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Monday, July 29, 2013

Storms of Emotions 情緒的風暴

Gurudev, when the mind gets stuck in a situation, it does not get out quickly. What does one do for that? Sri Sri: It is okay, the mind is like that only. This is where knowledge is important. Knowledge is like holding on to a life jacket in a storm.
That is why it is called
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storms of emotions. The ancient people have compared emotions to an ocean; it like an ocean and you need to learn to swim across this ocean. Knowledge is the life jacket. So when you get tired of swimming, just put on the life jacket and you will make it to the shore.
Just imagine, if this knowledge is not with you and you are stuck in a problem, then what condition will you be in? What would you do?
If you had never done any meditation or pranayama, never listened to any knowledge, and you get into a situation where your mind is entangled with some girl or boy, then what would have been going on in your mind? You would have become mad, isn’t it? Be thankful that you at least have this knowledge. Knowledge is what will help you cross over safely.
For example, if somebody insults you, then the knowledge point kicks in, ‘Don’t be a football of others’ opinion’. This comes automatically. From somewhere or the other, a ray of knowledge arises within you to save you, to raise you above the event. Does it happen or not? (Many in the audience speak out in agreement.)
See how it happens for so many people.

(Devotee: Gurudev, just give blessings)
Yes, when have I not given blessings? I always give blessings, but you need to come with a bigger vessel. You come with a small cup and say, ‘Please give me two liters’. You have to make your vessels bigger so that I can give you four liters instead of two liters. You bring such a small vessel that can hold only ten

milliliters, keep aside two liters.
Grace and blessing have their own place, without them nothing works. You will keep getting it. Along with it, we will also have to make our own efforts. We have to increase our capacity to receive.



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sri Sri's Message on Guru Poornima 古儒吉敬師節的訊息

