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Knowledge turns every nightmare into a sweet dream 知識讓每一個噩夢轉變成美夢

Knowledge turns every nightmare into a sweet dream


May 17, 2012


Sofia, Bulgaria


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Q: Do we create our reality or is everything predetermined?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Do you have a dog at home?
(Answer: Yes)

See, when you go to the park, you go with a leash on the dog. That is legal. Now, the dog has freedom only for the length of the leash. Correct? It can sit very close to where the leash is, or go as long as the leash is. That much is its freedom. If you have trained a dog to be in one area, that is his freedom. He doesn’t go twenty kilometers away.
Similarly, in life, everybody has some freedom, and some things are fixed. Human beings have this freedom because humans have intelligence. The lives of animals are programmed. They never overeat. Their life is aligned with nature, but we have the freedom to align with nature or violate the law. Are you getting what I am saying?
When you align with nature, there is harmony, and when you go against the laws of nature, there is disharmony. So, in life, many things are fixed and a few things are free will.

I will give you another example. When it is raining to get wet or not is your freewill. You can take an umbrella or a rain coat and not get wet. So, life is a combination of freewill and destiny. The more you go deep into meditation, the happier you are, the more you align yourself with nature, the more you will have free-will.


Q: When life ends the world does not end. But when the world ends life ends. Is there an end to this world?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If you see a tennis ball and ask me where does the ball begin and where does it end, what can I say?
Three things in the world that neither begins nor end.
1. The Divine light or the consciousness has no beginning and no end.
2. Life has no beginning and no end. It is eternal.
3. This Earth, our world has no beginning and no end.
This earth is spherical. It will change its form but it keeps continuing. Don’t worry; the world is not ending, especially in 2012. The world ends only in American movies.

Q: I had dream that I am coming this course and I have had dreams about you. Are dreams a sort of intuition?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
There are 6 types of dreams. Do you want to know?
The first type is daydreaming. Let us leave it aside. It is not a dream per se.
The second type of dream that comes to you is about your past experiences. Your past experiences and impressions come to you as dreams.
The third type of dream is your desires and fears; they come to you as dreams.
The fourth type of dream is your intuition or premonition. Whatever is going to happen may come to you as a dream.
The fifth type has nothing to do with you, but with the place where you sleep. You see faces and hear languages that are strange to you.
The sixth type is a mixture of all this. And 99% of the dreams are of this type. So, it is best not to try to interpret or worry about them too much. You never know, some dreams could be your premonition or intuition, and some could just be your fear or anxiety. So, it is best to just let go, drink a cup of tea and be happy. Wake up from the dream. 
The wise people see even this life as a dream. You should see the whole past as a dream. It is all gone, isn’t it? It is like a dream.
Dreams are nothing but memories of impressions. It is all gone. And this (the present) will become a dream. It will be gone. And tomorrow, day after and three days later, you will all go back home and say, ‘Oh, we were in Bulgaria. It is all like a dream.’
Similarly, if you think about it, you will live day after day, day after day, for another 50 years on this planet, and then you will wake up and say, ‘Oh, it is like a dream, it is all gone’. Correct!
And it is knowledge that turns every nightmare into a sweet dream.

Q: Can the soul be reborn in the same family?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: It is possible if the person is too attached to their grandchildren. If the only thought in the mind is ‘My grandchildren, my grandchildren’, then they will be born there. Our deepest impression causes the next birth.

Q: Is there only individual karma, or is there karma of a nation?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There are so many layers of karma. There is individual karma, family karma, community karma, nation karma, and also time karma. There are so many layers of karma. But all that can be changed.
When you sit and meditate, changes occur in so many ways. Don’t think that you are meditating just for yourself. When you do Kriya or meditation, you are not only making your karma positive, but you are also influencing the planet and you are also influencing the other subtler planes. When you do meditation, it has a very soothing and calming influence even on the people that are dead and gone.

