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Being Born Again 重生

Being Born Again


December 27, 2012


Bad Antogast, Germany


1904

Q: Can you please explain why we should avoid rebirth?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If you wake up and see, in life there is so much misery, and misery is what you don’t like. You don’t want misery.
What we don’t want to have is called misery, and it is there in life.
Between husband and wife, father and mother, mother and daughter, daughter and son; with friends and with enemies, there is misery. Even your body brings you misery. Anything you do, there is some misery.


When you are born in this world, you are dependent. When you are a baby you can’t even get up on your own, somebody has to lift you and somebody has to wipe you.
From the time you are born you are dependent, and even in old age you become dependent, but money gives you a false opinion that you are independent. That is why it is called Maya. Maya means it creates an impression.
If you give somebody a few dollar bills, they come and work for you, and that gives you the feeling that you are independent.
In life there is dependency. Where there is dependency there is misery. What is miserable is not pleasant, and you don’t want to have it. So people say, `I don’t want any more rebirth. Enough is enough.’

Just imagine, you have to go to school again, be whacked, and then go to college and go through all the teenage crises again.
Look at all those teenage children, their faces swollen; so angry. The are angry at their parents and they don’t know what to do.
See, it is not just your enemies who bother you, your friends also bother you.
Everything is a botheration.
Your mind is occupied by your friends as much as it is occupied by your enemies. So they all bother you. Moreover, keep all botherations on one side, your mind is your biggest botheration.
Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you.
In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.
You want freedom from your own mind and so you say, ‘I don’t want another birth.'
But once you know that it is your own mind that is bothering you, and not somebody else, then that is wisdom. And when wisdom dawns then you say, ‘I don’t mind if I have to be reborn ten times, or a hundred times, or a thousand times, I will come.'
Then you realize life is joy, life is bliss. This is wisdom!

Yesterday I said, mind is our best friend and mind is our worst enemy. It sees an enemy in a friend and a friend in an enemy. Your mind can twist, distort, create it’s own hell and it’s own heaven.
So what we really want is freedom from the mind, but you say, 'I don’t want to be born again.'

Q: How to deal with people with a very big ego, especially when their behavior is affecting life and others in a bad way?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Let them have a big ego, why are you bothered?
You nurse an even bigger ego than them, there ends the story.
In fact you will find you have a bigger ego, I tell you.
Let others have an ego, so what? Why do you sign on a contract of destroying everybody’s ego, or making everybody’s ego smaller?
If someone has a big ego, nature will teach them. One day or the other, they will become miserable. Leave it to them. Let them enjoy the music.


Why do you become so miserable looking at the ego of others? I don’t understand that. You do what is required of you, as much as you can do, and move on. That is it.
In life we should just move on.
If someone is nasty to you, you can get up and shout at them, or scream at them, ‘Why did you do this thing to me yesterday; the day before and ten years ago?’
But I tell you, you are certainly spoiling this moment as well by talking about a mistake that happened yesterday or a month ago. You are spoiling the beauty of this moment.
I would want you to make a decision right now, ‘I don’t care what happened in the past, right now I am not going to spoil this moment’, finished.
The world is like an ocean, these sort of things happen. They happen and they go away as well. Friend become enemies and enemies become friends for no apparent reason.
How many of you have had the experience, that even though you have done only good to certain people, for no reason they have become your enemies? (Many raise their hands)
You wonder, ‘Oh my God, I did only good to this person, why is he blaming me? Why has this person become an enemy?’
Also, there are people to whom you have not done any favor and yet they have helped you a lot. How many of you have this experience? (Many raise their hands)
See, whether someone becomes your friend or your enemy, it all works on the strange laws of karma. That is why, put them all in one basket and relax. This, I have adopted as my policy.
You do so much good to one person and still if that person is angry with you, or they blame you, what do you do?
So, don’t go on chewing on that and spoil the present moment with the past.
Isn’t that a good idea? This moment let us celebrate.