Sri Sri's Message on Guru Poornima

July 22, 2013

Montreal, Canada

(People from around the world joined the Guru Poornima celebrations with Sri Sri at The Art of Living Ashram in Montreal, Canada, on July 22. What started with a short pooja, offering gratitude to the lineage of Masters, continued with some reminisces of senior Art of Living teachers.
Perhaps the most awaited moment was when Sri Sri shared the message of the day.
This tradition has been going on for over 3 decades. His words were heard by people who joined in through the live webcast. We present the transcript from Sri Sri's talk.
Aum Namah Pranavarthaya Shuddha Gnana Eka Amurtaye Nirmalaya Prashantaya Sri Dakshinamurtaye Namah.
(Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy, who is ever pure and calm, the embodiment of pure knowledge, and who is but the indicative meaning of the Aum, the Supreme.)
Once upon a time a Guru was sitting in the congregation and many people came and took his blessings. He was silent most of the time but when people came and asked him something, he said, ‘Oh, you’re very lucky!’
So a student came to Gurudev and said, ‘I failed in my exam’.
Gurudev said, ‘You’re very lucky!’
The next person said, ‘Gurudev, I lost my job’, and the Guru said, ‘You’re very lucky!’
The third person came and said, ‘None of my friends are talking to me, everybody has become my enemy’, and Gurudev said, ‘You’re very lucky!’
Another gentleman came and said, 'My wife left me', and the Guru said, ‘You’re very lucky!’ So, everyone kept saying their problems and each time Gurudev said, ‘You’re very lucky!’
And strangely, something would suddenly happen to them and they would all feel happy and walk away.
Then one gentleman came and said, ‘Gurudev I am so lucky, I have you in my life. I am so grateful’, and Gurudev got annoyed and gave him one slap!
This man with all tears in his eyes and gratitude started dancing.
There was an onlooker who was sitting there and he got so confused! He said, ‘I can’t believe what I am seeing. Someone who says I am so grateful gets a slap, and all those who cry to him, he tells them that they are very lucky!’ He couldn’t understand.
Usually they don’t have the guts to ask the Guru so they ask the other devotees there, ‘Tell me what is happening. You have been here for so long. I can’t make out this Guru’s behavior. It’s completely illogical.’
As usual devotees have their own interpretation. So, one of the most senior most devotee said, ‘Yes, it is perfect what he has said'.
I remember a very senior gentlemen narrated an incident to me at the Bangalore Ashram. He said that in 1942 there was only one surgeon in Bangalore and this surgeon had failed his MBBS seven times!
In those days, whenever people had appendicitis operation, the doctors would cut a particular vein because of which some of the patient would die. They did not know which vein they were cutting. So this gentleman (who failed seven times) discovered that and became very well known and very respected. Later on he also got an international honor. But he had failed seven times in MBBS!
So if someone has failed in an exam, they study more.
If you just study once, by hook or by crook you pass the exam and that’s it, you forget it! But if you have failed, you become proficient in that. If you failed in mathematics then you really memorize the whole thing.
So every time someone fails an exam it is good because then he becomes a better doctor, or a better engineer! (laughs) It means he has to put in more effort to study the same topics.
So the senior devotee said, 'Gurudev said to the student that he is very lucky because he is now studying more'.
For the gentleman who said, ‘I lost my job’, the senior devotee said, 'Yes Gurudev said the right thing. When you are in a job you don’t think about yourself. Now that you have lost your job you have the time to sit back and think who you are and what you want. You have some time to think about your life! People who have a job they always complain that they don’t have time. Now, you have time!'
In life to get time itself is a big luck. Getting time to reflect on oneself, on the divine, on the truth, on ‘Who I am’ itself is a big luck.
The other gentleman whose wife ran away, he said, ‘You’re very lucky!’ So far he was living so insensitively. He did not bother to see what his wife needs.
When someone goes away, then you realize their value. Then you think about your mistakes. You become aware of the things you could have done better.
So he is very lucky to become sensitive to women’s issues.
Why would a woman run away if you were attending to her welfare, to her emotional, mental and physical needs? There is something that you have done wrong. She made you aware that you have to be sensitive towards women. He understood this and so he was also happy.
So like this, in every step of life, when you lose something you become so miserable, but every misery wakes you up.
There are three levels of human consciousness.
The first is being inert. In Hindi we say ghora jarata; being insensitive. There is so much inertia in you that you don’t feel anything. From inertia when you start realizing that life is miserable, then viveka (discrimination) and vairagya (dispassion) dawns in you. When dispassion dawns in your life, you are the luckiest!
So if all your friends have left you, they’ve given you time to reflect on yourself; on who you are, what you are, what is the truth? So you’re very lucky!
The first step is to realize that everything is misery. Life is miserable. Life has sorrow. That’s when people become religious. This is a step.
The next step is to see life is all blissful! First you realize that it is all misery. Then, from it is all misery you move to the next step which is, ‘Where is the misery? Come on wake up!’ This is where the Guru comes into play. The Guru’s presence, or when the Guru Tattva dawns, the misery vanishes and becomes bliss. Total bliss! Life is bliss!
Life is a game, it is a leela (game)! This understanding comes.
Now why did the last person who said, ‘I am so grateful!’ get a slap?
The senior devotee said, 'Gurudev slapped him because he was centered in the I; ‘I am grateful’. When he gave him a slap he realized, live as though you don’t exist.'
Usually people exist and don’t live. To exist without life is ignorance. Living as though you don’t exist is enlightenment. That one slap woke him up.
The ‘I’, ‘I am miserable', 'I am happy’. Where is me? I am not there. Live as though you’re not there.
This was the message the last gentleman got and when he got that slap he was so happy!
What is there to be grateful about? Even to be grateful there needs to be two, and the Master said, ‘Hey, come on, wake up. You and me, two? There’s only one! There’s no you and there’s no I’.
There is only one brahman (divinity) that exists and this is all a drama, a leela (game). Enjoy! When you realize this, misery vanishes from life. Every challenge is an opportunity and every opportunity is a step towards the divinity. That’s the moral of the story.
One more story!
You have seen that all the fingers are different. No two fingers are the same.
So once, all the fingers got into an argument of who was the greatest of them all.
The thumb said, 'See, I am the greatest. I am the stoutest and whenever people win they only show me as a sign of victory. If they want to say, ‘Go ahead’, then also they show me as a signal, They do this because I am the greatest! I am the thickest. I am the real stuff! Even if someone is uneducated they use me and give their thumb impression'.So the thumb said that he is the greatest!
The index finger“” said, ‘Come on! When people have to indicate, they indicate using me.’ Anyone who has wisdom, they show the path. So I am the one who gives direction to life. I am the greatest!
Then the middle finger said, ‘I think you all must be blind! Just hold anybody’s hand and see who stands tall? I am the tallest! Why do you unnecessarily argue? This is like arguing whether there is sun at noon’.
Then the ring finger said, ‘I can only laugh at all of you. Where do people put their jewels? Nobody gives jewels to the thumb. The rings are always adorned by the ring finger. I am the highest. World over people have recognized this and I am the greatest'.
The little finger simply kept laughing! All the other four fingers asked, ‘Hey, why are you laughing?’
It said, ‘When a dignitary comes, who is kept in front? (When the hands are folded together in Namaste or prayer, the little fingers are in front). When someone goes to a temple to pray, who is kept in front of God? The highest goes in front of God first! So I am the closest to God. Whoever is the closest to God, is the greatest! So, I am the greatest!'
So all fingers had their own way to say that they are the greatest.
So, recognize the greatness in you and recognize the greatness in others. Then there is no you and there is no others, and that is Namaste! That is fullness.
Buddha took you from inertia to realizing that there is misery, and from misery to the place of 'All is bliss', is the Vedanta (Philosophical traditions concerned with self-realization by which one understands the ultimate nature of reality (Brahman)). I am nothing (shunyata) and I am everything (purnata); meditation and celebration, they all go together! And today is the celebration of both meditation and celebration (fullness)!

