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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!

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