In the past I used to listen to people, all their stories and their blaming one another. Suddenly I realized, ‘No, I’m not going to listen to anybody’s complaint any more. I don’t want to spoil this moment’s energy.’
Deal with your things, that is your karma. This is what the ancient people used to say.
They would never sit like counselors and listen to all your stories. They’d say, ‘Come on, wake up this moment; now (snapping his fingers)', and that would bring a huge change in the mind, in the energy, and in the time.
But you don’t start doing that right away, then you will be called the most insensitive and rude person. Got it?
Do it slowly. You have to listen to people, which I have also done for so many years. But a point should come, especially with people, when you have to say, ‘Okay, now no more.' Sometimes it happens, old people at home go on and on. They enjoy complaining. How many of you have experienced this? (Many raise their hands)
See! They enjoy complaining, and when someone listens, they complain even more. At those moments you should just put on music and say, ‘Hey come on, let’s dance. Stop complaining.’ 

Q: Gurudev, you said that 2012 was going to be the year of 'Nanda' (bliss). How come it was such a hard year?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The year of Nanda is not yet over, it will be over end of March.There are still three months more.
You know, it is good when things churn inside you, then you wake up.
It is not that it happens only in the outside world, but even in the spiritual field, it happens. People come here for spirituality but they get caught up in so many other things.


The other day a person came to me, and I said,‘Why did you come to me? You came to me for knowledge, and you have left the knowledge and you are thinking about all other things.'
That person said, 'This person said like this to me.’
Come on! If the world is bad, it is for a good reason; so that you better straighten yourself up. When you don’t see your own flaws, you see flaws in everybody else, and you think, ‘Everybody is bad, only I am good.'
I tell you, people who think like that are seriously wrong. They are not saadhaks (spiritual seekers). To be a saadhak is to look at oneself and see, 'What should I correct in myself, let me correct that.'
You cannot complain that it is cold in Germany in winter. It will be. It is good to stay indoors.
So, catch hold of wisdom. That is the only truth and the only reality. And that is what all this knowledge, meditation and sadhana is for. It gives you such inner strength that you can walk with a smile under any circumstance. Isn’t that what everyone is aspiring for?
Such an inner strength, that come what may, nobody can snatch your smile.
This is most needed. 

Q: How does one achieve and maintain inner strength?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: By waking up to this knowledge.
It should not be that just once a year you come, listen to some knowledge and go away. Make it part of your daily routine, so that it is maintained.
Also, humility is important. Sometimes, people get so numb to knowledge. They think, ‘I know it all.'
One should not get into that arrogance, ‘I know the knowledge, what is there to know.’ The constant revival of knowledge; of the same points that you know, and reliving it is important.
It is not a very tough or difficult task, and even if you lose the knowledge for a moment, it just comes back. Knowing that it comes back, you don’t really lose it, it is there. 

Q: Dear Gurudev, can you tell us why it’s good to come out of the comfort zone in which we feel safe and secure, and do things that we don’t like doing, or which we don’t feel comfortable doing.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Coming out of your comfort zone time and again will expand your ability and your strength; you become stronger.
You are so caught up in your comfort zone. That is the cause of your fear, your anxiety, and your bondage. Your comfort zone is your bondage.
Sometimes when you wake up and say, ‘I am going to get out of this’, it brings that strength back to you.

Q: Why do people that we love commit suicide? Do they not feel our love?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Well, it is because they are not exposed to the knowledge and they don’t know what it is to be alive, or what it is to die.
They have no idea about their prana, or about their life. They are so obsessed with their comfort, so they commit suicide. People who want extreme comfort are those who commit suicide. They have no forbearance; they can’t bear a little discomfort.
That is where you need more prana and more energy.


The more you tell someone not to commit suicide, they’ll say, ‘No, I want to commit suicide.' Sometimes I tell them, ‘Okay, commit suicide, but climb Mt. Everest and from there you jump. Don’t hang yourself at home. Go for some adventure and if you die, you die. Good luck.’