(來自世界各地的人們於7月22日和古儒吉聚在加拿大蒙特利爾靜心所慶祝敬師節。慶典由簡短的普迦祈禱開始,以感恩系譜裡的大師們,接著由一些生活 的藝術資深老師的分享。當天最被期待的是古儒吉大師的開示。這樣的儀式已進行了三十年。那些參與連線的人也聽了大師的開示。以下是古儒吉大師的談話記 錄。)

Aum Namah Pranavarthaya Shuddha Gnana Eka Amurtaye Nirmalaya Prashantaya Sri Dakshinamurtaye Namah.

(向Sri Dakshinamurthy 那位純淨和平靜,那純淨的知識,和那位指出唵,那無極的意思的那位敬禮。)

從前有個大師來到一個聚會,很多人都前來且接受他的祝福。很多時候他都保持寂靜,但是當有人來問他一些事情的時候,他就說“噢,你非常的幸運!”有 個學生來到大師面前說“我考試不及格”。大師說“你非常幸運!”第二個人說“大師,我失去了工作”,大師說“你非常幸運!”第三個人來到說“我的朋友都不 和我說話,所有人都成了我的敵人”,而大師說“你非常幸運!”還有一個男士來到說“我的太太離我而去了”,而大師還是說“你非常幸運!”所以,大家不停的 說 出他們的問題而每一次大師都說“你非常幸運!”奇怪的是,就是有事情突然發生在他們身上而他們就覺得快樂並離開了。

有位男士來到說“大師,我很幸運,我的生命當中有您。我很感激”,而大師惹惱的給了他一巴掌!這個人的淚水就開始流下並開始感恩的跳起舞來。有個坐 在那裡的旁觀者覺得非常的混淆!他說“我不敢相信我所看到的。說感恩的人被打了一巴掌;而那些向他哭訴的人,他卻對他們說他們非常幸運!”他不能理解這件 事。通常他們都沒有勇氣要去問上師所以他就問在那裡的其他虔信者“告訴我這到底是怎麼一回事。你們在這裡很久了。我無法理解這位大師的行為。這完全不符合 邏輯。”通常虔信者都有他們自己的詮釋。所以最資深的虔信者說“是的,他說的是完美的。”

我記得在班克羅靜心所有個年長者對我講述了一個事件。他說那是1942年而當時在班克羅只有一位外科醫生而這個醫生在七個醫學士考試(MBBS )當中都失敗另外!在那個年代,當人們有盲腸炎的時候,醫生們會切除某個靜脈而這導致一些病人死亡。他們並不知道他們要切除的是哪一條靜脈。而這位(失敗 了七次的)男士發現了這一點而他變得非常出名並非常倍受敬重。最後他也得到國際榮譽。但是他在醫學士考試卻失敗了七次!所以當人們在考試當中失敗,他們會 學到更多。

如果你只學過一次,而用盡一切手段通過了考試,那就這樣而已,你就把它忘掉了!但是如果你不及格,你就會精通它。如果你數學不及格,那麼你就會真正的記得 全部。所以每次當有人考試不及格的時候,這也是件好事,因為他會成為一個更好的醫生,或更好的工程師!(笑)意思是他需要在同樣的課題裡更加努力。

