sensitivity, sweetness, smile; all these put together.

Usually when one says
Meditation, you think, one
has to leave everything and
go to Machu Picchu, or
somewhere in the Himalayas;
no, it is not like that. You can
experience it in your own home.
And what are the benefits of
meditation? As I said, our
vibrations become positive.

Q: What should I do if the stress factor is coming from outside. If it is something I do not control or it is beyond me. How do I transmit peace?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: That is why we need to educate people on how to handle their stress. If one person is not well in the family, does it not affect the whole family? Yes, it does affect. Similarly, if a few are mentally unwell in the society, crime increases in society.There are people who are in prisons who say, 'Oh, now we don't want to be in violence', but there are so many more outside who are causing problems to society and that is why we need to give this spiritual education to people.

We need to educate people on how to be calm, how to handle their negative emotions and how to handle their mind, because neither at home, nor at school did anyone teach us how to handle our mind. So then there is anger, jealousy and hatred, and when you live with these emotions then you act on them. You don't know how to get rid of it. You hold on to it and then you act from that and then you regret. This is the problem. These practices and this knowledge here is the solution.


停下腳步去看,生命要往什麼方向前去?


今晚我們要討論些什麼?我在扮演演講者的角色,而你們是聽眾。你們想知道些什麼,你們可以想個主題。要討論些和我們的心很親近的話題,我們需要一個非正式的氣氛。正式的氣氛不能親近智慧。我有個習慣就是以不正式的方式做所有的事情。所以讓我們轉向四周圍和大家打招呼。去和他們變得熟悉些。

我要問你們一個問題。當你們和別人打招呼的時候,你是真正的在和他們打招呼或只是為了禮節?你不需要去告訴你周圍的人說『嘿~我和你打招呼只是因為禮節。』我要你問你自己,你是真正的在和他打招呼嗎?

當你離開飛機的時候,那些空姐會對你說『祝你有個愉快的一天』,她們其實並沒有真正要祝福你。那些只是從她們的口中隨意的說出來而已。如果同樣的話來自你的母親,姐妹或是朋友,那些話就會帶著一些振動。所以我們多數是透過震波來傳達訊息的。

當你去到一個全都是憂鬱的人的地方,沒有任何理由的你也會開始覺得鬱悶。但是我們不能做任何事情來改善那些振動,那些正面的是來自我們的內在,對嗎?能讓我們的震波變得喜悅,正面和平靜的是靜心。當我們談及靜心的時候,你會認為我們需要放下一切,然後去到馬丘比丘(北美秘魯的一個優美的地方)或是喜馬拉雅之類的地方。不,不是這樣的。你可以在自己的家裡體驗這些。而靜心的好處有些什麼?為什麼我們要靜心?就如我所說的,我們的震波會變成正面。有時候當別人和我們說話的時候,我們會覺得很抗拒而且不想和那個人說話了。你有經歷過嗎?又有些你遇到的人,你會想要和他們說話,並參與他們。這就是震波。

相同的,有些時候你有些想法,而它們是完全正確的。又有些時候,你又有一些想法,但是那些都是錯誤的。對嗎?所以我們像是在黑暗裡行走,我們沒有真正去理解我們的意識。如果你明白你的意識,很多事情將發生,而你的生命也會變得更快樂。我們的健康會改善,我們與別人之間的關係也會改善。你也許聽別人說過,他們的暴力傾向消失了。而最重要的是他們的期望都被完成了。

有四種人。有些人有慾望,他們很多的渴望,但是什麼都沒有發生。有些是有慾望,而他們也很努力的工作,過了些日子它就實現了。第三種人是那些有慾望而且不需要多大的努力它們就馬上被實現了。第四種是那些慾望還沒有升起的時候,就已經有現成的在等待他們了。你要成為那一種人?第四種?

在印度有句諺語是這麼說到的『當你有牙齒的時候,你沒有花生;當你有花生的時候,你卻沒有牙齒。』很多人就是在這個情形裡。他們在生命裡是那麼的努力,賺了很多錢,把它都放在銀行裡,然後他們就死去了。後來那些孩子們就為了那些遺產爭執。世界上70%的法院審理案件都是因為遺產。你看吧,沒有人會為了自己所掙的錢爭執的。所以你所做的是:你賺了很多錢,把它們放在銀行裡,然後讓你的孩子為了那些錢互相爭執。這是聰明人會做的事情嗎?我們用了一半的健康去掙錢,然後我們用一半的財富去換回健康。這一點都不聰明!不太划算。我們必須要找到生命要往什麼方向前去?

