什么是真正的祈祷?
发布日期:2018-06-06 09:46

 

Sadhguru: For most people, if you look at what their prayer is, it is: “God give me this, give me that, God save me.” What you are seeking in prayer is not God. You are seeking security and happiness. Ultimately, what you want with prayer is wellbeing, but you are not willing to admit it. The first step is to be straight with yourself. Then we can see how to cross the threshold of limitations to true wellbeing.

萨古鲁:对于大多数人来说,如果你看看他们的祈祷是什么,总是“上帝给我这个,给我那个,上帝拯救我。” 在祈祷中,你所寻求的不是上帝。你在寻求的,是安全感和快乐。最终,你是想通过祈祷来获得幸福。但是你不愿意承认这一点。第一步是要对你自己坦诚。然后我们再看看如何突破限制而实现真正的幸福。

 

It is time we realized that looking to God will not help until we look at our own foolishness. If you sincerely look at your deepest motivation for religion, you will see you have never aspired for the Divine. Your aspiration was never for the ultimate. Your aspiration is for comfort, wealth, power and pleasure. But you think God is a tool to achieve all those things. When you seek protection or material things, greed and fear have become the basis of your prayer. This will not work.

我们是时候该意识到,除非我们看到自身的愚昧,否则寻求上帝是无济于事的。如果你真诚地审视你对于宗教最深层的动机,你会发现你从来没有渴望过神性。你的渴望从来不是为了那终极的东西。你渴望舒适、财富、权力、愉悦感。但是你认为上帝是一个实现所有这一切的工具。当你寻求保护或物质财富,贪婪和恐惧就成了你祈祷的根源。这是行不通的。

 

Ordinarily, we think prayer is a means to reach God, but what do we really know about God? If we are truthful, we must admit we have no direct experience of God; we are coming from a particular belief system. Using prayer to reach a God we have no direct experience of, can be illusionary. Thoughts and prayer can open a person, but at the same time they can create hallucinations. Once hallucinations start growing, they take on such a big dimension because the illusory is always more powerful than reality. An illusion has the freedom of becoming anything it wants. The cinema is more powerful than real life. You can just exaggerate it the way you want it. When the illusory process gets exaggerated, it becomes more powerful than life. So, prayer can not only be misused, but can also be deceptive.

一般来讲,我们认为祈祷是一个触及上帝的途径,但是关于上帝,我们又真正知道多少?如果我们够坦诚,我们必须承认,关于上帝我们没有直接的体验,我们的经验只是来自某个特定的信仰系统。利用祈祷来触及一个我们没有直接体验过的上帝,那是幻觉。思想和祈祷可以打开一个人,但同时它们也能制造幻觉。一旦幻觉开始滋生,他们会变得如此巨大,因为幻想总是比现实更强大。幻想不受任何制约。电影比现实生活更强大,你尽可以按你想要的样子去夸大它。当幻想变得夸张,它就比现实生活更强大。所以,祈祷不仅会被误用,也会带来欺骗。

 

People need to understand that it is not the prayer which makes the difference, it is being prayerful as a quality and not as an act which makes the difference. Becoming prayerful means that your whole being has become an offering. It is a process of offering yourself. Being prayerful is a deep connection with the Divine inherent in everything and everywhere. It is a quality, a state of being. As we become prayerful, it is extremely beautiful. But that state is reached only when we connect to our inner nature. Then, the experience is absolutely joyous.

人们需要明白的是,祈祷本身并不重要,重要的是虔诚这个品质,而不是祈祷这个行为。变得虔诚意味着你的整个存在都变成了一种供奉。这是一个奉献自己的过程。虔诚意味着与神性的深深连接,而这种神性是万事万物与生俱来的,无处不在的。它是一种品质,一种存在的状态。当我们变得虔诚时,是极为美丽的。但那种状态只有当我们连接到自身内在本质时才能达到。那时,那种体验是全然喜悦的。

 

When we are really joyous, we are wide open and can receive. Prayer no longer becomes a monologue, but a beautiful phenomenon and a celebration which brings great joy. Then, we pray not out of fear or greed, but because prayer itself is the reward. Patanjali, considered the father of modern yoga, goes as far as to say that when one knows how to be truly prayerful, prayer is not a means to reach God, but God is only a means so that we can pray.

当我们真正喜悦时,我们是全然敞开的,是能够接收的。祈祷不再是一场独角戏,而是一个能带给你极大喜悦的美好奇迹,一场庆典。那时,我们不是出于恐惧或贪婪而祈祷,我们祈祷是因为祈祷本身就是奖赏。被誉为现代瑜伽之父的 Patanjali(帕坦伽利)曾说过:当一个人知道如何变得真正虔诚时,祈祷将不再是一个用来触及神的工具,相反,神只是我们用来祈祷的一个途径。

 

Love&Grace,

Sadhguru

爱与恩典

萨古鲁

 

 

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