所以那資深虔信者說“大師說那位學生很幸運因為他現在學習得更多”。而那位說“我失去了工作”的男士,資深虔信者說“對,大師說得對。當你有份工作 的時候,你不會想到你自己。現在你失去了工作,那麼你就會有時間坐下來想想你是誰,而你想要的是什麼。你才會有些時間想想你的生命!那些有工作的人通常會 埋怨他們沒有時間。現在,你有時間了!”在生命裡有時間是個非常幸運的事。有時間反思自己,神性,真理,“我是誰”,這本身是幸運的。另外一個太太離開了他的男士,大師說“你非常幸運!”一直以來他都非常的不敏感。他也沒去理會他太太需要的是什麼。當人們離開了,你才會發現他們的價值。你才會想到你的錯誤。你就會發現在一切事物上你原本可以做的更好。所以他很幸運他可以在對待女人的問題上變得更敏感。如果你把一個女人的福祉,情緒,心裡和生理需要都照顧得很好,那麼她還會離開嗎?有些事情是你做錯了。她讓你知道你必須對女士敏感一些。他明白了這一點所以他很開心。

人的意識有三個層面。第一個是惰性。在印地語我們說ghora jarata;不敏感。你有很多的惰性讓你感覺不到任何事情。從惰性,你開始了解到生命是痛苦的;區別(viveka )和不動心(vairagya )就會升起。當不動心在生命中升起,你就是最幸運的了!所以如果你的朋友都離你而去,他們給了你時間反思你自己;你是誰,什麼是真理?所以你非常幸運!
第一步是看清一切都是痛苦。人生是痛苦。人生是悲哀。這就是當人們進入宗教的時候。這是一個步驟。第二步是去看到生命是福佑!首先你了解這一切是痛苦。然後從痛苦你進入第二步驟也就是“痛苦在哪裡?醒過來吧!”這也是上師來到這個遊戲的時候。上師的存在,而當上師原則(Guru Tattva)升起,痛苦就會消失進而成為福佑。全然的福佑!生命是個福佑!生命是的遊戲,它是leela (遊戲)!這樣的理解會來到。


那裡有什麼好被感激的?就算是要感激也得要有兩個,大師說“嘿,來吧,醒過來。你和我,兩個?這裡只有一!這裡沒有你也沒有我”這裡就只有一個神性(brahman )的存在而這一切都是一齣戲,一個遊戲(leela )。享受吧!當你理解了這一點,痛苦就從生命裡消失。每個挑戰都是一個機會,而每一個機會都是邁向神性的一個腳步。這就是這個故事的寓意。

你所看到的所有的手指都是不一樣的。沒有兩根手指是一樣的。所以有一次,所有的手指在爭執著誰才是他們當中最偉大的。拇指說“看,我是最偉大的。我 是最粗壯的,而當人們贏的時候他們都會顯出我以示勝利。如果他們要說‘開始吧’他們也是把我當成訊號,他們這麼做是因為我是最偉大的!我是最為豐厚的。我 是真材實料! 即使那些沒有受教育的人也用我來印章”。所以大拇指說他是最偉大的!而食指說“拜託!當人們要指示的時候他們用的是我。”任何有智慧的人,他們會指出那個 道路。所以我是那個在生命裡給方向的。我是最偉大的!然後中指說“我想你們都瞎了!就隨便拿起任何人的手來看看誰是最高的?我是最高的!你們為何要做無謂 的爭執?這就像是在爭吵中午是否有太陽。”然後無名指說“我只能對你們一笑置之。人們把它們的珠寶戴在哪裡?沒有人給拇指戴珠寶。戒指都是裝飾在無名指 上。我是最高的。世界上的人們都認知到這點而我才是最偉大的。”尾指只是哈哈大笑!其他的四根手指說“嘿你在笑什麼?”尾指說“當權貴人物來到時誰被排在 前面?(當雙手合十或祈禱的時候,尾指在前面)。當某人去寺廟祈禱,誰被擺在神的面前?最偉大的那位首先被擺在神的面前!所以我是最接近神的。最接近神的 那位,就是最偉大的那位!所以我是最偉大的!”