Q: How do we find our life’s mission?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: To realize one’s mission, your mind has to become clear. And doing Hollow and Empty meditation makes the mind very clear. When the mind is clear then intuition comes up.
Think how best I can be of use to people, and when you become useful to people around you, when your life is for seva, then you find that life is very meaningful and very fulfilling.
If your life is only centered on yourself, ‘What about me, what will I get? How much more joyful can I be?’ If you are focused only on that then you go into depression.
See, your strength and talents are meant to be put to good use for others. If nature has given you a good voice, is it for you or for others? Do you sing and listen to your own song? If nature has given you a good voice, that is for others to enjoy.
If nature has given you a good form, is it for you or for others? It is for others to look at you and enjoy.
So, any strength that you have is not for you; it is for others.
Any power or strength that you have can be used in two ways. Either you use the power to fight with others, or use the power to serve others. For centuries, people in the world have been gaining power only to fight with others, isn’t it? One gained power so that they could fight another, and whom do you fight with – with the one who is equal to you.
Definitely one does not fight with someone who has less power than them. One fights with someone who is on par with them. And nobody has found happiness in fighting with power. If the power that you have been given is put to good use, to serve, it brings you satisfaction and happiness.
So, everything that you have – power, beauty, money, appearance, voice, they are all meant to be put to good use, for the service of others. Then, you find life will be so fulfilling.


Q: Do we have the right to help somebody who has refused help. Keeping in mind that their free will is sacred, should we help them?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: I want to ask you a question. Suppose there is a child who is running around on a small parapet wall, and there is a danger of falling, what will you do? Let the child have its freedom? No, you will guide the child and bring it back, right?
Similarly, if someone is into drugs, and you know it is harmful for them, won’t you go and help them? So, similarly we must try our best to you our skills to help people out of trouble.
Suppose someone is mentally ill and does not take medication, what does the family do? Allow him to be? He may get violent and hit everybody. The wise family members give his prescribed medication in juice or milk, and he feels better after drinking it.
So, there is nothing called ‘absolute’. You should always use your wisdom for the given situation. You cannot force someone in order to help them. Suppose someone wants to drive on the wrong side of the road, they cannot say it is my free will to drive on the wrong side of the road. When you are living in society, you have to follow certain norms. Similarly, even when you want to help someone, you have to follow certain norms. Don’t force, at the same time, don’t wait that someone will invite you to put out the fire in their home. If your neighbor’s house is on fire, you can’t expect a phone call or an invitation to go and put out the fire. You rush to put the fire off. You volunteer, right? Understand! So take the middle path.

Q: I am sincerely doing all these practices, but I am not sure that I have changed. I still see myself getting upset and that makes me unhappy.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Listen, how are you now? Are you happy now? Forget about the past. Are you happy to be here? Are you enjoying? That is it.
Inside each of us there are two things. There is one thing that does not change. There is a constant flow of a consciousness that doesn’t change. Many other things around that keep changing. So, when you look back in your life, you are not the same person that you were. But at the same time, when you see, you are the same person. Both are there simultaneously.
When do you feel that you have not changed? When you get upset.
Suppose somebody pushes a button, and you get angry, you say, ‘Oh, I have not changed, I still get angry.’ That is the problem, right? That is not true. In the past, you got angry, but the anger stayed in your mind for months and months. You get angry even now, but it just stays for a few minutes, or till you do one short Kriya, and then you become fresh again.