It is stupid to commit suicide. They have not been exposed to this beautiful knowledge and they don’t know the value of life. That is why it is very important for us to teach everybody about their breath.
When prana level is really low, that is when thoughts of commiting suicide arise. When the prana is high, this thought will not come.
No crime will happen if prana is high. You will not be violent to yourself or others when your prana is high. That is why Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, meditation, all these practices need to be taught to people.
Also, such people who have such tendencies should engage themselves in serving others.
In ancient India, nobody would be given knowledge unless they break their bones to do some seva. 10 to 12 years, people would stay in a monastery and they would do so much service. Only then they would be given some knowledge.
When the body is fit from doing so much service, so much work, then the mind is fit and humble. It is like training in martial arts. Have you seen martial art training? Mind and body are coordinated.
You are trained like that in the army as well, so that your emotions are not all over the place, and you are not thinking of 'me' all the the time.

Q: Dear Gurudev, when we have some problems or decisions to make and we get the answer from the voice inside us, how do we know who is speaking? Is it our mind, intuition or the Divine itself?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: It is all the same, don’t worry about it. There is no need to analyse it too much, just be at ease. When we are at ease, the right answer comes up.
Intuition cannot come by forcing ourselves. It is a natural phenomenon.



重生

2012年12月27日 德國,Bad Antogast


問:您可以解釋為什麼我們應該避免重生嗎?
古儒吉:如果你醒過來看,在生命裡有那麼多的痛苦,而痛苦是你所不喜歡的。你不要痛苦。什麼是我們不要的就叫做痛苦,而它就在生命裡。夫妻之間,爸爸和媽媽,媽媽和女兒,女兒和兒子;和朋友與敵人,都有痛苦。就連你的身體也帶給你痛苦。你所做的任何事情,都有一些痛苦。

當你出生在這個世界上,你是依賴的。當你是嬰兒的時候你連自己站起來都不能,別人需要扶你而別人也需要為你擦洗。你在出世的那一刻就是依賴的,而就算到了老年你也是依賴的,但是金錢給了你假的見解以為你是獨立的。這就是為什麼它被稱為幻相(Maya)。幻相的意思是製造一個印象。如果你給別人幾塊錢美金,他們會來為你工作,這讓你覺得你是獨立的。在生命裡是有依賴性的。當有依賴性的時候就有痛苦。而什麼是痛苦的就是不愉快的,而你不要得到它。所以人們說『我不要再重生。夠了就是夠了。』

只需要去想像,你需要再去學校,被重打,然後去學院然後要經歷那些少年危機。看看那些青少年們,他們的臉浮腫;那麼的生氣。他們生氣他們的父母而他們不知道該怎麼做。看,不只是你的敵人困擾你,你的朋友也困擾你。所有的一切都是困擾。你的心智被你的朋友佔據著和被你的敵人佔據著一樣多。所以他們都困擾你。此外,把你的困擾都放在一邊,你的心智就是你最大的困擾。實際上沒有別的事情會比你的心智更困擾你,我告訴你。事實上,別的事情可能看起來在困擾你,但是並不是其它的,而是你的心智。

你要從你的心智裡得到自由所以你說『我不要再重生了。』但是只要你知道困擾你的其實是你的心智,而不是其他人,那就是智慧。當智慧來臨時你就會說『我不介意就算是要再重生多十次,或幾百次,或幾千次,我還是會來。』然後你就會發現生命是喜悅,生命是極樂。這就是智慧!

昨天我說,心智是我們最好的朋友和心智是我們最壞的敵人。它看起來像是在朋友之內的敵人和在敵人之內的朋友。你的心智會扭轉,歪曲,製造它自己的地獄和自己的天堂。所以我們真正要的是心智的自由,但是你說『我不要再重生了。』

問:要如何和應對小我非常大的人,尤其是當他們的行為在壞的方面影響到生活和其他人?