所以所有的手指都以他們自己的一套說明自己是最偉大的。所以,認清在你之內的偉大之處和別人的偉大。而這裡沒有你也沒有別人,而這就是合一( Namaste)!這是圓滿。佛陀帶領你們從惰性了解了到一切都是痛苦,而從痛苦去到那個‘一切都是福佑’的地方,這是吠檀多(Vedanta 關於了解終極實相的自我意識的傳統哲學)。我什麼也不是(shunyata)和我是一切(purnata);靜心和慶祝,他們是並行的!而今天是慶祝靜心和圓滿(慶祝)的一天!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Are You Over Analysing? 你過度分析了嗎?

Are You Over Analysing?  

March 13, 2013

Bangalore, India

Many times we analyse ourselves too much. We keep thinking, this is happening to me, that is not happening; . or I want this, and I want that; or what I did there was so wrong, what I did here was right, etc. We get so entangled into too many thoughts about ourselves; this we should not do.
See, when the wind blows, what happens? Everything gets carried away with it, isn’t it? Everything flies away with the breeze.

So whatever happened in the past, whether good happened or bad happened, whether right happened or wrong happened, whether pleasant or unpleasant events happened, it all happened and it is all gone now. Just like how the air comes and blows everything away, in the same way, all of life’s events come and go. But what is important is that you should not get stuck anywhere, move ahead. Just become hollow and empty, and then you will be joyful.

Tell me, is there anyone who has not had any problems? Problems come in everyone’s life. Is there anyone who has not experienced happiness? Everyone, sometime or the other has experienced happiness.
Is there anyone who has not received praise? Everyone has been praised sometime or the other. Even a dog gets praised! People say, ‘What a nice dog’.
Is there anyone who has not been criticized? Everyone has been criticized at some point or the other. Isn’t it so? Everyone gets criticized.

So if anyone praises you or criticizes you, knows that it is like the air which comes and goes. They are just some passing thoughts that came and went. Thoughts arise in peoples’ minds about you and they go. Some are good thoughts and some are bad thoughts. Now when people themselves are not going to be here forever, what permanence can you attach to their thoughts? What are you going to do with their opinions, when they themselves are not going to be there forever?
So why do you worry about some thoughts from here and there? You should just keep moving on in life. Whatever happens, just keep moving ahead, like air. The air never stops at one place, it keeps moving; water keeps flowing.

Just like how nature follows certain laws, thoughts also follow a particular pattern; they come and they go. Sometimes they bring praise and sometimes criticism. So praise and criticism are part of life. You just move ahead. Don’t get caught up in it.
Many times people analyse themselves too much.
They keeping thinking so many things, I am fine, I am not fine, I am right, I am wrong, I have these qualities, I do not have these qualities. And by doing this, they get caught up in too much negative analysis about themselves.

On the other hand, there are some people who don’t think about themselves at all. They drink alcohol, and only look for pleasure. They do not even for one moment look back and reflect on themselves.
This is why, in the beginning, a seeker is told to first stop and reflect on what is it that he wants?
In The Art of Living Basic Course, this is the first question that we ask, ‘What do you want’? What are your problems?’
Introspection is the first step to move inward.
We tell the participants, ‘Ask yourself, what it is that you want from life. Think about yourself, what do you want?’
This is the first step for a seeker. But if you keep asking yourself, ‘What do I want’, for the rest of your life, then your mind will rot and you will become depressed.
Every day if a person sits and thinks only about himself, then he will rot.
If you see the faces of such people, they look so pale and full of worries. Worry drips from the face of a person who only thinks about himself. Looking at such people would make you want to run away! And people do run away from then. Then this person thinks to himself, ‘Oh, what have I done wrong. Why do people run away from me?’

People run away from such individuals because their vibrations are so negative, as if they stink. If someone is stinking will people wait around him or her? No, they will simply run away! If you think so much about yourself only, who will be drawn towards you?
On one side is an ignorant person who does not think about himself at all. And on the other side is a person who only thinks about himself. Both are not good.
On one side you have a person who is not ripe; too raw, and on the other side is a person whose mind has rotted by only thinking about himself. Both are not good.
You should adopt the middle path. Analyse yourself a little, reflect on it and then leave it and move ahead. Do not get stuck. 