知識讓每一個噩夢轉變成美夢
索非亞,保加利亞。2012年5月17號

問:是我們創造了我們的實相,還是一切都已經是預先設定的?
古儒吉:你的家裡有狗嗎?【答:有】你看,當你帶你的狗去公園散步的時候,你會為它繫上狗帶。這是法律規定的。現在那隻狗的自由就只是狗帶的長度而已。對嗎?它可以靠近那個狗帶,或是最遠的話也是狗帶的長度。就是那麼多的自由而已。如果你把一隻狗訓練到它只是會在一個地區走動,那麼那裡就是它的自由。它不會去到20公里遠的地方。同樣的,每一個人的生命裡都有些自由,而有一些卻是已經設定好的了。人類有這樣的自由因為他們有智能。動物的自由卻是設定好的。它們不會吃過多。他們的生命是和大自然一致的。但是我們有選擇要和大自然一致或是背道而馳的自由。你們明白我所說的嗎?當你和大自然一致的時候,就會覺得和諧,而你背道而馳的時候,就會失調。所以生命裡很多的事情是已經設定好的,很少是自由選擇的。
我再給你們一個例子。在下雨的時候,
你要被淋濕或是不要被淋濕都是你的自由選擇。你可以拿把雨傘或是穿上雨衣都可以。所以生命是自由選擇和命運的組合。你更深層的去靜心,你就會更快樂,你和大自然更一致的話,你就會有更多的自由選擇。


問:當生命結束後,世界卻不會結束。但是當世界結束後,生命就一定會結束。這個世界會結束嗎?
古儒吉:如果你看到一粒網球,然後問我網球從哪一點開始,到哪一點結束?我能怎麼說呢?世界上有三樣事情是沒有開始也沒有結束的。
1.神性的光,或是意識是沒有開始也沒有結束的。
2.生命沒有開始也沒有結束。它是永恆的。
3.這個地球,我們的世界是沒有開始也沒有結束的。
地球是圓的。它會改變它的模式,但是它還是會繼續。不要擔心,這個世界不會結束的,尤其是2012,這個世界只會在美國電影裡結束。


問:我夢見我來到這個課程,我也夢見您。夢和直覺類似嗎?
古儒吉:夢分為六種。你們想知道嗎?第一種夢是白日夢。我們暫時不談它。第二種夢是依據你過去的經驗產生的。你過去的經驗和印象出現在你的夢裡。第三種夢是慾望和恐懼;它們也會變成你的夢。第四種夢是你的直覺或是預兆。一些將要發生的事情會變成你的夢。第五種夢和你沒有關係,你會在睡覺的時候看見一些陌生的臉孔和陌生的語言。第六種夢是以上的結合。而99%的夢都是這一種。所以不需要特意的去註釋或是對它們感到過度的擔憂。你不會知道哪一些夢是直覺或預兆,又哪一些是恐懼和焦慮。你最好是把它放下,去喝杯茶,去感覺快樂。從夢中醒過來。
智者更把人生看成一場夢。你應該把過去的都當成是一場夢。它們全會消失的,對嗎?就如夢一樣。夢就只是記憶裡的印象而已,而不是什麼其它的。而這個【當下】也會成為一場夢。它們都會消失。而明天,後天,三天過後,當你們各自回到家後,你們會說『噢,我們曾經到過保加利亞。這一切就像是場夢。』同樣的,如果你想過這個問題,我們日復一日的活著,在這個星球上過了50年,然後你醒過來說『這一切就像場夢,一切都消失了。』就是這樣!而知識卻能把每一噩夢轉變成美夢。

問:靈魂會在同一個家庭裡誕生嗎?
古儒吉:如果那個人對他們的子孫眷戀很深,這是有可能的。如果他們的念頭裡就只有『我的孫子,我的孫子』,那麼他們就會在那裡誕生。我們最深刻的印象會影響下一個誕生。

問:只有個人會有業力嗎?或是也有民族的業力?
古儒吉:業力有很多的層次。有個人的業力,家庭的業力,社區的業力,民族的業力,也有時間的業力。業力有很多的層次。但是這些都可以改變的。當你坐下來靜心的時候,很多的變化會發生。不要以為你靜心是為了你自己而已。當你做淨化呼吸或是靜心,你不只讓自己的業力轉變成正面,你也會影響其他的星球和那些更微妙的星球。當你在靜心的時候,它對那些已經離開世間的人也會產生一股舒緩和鎮靜的影響。