有個關於聰明的傻子的故事。一個有聰明的傻子坐在一頭驢身上,而那頭驢在四處亂跑。它在街上來來回回了很多次。有人就問了這個男士,『我看你走上走下很多回了,你這是要去哪裡呢?』他回答到『我不知道!你問驢子吧!』

很多時候我們的生命也是這樣。我們很努力的工作,我們不自覺的一直重複的做著一些事情——目的是什麼!就連大自然所提供給我們的我們都沒有去享受過。當心智是痛苦的時候,你在世界上的任何地方都不會找到快樂。當你的心智是甜美的時候,你到哪裡都可以找到甜美的事物。所以靜心就是找到我們內心深處的甜美。當你找到的時候,你知道你會想做什麼嗎?你會把它給予所有的人。

人們問我『你的動力是什麼?你得到什麼?為什麼你在世界各地來來回回?』我就問他們一個問題『如果你看了一部很好看的電影,你會怎麼做?你只是在房裡靜靜的坐著嗎?或是拿起電話去和朋友分享?“這部電影很好看,你一定要去看”你這樣做你得到的是什麼?電影的製作人有給你佣金嗎?還是導演給你錢?你打了那些電話有什麼酬勞?你這麼做的原因是因為喜悅的本質是分享。』
 喜悅的本質是分享。喜悅有兩種,一種是抓住的喜悅。小孩子在出生的時候就有這種傾向。如果你把一個小孩放在這裡,他就會開始抓這花,抓這個布,拉那個椅子,把一切都翻過來了,而且會抓住一切。他會抓住任何的東西,就算是刀片。在不知道刀片會割傷他的情況下,他會抓住那個刀片。但是母親是聰明的,她會給孩子一些別的東西,好讓孩子鬆開手,對嗎?如果孩子抓住不好的東西,你會給他們一些別的。所以這是其中一種喜悅,得到,獲得的喜悅。這是幼稚的喜悅;幼稚的快樂。

還有另一種快樂,另一種喜悅:是來自於給予的。這裡有很多的女士,如果有客人來到家裡,或是孩子回來的時候,你們會做些什麼?你煮了很多的食物,並把它裝飾好放在桌上。身為母親的喜悅就是給予,對嗎?看看那些祖父母,他們很喜歡給小孩子禮物對嗎?在給予裡面有喜悅,這就是成熟的喜悅。我們不能活在只是接受的喜悅裡;而不去了解那給予的喜悅。只要你有一點點來自給予的喜悅,你就會發現生命是值得活下去的,生命是圓滿的。

一個嬰兒一天會微笑400次,但是青少年只笑17次,而大人卻是難得一笑。如果你是個官員或是政治家,你就更不會笑了。你的笑容消失了,飛走了。笑容不是人為的,它應該是發自內心的。唯有壓力消失了,或是在很深沉的靜心時,我們才會會心一笑。如果有人告訴你『我在靜心。』這表示他們會更有笑容,這裡會有寧靜,靈敏性和敏感性,還有的就是靈性。靈性代表敏感性,靈敏性,甜美,笑容,把這些都合在一起。

問:如果壓力是外來的因素,我應該怎麼做?如果那是我無法控制的,或是超出我的能力的。我要怎麼樣才能傳遞平靜?

古儒吉:這就是為什麼我們需要教育別人如何去面對壓力。
如果在家庭裡有一個人不舒服,那是不是會影響整個家庭?答案是明顯的。相同的,如果社會上有一些精神不健全的人,社會的犯罪率就會提高。在監獄裡的一些人會說『我們不要處在暴力裡了』,但是外面還有很多人在社會裡製造問題,這就是為什麼我們需要把這些心靈的教育傳達給大家。

我們需要教導別人要如何保持冷靜,要如何處理負面的情緒,要如何應付他們的心智,因為在家裡或學校都沒有人教過我們要如何應付我們的心智。所以憤怒,嫉妒,仇恨升起,當你和那些情緒共存的時候,你就會對它們做出些反應。你並不知道要如何擺脫它們。你緊緊抓住它,你因為它而採取行動,結果你就後悔了。這就是問題的所在。在這裡的知識和練習就是解決問題的方法。

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