So that you can move ahead, I am telling you that whatever has happened, just drop it and move ahead. Do not sit and regret about what has happened – neither about what you have done, nor about what others did. If you keep thinking about what you did, then you feel regret, and if you think about what others did wrong, then you get angry and worried.
Anyways you have no control over anyone. Nobody has ever had control over anyone else in this world. If you think you are controlling someone or are under the control or influence of someone, then that is a very wrong thought. 

Everything in this world operates as per certain laws of Nature. So whatever has happened in the past, just shrug it off and move ahead. When you dust away all the dirt (of the past) that has accumulated inside you, then you will simply start shining. You become much stronger, your consciousness blossoms, and happiness starts to flow. Then you can say that you are alive. This is what life really is.

Now you might ask, ‘Can I remain happy the entire 24 hours of the day?’
If not for 24 hours, at least you can be happy for one or two hours! You may not be able to be a fish always floating in water (happiness), but at least you can take a shower for a little while. This is the very purpose of knowledge.

In the Bhagavad Gita it is said, ‘Na hi jnanena sadrusham pavitram iha vidyate. Tat svayam yoga-samsiddhah kalenatmani vindati’. (4.38)
It means: There is no greater purifier than Knowledge.
Everything is temporary. Everything is nothing. All of this is nothing. Just see all people that you see walking around, they are just ragdolls made up of the five elements. They are acting the way they do because of their karmas (actions) and samskaras (impressions). Some are rising in life because of the influence of their stars while some are having downfalls because of the influence of some other stars (referring to astrology).
All of them are moving about here and there doing this and doing that, but one day everything will end. So you just let them do what they are doing. How does it matter to you? You should continue to live happily.
We need to remind ourselves about this again and again. As you move about in society, no matter how many times this dust accumulates on you, simply brush it off and move ahead. Whatever is yours will come to you for sure!

Now knowing this does not mean that you do not put any effort and just sit and do nothing at home. You sit at home and say, ‘Oh Gurudev, please get me married. Please find me a suitable bride or groom for me’, no! You also must make an effort.
If you sit with a sad face, who will marry you! At least smile and be cheerful. That is why I opened a Matrimony department here (laughter). Its progress has been a bit slow though. You all come and get things moving there.

Go and sit in the matrimony office and ask the staff there to find someone for you quickly. Do not be too choosy. Whoever you get just choose them that is it! Everything will be fine afterwards.
Anyway all of this is only going to last for a few days, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant. Very soon life will be over. One day we all have to bid farewell to this world. No one is going to last forever. What is the use if you are going to take 60 years to choose your spouse?
A gentleman who was 60 years old came to me said, ‘Gururdev, please find someone for me. Is my soul mate out there somewhere?’

I told him, ‘If you have not found your soul mate after so many years of searching, you will have to wait a little bit longer. Not very long, just another 20 years more. That level of perfection is still not visible in you, and it should be recognized by your soul mate also’ (Laughter). We want to see everything perfect in others but we forget to look at ourselves. We do not reflect on ourselves. Reflect on yourself but then don’t get too entangled into the analysis. Do not overdo it. You have some good qualities and some not so good qualities, it is okay. Just keep moving ahead. Some things are fine, some are not, and it does not matter. You should simply keep moving forward.



看, 當風吹起的時候,有什麼事情會發生?所有東西都跟著一起被吹走了對嗎?一切都隨著微風飛走了。所以任何過去所發生的,不論是好的或是壞的,不論是對的或錯 的,不論是愉快的或是不愉快的,它們都已經發生也已經過去了。就像一陣風來到並把一切吹走,同樣的,生命裡一切事物來來去去。但是最重要的是你不要在任何 地方被卡著,繼續前進。就只是成為空空洞洞,那麼你就會喜悅。 告訴我,這裡有誰是沒有困難的嗎?困難來到每個人的生命裡。有沒有人是沒有經歷過快樂的?每一個人,在某些或其它時候都經歷了快樂。有沒有人沒有被 人讚賞過的?每個人都在某些或其它時候被人讚賞過。就連狗都會得到讚賞!人們說“這是只好狗”。有沒有人是不曾被批評過的?每一個人在某些或其它時候都曾 經被批評過。對不對?每個人都曾被批評。

所以如果有人讚賞你或批評你,要知道它就像是來去自如的空氣。那些都只是一些來了又離開的想法。人們對你的想法在他們的心智裡升起又離開。有些好的想法,有些壞的想法。現 在當人們本身也不會永遠在這裡,你怎能長久的附在他們的想法上呢?當他們本身都不會永遠在這裡,那你打算對他們的意見怎麼做?