古儒吉:就讓他們有那些大的小我吧,為什麼你要管他?你在孕育一個比他們更大的小我,故事就在這裡結束。事實上你會發現你有更大的小我,我告訴你。讓他們有小我,那又怎麼樣?為什麼你要簽張毀掉別人小我的合約,或讓每個人的小我變小?如果別人有小我,大自然會教育他們。一天天,他們會變得痛苦。隨他們去。讓他們享受那些音樂。
為什麼你要因為看到別人的小我而痛苦?我不明白這點。

你做自己該做的,做你所能做到的,繼續向前進。就是這樣。在生命裡我們應該繼續向前進。如果有人討厭你,你站起來對他們喊叫,或對他們尖叫,『你昨天;前天和十年前為什麼那麼對我?』。但我告訴你,你談及一些昨天或一個月前的錯誤確實是破壞了當下。你破壞了當下的美 麗。我要你現在就做個決定『我不管過去發生過什麼事,現在我不要破壞這個當下』,結束。這個世界就像是海洋,這些事情會發生。它們發生了也離開了。 沒有明顯的原因為什麼朋友成為敵人而敵人成為朋友。你們多少人有這樣的經歷,就算你對某人只是做了好事,但是沒有原因的他就成為了你的敵人?(很多人舉手)你會好奇『我的天,我只對這個人做了好事,為什麼他責怪我?為什麼這個人變成了敵人?』還有,也有一些人你並沒有幫過他們什麼但是他們卻幫了你很多。你們多少人有這個經歷?(很多人舉手)看,一個人是否成為你的朋友或敵人,這些都是以一個很奇妙的業力法在運作。這就是為什麼,把他們統統都放在一個籃子裡然後放鬆。這,我把它當成是我的政策。你對一個人做了很多好事但是如果那個人生氣你,或他們責怪你,你會怎麼做?所以,不要去咀嚼然後讓過去破壞當下的這一刻。 這是不是一個好主意?這個當下讓我們慶祝吧。
在過去我時常聆聽別人,他們所有的故事和他們彼此責怪對方。突然間我明了了,『不,我再也不要在聽任何人埋怨了。我不要破壞當下的能量。』處理好你的事情,那是你的業力。這是古時候的人常說的。他們從來不會像個輔導員般的坐下來聽完你所有的故事。他們會說『拜託,當下就醒過來;現在(彈著他的手指)』,而這會帶給心智,和時間很大的轉變。但是你不要現在就開始這麼做,那你會被稱為最不敏感和最粗魯的人。知道嗎?慢慢的做。你需要聽一聽別人,這也是我做了那麼多年的。但是那個點將到來,尤其是和人們,當你必須說『好吧,現在不要了』。有時候那會發生,家裡的老人會一再重覆。他們享受埋怨。你們有多少人經歷過這個?(很多人舉手)看!他們享受埋怨,而當有人聆聽的時候,他們會埋怨更多。那個時候你應該播些音樂然後說『嘿來吧,跳舞吧。停止埋怨吧。』

問:古儒吉,您說2012年將是個極樂年(Nanda )。但為什麼它是那麼艱難的一年?
古儒吉:極樂年並未結束,他會在三月底才結束。還有三個月。你知道,有東西在你內在攪動是好的,你就會醒來。這不是只是在外面的世界發生,但是在心靈領域,它發生。人們為了靈修來到這裡但是他們卻被很多其它的事情困住了。
前幾天有個人來見我,而我說『為什麼你來見我?你來見我是為了知識,但是你卻遺棄了知識而只是想著其它的事情。』那個人說『這個人對我說了這樣的話。』拜託!如果這個世界是壞了,這也是為了好的原因;所以你最好是整頓好自己。如果你看不到自己的缺陷,你看到別人的缺陷,而你卻想『全部人都是壞的,只有我是好的。』我告訴你,這樣想的人是嚴重的錯了。他們不是尋道者(saadhaks )。要成為尋道者就是要看著自己然後想『我要如何修正自己,讓我修正這個。』你們埋怨說德國的冬天很冷。它會是這樣。呆在室內比較好。所以,抓緊智慧。這是唯一的真理和現實。而這就是這些知識,靜心和靈性修持(sadhana)的用意。它給你這種內在的力量讓你在任何的情況下都可以帶著微笑走過。這不就是所有人都渴望的嗎?這麼樣個內在的力量,讓該來的都來,沒有人可以搶走你的微笑。這是最需要的。