問:我們要如何找出人生的使命?
古儒吉:要找到你的使命,你的心智必須要清澈。做空空洞洞的靜心會讓你的心智清晰。而直覺就會出現。去想想我要怎樣做才能對人類最有貢獻,而當你對身邊的人有所貢獻,當你的生命是為了做服務的時候,你就會發現你的生命是很有意義的,也是圓滿的。如果你的人生就只是圍繞著你自己而已『我怎麼樣,我會得到什麼?我會得到多少喜悅?』如果你只是專注在這些,你會變得沮喪。
你的實力和才能是為了對別人有所用途。如果自然界給了你美妙的聲音,這是給你的還是給別人的?你會自己唱歌給自己聽嗎?如果自然界給了你好聲音,那是讓別人享受的。如果自然界給了你很好的外貌,那是給你還是給別人的?那是給別人好讓他們享受欣賞的。所以你所擁有的任何能力不是給你自己而是給別人的。任何的權利或能力你都可以用在兩個方面。你可以用你的權利去和別人抗爭,或是用你的權利去服務別人。很多個世紀以來,人們爭取權利就是為了要對抗別人,而你通常和誰對抗?和那些和你平等的人對抗。一個人是不會和權利少過他的人對抗。一個人只會和自己能力相等的人對抗。而沒有人會從抗爭裡得到快樂。如果你用你的權利去做好事,去服務,它會帶你你滿足和快樂。所以你所擁有的一切——權利,美貌,金錢,外貌,聲音——這些都是為了去服務別人的。你就會發現生命是圓滿的。

問:我們需要去幫助拒絕被幫助的人嗎?他們的自由意志也是神聖的,我們還需要幫助他們嗎?
古儒吉:我要問你一個問題。如果有個小孩子在欄杆上亂跑,那是很危險的,也會跌倒,你會怎麼做?讓他自由的跑嗎?不,你會教導他,帶他回正道,對嗎?同樣的,如果有人吸毒,而你知道這對他們有害,難道你不去幫助他們嗎?所以你必須要盡你所能,用我們的技巧去幫助他們遠離麻煩。如果一個患有精神病的病患不肯吃藥,他的家人會怎麼做?隨他去嗎?他可能會變得很暴力也會傷害別人。有智慧的家庭成員會把藥摻雜在飲料或牛奶裡,讓他喝下並舒緩他的情況。所以這裡是沒有什麼是『絕對』的。你應該隨著環境運用你的智慧。如果你要幫助別人,你不能用強迫性的方式。如果一個人強行要在反方向行駛,你不能說我要反方向行駛是我的自由。當你活在社會裡,你需要服從一些準則。相同的,如果你要幫助別人,你也是需要依據一些準則。不要用強迫的方式,同一時間也不要去等待別人邀請你過去他們家幫忙滅火你才過去幫忙。如果你的鄰居的房子著火了,你不可能等到別人打電話來或是等他們的邀請才過去幫忙救火。你會衝過去幫他們滅火。你自願過去的,對嗎?明白了嗎?所以走中庸之道。

問:我是很真誠的做這些練習,但是我不確定我是否有改變。我還是會覺得沮喪和不開心。
古儒吉:聽好,你現在覺得怎麼樣?你現在快樂嗎?把過去忘掉。你在這裡快樂嗎?你享受著嗎?就是這樣而已。我們每一個人的內在有兩個東西。有一樣是不變的。那是意識不變的流動。而周圍的很多事情都在改變。所以看回過往的人生,你會發現你不再過去的那個你。但是同一時間,你會看到你還是同樣的你。兩者出現在同一時間。什麼時候你會覺得自己並沒有改變?當你傷心的時候。如果有人讓你生氣,你會說『噢,我一點都沒有改變,我還是生氣了。』就是這個問題對嗎? 這是不對的。過去你生氣了,但是那個憤怒可能在你的心智停留很久。雖然現在你還是會生氣,但是它就只是停留幾分鐘而已,或者是直到你做在家淨化呼吸法,然後你就會覺得好多了。

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