一 個人如果每一天只是坐著想到自己而已,那麼他會腐壞。如果你看到這類人的臉,他們看起來是那麼蒼白且充滿憂慮。憂慮掛滿一個只是想著自己的人的臉上。看到 這麼樣的人會讓你想遠離他!也的确有人从他们身边逃走。然后這個人就會想“噢,我做錯了什麼。為什麼人們離我而去?”人們遠離這樣的人因為他們的震波是極 為負面的,就像是發出惡臭般。如果有人發出惡臭,有人會願意呆在他旁邊嗎?不,他們只會逃走!如果你過於想到自己而已,有誰會願意接近你?



在薄伽梵歌裡說道‘Na hi jnanena sadrusham pavitram iha vidyate. Tat svayam yoga-samsiddhah kalenatmani vindati’. (4.38)
意思是:沒有比知識更純淨的了。一切都是暫時性的。這一切都沒什麼。就只是去看見那些在周圍走動的人,他們只是由五元素組成的布娃娃。他們的舉動如此是因為他們的動作(karmas )和印象(samskaras )。有些在生命裡升起是因為行星的影響而有些經歷挫折是因為其他行星的影響(指占星術)。他們都在這裡那裡移動著,做著這些那些,但是有一天一切都會結 束。所以你就只是讓他們去做任何他們所在做的。它對你又有什麼影響?你應該繼續快樂的活著。我們需要一而再的提醒自己。當你在這個社會裡行動,無論這些塵 埃在你身上累積了多少遍,就只是把它掃掉再繼續前進。任何屬於你的都會來到!

現在知道了這一些並不表示你不需要在放進任何的努力然後就只是無所事事的呆在家裡。你坐在家裡說“噢古儒吉,請讓我結婚。請幫我找個適合的新郎或新 娘”, 不!你還是需要努力。如果你憂愁滿面的坐著,誰會要和你結婚!至少微笑和開朗些。這也是為什麼我開辦聯姻部門(笑)。雖然它的進度有點慢。你們全都可以去 那裡讓它可以運作。你去聯姻部門的辦公室坐一坐,請那裡的職員盡快幫你找個對象。不要太挑剔。不管你得到誰就只是選擇他們!過後一切都會很好。反正無論它 是愉快或不愉快的,這一切也只是幾年而已。很快的生命就會結束了。有一天我們都會向這世界說再見。沒有人會永遠活著。如果你用60年來找一個伴侶又有什麼用?

有個60的男士來見我說“古儒吉請為我找個伴侶。我的靈魂伴侶是不是在外面的某處?”我告訴他“如果你這麼多年來尋尋找找都還是找不到你的靈魂伴 侶,那麼你還需要再等多一陣子。不是很久,就只是多個20年而已。那個完美的層次還不夠明顯,它也應該得被你的靈魂伴侶認清才行”(笑)。我們要在別人身 上看到一切完美,但是我們忘了看看自己。我們沒有反觀自己。反思自己但是不要太過於糾纏在分析裡。不要做的太過度。你有些好的特質和一些不怎麼好的特質, 都沒有關係。就只是繼續前進。有些事情很好,有些不怎麼好,都沒有關係。你就只是繼續前進。

Guru Purnima 2013 with Sri Sri 和古儒吉的敬師節

There are three levels of human consciousness. Through Inertia we go into vairagya (dispassion) to bliss. The Guru helps you to go through this journey. When Guru Tattva dawns, misery vanishes and life becomes bliss.
Every challenge is an opportunity. Even to be grateful there need to be two. Where is the two? There is only one Brahman.  Only One.
Recognize the greatness in you and others.  When you you realize that there is no other. That is namaste
Meditation and celebration all go together. From inertia to realizing the miseryc(shoonyata) and then from there to realizing the bliss (poornata). Buddha showed the first , Vedanta the latter. Shoonyta se poornata, Meditation to Celebration – Today is the day of both
Swami Chidananda Saraswati, the spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan, who was also present during Guru Purnima Celebrations 2013 at Montreal said, “You all are very lucky. Sri Sri ji has paved the path for you all.” Swamiji added, “Har thokar pe thakur dikhe aur har leela ke baad lala. After a slap don’t’ forget you are sitting in HIS lap!”