問:要如何取得和維持內在的力量?
古儒吉:從意識到了這方面的知識。這不應該是你一年才來一次,聽取些知識然後離開。把它當成你每一天的例行,好讓它維持。還有,謙卑很重要。有時候,人麼對知識是那麼麻木。他們心想『我全都知道。』一個人不應該變成傲慢,『我知道那個知識,那有什麼好需要知道的。』知識是不斷再生的;你所知道的相同的點,而重溫這一點是很重要的。這不是件很棘手或是困難的任務,就算你失去知識一陣子,它還是會回來。知道它會回來,你不會真正的失去它,它就在那裡。 
 問:親愛的古儒吉,您可以告訴我們從我們感到安全和可靠的舒適區走出來,並去做那些我們不喜歡做的,或是去做那些我們覺得做了會不舒服的事情會有什麼好處?
古儒吉:從你的舒適區時間裡走出來會增加你的能力和你的力量,你會變得更堅強。你是如此陷入在自己的舒適區。這造成你的恐懼,你的焦慮,和你的束縛。你的舒適區就是你的束縛。有時候你醒過來並說『我要從這裡走出去』,它會帶回那個力量給你。

問:為什麼我們愛的人會自殺?難道他們感覺不到我們的愛嗎?
古儒吉:好,這是因為他們沒有接觸到知識和他們不知道什麼是活著,還是死是什麼。他們完全不知道自己的能量,或是關於他們的生命。他們是如此沉迷在自己的舒適感,所以他們自殺。那些要極度舒適感的人就是那些自殺的人。他們沒有忍耐度;他們不能忍受一丁點的不舒服。這就是為什麼你需要更多的Prana和更多的能量。
你越是勸一個人不要自殺,他們會說『不,我要自殺。』有時候我告訴他們『好,自殺,但是去爬喜馬拉雅山再從那裡跳下來。不要在家上吊。去探險而如果你死了,你就死吧。祝好運。』
自殺是很笨的。他們並沒有接觸過這些漂亮的知識而他們不知道生命的價值。所以這就是為什麼我們教別人關於他們的呼吸是很重要的。如果能量很低的時候, 這就是自殺的念頭升起的時候。當能量很高的時候,這樣的想法不會出現。在能量高的時候沒有罪案會發生。當你的能量很高的時候你不會對你自己或是別人使用暴力。這也是為什麼淨化呼吸,調息法,靜心,和這一切練習要教導給別人。
還有,有這類傾向的人應該投身在服務別人。在古時候的印度,沒有人會被傳授知識除非他們盡心力的去做服務。十年至十二年,人們會住在修道所而他們會去做很多的服務。只有這樣他們才會被傳授知識。當身體適應做這麼多的服務,這麼多的工作,然後心智才會適應和謙卑。就像是武術練習那樣。你看過武術練習嗎?心智和身體是一致的。在兵營也是這樣訓練的,所以你的情緒不會散亂,而你也不會時時刻刻只是想著『我』而已。

問:親愛的古儒吉,當我們面對問題或是需要做決定的時候而我們從內在的聲音聽到答案,我們要怎麼知道是誰在說話?是我們的心智,直覺或是神性本身?
古儒吉:它們全都一樣,不要去擔憂那。也不需要去分析太多,只需要放鬆。當我們放鬆的時候,正確的答案自然會升起。直覺是不會從強迫自己而來的。它是個自然現象。

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