人類的意識有三個層面。透過惰性我們進入不動心(vairagya )。上師協助你走過這段旅程。當上師原則(Guru Tattva)升起,痛苦就會消失而生命變成一個福佑。
去認清你和他人的偉大。當你認清那裡並沒有其他人。這就是合一(namaste)。靜心和慶典是並行的。從惰性去明白痛苦(shoonyata進而從那去看清福佑(poornata)。佛陀告訴了我們第一點,而吠檀多(Vedanta )告訴了我們第二點。Shoonyta se poornata,為了慶祝而靜心——今天是兩者的結合。
一同在蒙特利爾(Montreal )參與2013年的敬師節慶典的 Swami Chidananda Saraswati, Parmarth Niketan 進修學院的靈修領袖說道“你們都非常的幸運。詩麗詩麗已經為大家鋪好道路了。” Swamiji 也說 “別忘了在一巴掌之後你是坐在祂的懷抱裡!”

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IMPORTANCE OF DAILY SADHNA (Practise) 靈性修持的重要性(練習)


Once upon a time there were two friends. They lived a very miserable life full of stress and troubles. Nothing seems to be good in any sphere of their life except for the fact that they both got an invitation letter from an old friend who had a ceremony in his house. They both went together to his house well dressed but obviously with their long faces. When their friend looked at them he asked them why you look so miserable. They told their sad story to him. His fried was a wise man and said I can help you convert your life from misery to bliss. There is an enlightened master who lives in the jungle he does some magic and can convert your life into bliss. Seeing the ray of hope both of them went to meet the enlightened master. The master was sitting under a tree meditating with closed eyes and a beautiful smile of his face. When he opened his eyes he saw both of them sitting in front of him. He asked them what happened and both of them were eager to tell them their misery and convert them into happiness. Listening to their story the master closed his eyes; put his hands in his pocket. Two shining seeds were in his palms which we gave to the two friends saying “These are magical seeds they will change your life…”

Both the friends thanked the master and proceeded to their own villages. The first friend thought what is there so special in this seed. How can a seed make my life full of happiness and all sorts of questions banged his head. When he reached home he kept the seed safely in his cupboard and later forgot about it.

The second friend was excited about the gift which master had given him. He reached his village and told his wife about the story. They prayed to the seed, went to their garden and planted the seed there. Every morning they started putting water remembering the master and thanking him for the gift. Slowly the seed became a sapling and then turned into a big mango tree. The mangoes were very sweet and ample in number. The couple ate the mangoes then started selling them and became very rich and prosperous. The tree continued to give lot of mangoes in all the seasons as it was a magical tree. They started giving mangoes free of cost to all and slowly all the villagers of that village also became very happy and prosperous.

One day both of these friends got an invitation letter from their old friend for a ceremony in his house. They both dressed well but this time one of them had a smile on his face but the other one was still having a long face. When they reached their friends house he asked them how they were. The first one who had a smile on his face thanked his friend for sending him to the enlightened master who changed his life. Listening to his story he asked his second friend “I sent you too to the enlightened master why do you still have a long face?” his friend answered “instead of putting the seed in the ground and watering it daily like the other friend, I kept the seed in my cupboard and forgot about it”.

Do you know what that seed was? That seed is nothing but SUDARSHAN KRIYA. If we keep it in our cupboard and do not water it, it will not give any fruits but if we do it daily it changes our life from misery to bliss…







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Seva blessings ​义工的祝福

Seva blessings

When you do seva don't think you are doing a favor for somebody. You have done the seva and it has rewarded you immediately. Its reward is for sure and is always more than your doing. Your expectation of reward for the seva turns the seva into labor. If you think you have done a lot, you will do very little; if you see you have done a little, then you will do more. Seva is even when you don't see an immediate reward there is no complaint; labor is even after an immediate reward, there will be complaints. Be grateful for any opportunity to do the seva.



*seva = volunteer service 

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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.


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?


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Two very important things in life 生命中兩件很重要的事

Focus on the experiences you have had in life, and what you have learnt from these experiences, this is important. And at the same time, think about how you can be useful to others, and how you can help others. These are two very important things that we must look at – what can I do for others? And what do I want from my life? +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar