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Reflections about a School Reunion

By Sankirtana dasa

关于一个校友会的思考

 

On my recent visit to Switzerland I attended an event that had not taken place for twenty years. Around 800 people that at one time went to the primary school in my home village came together. Since I was there I decided to join them. Several times I was asked: after all these years abroad with people of other cultures, how do you experience this meeting? At the time, an ordinary answer was appropriate. The atmosphere at the reunion was not suitable for serious topics, else I would have I said what I truly wanted to say. I then wrote down my reflections and a week later the local newspaper published them. Here are my reflections.

最近,我回到瑞士,参加了一个20年都未举行的活动。大约800个在我的家乡同时上小学的同学聚集到了一起。因为那时我在那儿,因此我决定参加他们的这个活动。有几次我被问道:这些年在国外与其它文化的人们一起生活后,你对这样的一个集会有怎样的体验?在那时,我认为一个普通的答案较合适。校友会上的氛围并不适合谈论严肃的话题,否则我会说我真实想说的话。于是,我写下了我的思考,一星期后当地的报纸刊登了我的文章。我的思考如下。

 

I found it interesting to meet people after twenty or more years. What did they do with their lives? What had become of them? Who among them was eager for knowledge and freedom? Because over the years these things had taken on priorities in my life, I was wishing to find similar minded persons. And I pondered, if they were not interested, what was it that prevented them from taking interest?

我发现20多年后与人们再次相见是有趣的事情。他们是怎么度过他们一生的?他们变成了什么样的人呢?他们中的哪些人渴望获得知识和自由呢?因为这些事情都是我这么多年来优先考虑的事情,所以我希望能找到有相似思想的人。然后我思忖,如果他们不感兴趣,那么是什么阻止他们感兴趣的呢?

 

I discovered, that some think that it was too early in their lives for such topic and that they had still time. But in fact, we have little time. One speaks of a world that turns faster and faster, were things are restless, hasty and rushing. And yet we paradoxically believe to have still a lot of time until death. But we deceive ourselves: who knows whether we will at the next reunion still able to discuss the passing away of others?

我发现,有些人认为现在谈论这些话题还为时太早,他们还有时间。但是,事实上,我们的时日不多了。有人说这个世界运转得越来越快,一切都不安宁,匆忙而急促。然而,我们却自相矛盾地相信我们还可以活很长的时间。但是,我们是在欺骗自己:谁知道我们还能不能在下次的同学会上谈论别人的逝世?

 

 

Some think that their workload leaves them no for spiritual engagements. But it is vice versa – they work so they do not need to do this essential task. Their constant business is a form of escape from self-knowledge. The say they need to work for surviving but has ever anyone survived? Until now all humans ended their lives with death.

有的人认为他们的工作重担使他们不可能从事灵性活动。但是反之亦然,他们工作,所以他们不需要从事这项非常重要的任务。他们不停的工作只是一个逃避自我觉悟的表现。他们说他们需要工作来生存,但是有人得以幸存吗?到目前为止,人类的一生都以死亡告终。

 

Priceless and irreplaceable time glides past – our responsibility is great. No gold in the world, no tears, no action is capable to recover a single senselessly wasted moment. From the viewpoint of eternity, the short amount of time that I call "my life" is just a scent in the wind. And yet it is infinitely precious, because much "valuable" can be done.

无价而又不可替代的时间正在流逝——我们的责任重大。黄金,眼泪和行动都不能恢复在不经意间浪费的片刻时间。从永恒的角度来看,我称之为“我的一生”的一点点时间就像风中的一点气味。可是,它是极其珍贵的,因为在一生中可以做很多有价值的事。

 

Regularly, a feeling of inner emptiness visits people who have achieved a great deal. Any earthly gain, success, or beloved person cannot pacify this uneasiness. The question arises: what is valuable? What do we really need? We will only find peace if we return to our inner source, which is never boring, is secure and gives as homeliness, a place from which we will not have to leave, that never evaporates between our fingers. In search of property and wealth is these longing for peace, that desire that we may finally come to rest. But the fatality is: ownership makes us possessed, occupied; it drives us even more into unrest.

通常人们在获得了巨大的成功后内心会感到空虚。任何尘世的收获,成功,或者心爱的人都不能安慰这种不自在。问题出现了:什么是有价值的?我们真正需要什么?只有我们向内追溯源头,我们才会发现平和。那源头永远都不令人厌烦,是安全的,给我们简朴舒适感,是一个我们不必离开,不会从我们指缝间蒸发的地方。寻求金钱和财富就是因为渴望获得平和,渴望最终能够安息。但是,不幸的是:拥有权使我们疯狂而没有空闲;它甚至迫使我们进入不安的状态。

 

Unrest is always included in owning things that are foreign to us. All that we have is foreign to the soul – be it in form of learning, recognition or in the form of objects and people. Each possession – or that what we call our own – makes us feel heavy and restless. Because the fact is: nothing belongs to us. But our adopted worldview is: by acquiring possession, we will be more powerful, more secure and less vulnerable. One gets to know what freedom is, when one abandons the belief of ownership. Our great opportunity and responsibility of human life is to use our time to gain this freedom by engaging in the spiritual quest.

不安总是存在于拥有与我们本身无关的事物中。我们拥有的一切都与灵魂无关——无论它是以学问和名誉的形式还是以物和人的形式存在。任何拥有物——或者那些我们称之为自己的——都使我们感到肩负重担和不安。因为,事实是:没有什么属于我们。但是我们接受的世界观是:通过获得财产,我们会更加强大,更加安全,更不容易受到伤害。当人放弃拥有权的信念时他才得知自由是什么。我们的人体生命形式的巨大的机会和责任是通过从事灵性的探索,用我们的时间来获得自由。

 

I consider, the understanding of what the needs of the soul are, is the most valuable thing that I have obtained by my stays in Asia. We are a soul, but every day we identify ourselves with the role-playing game and think we are healthy or sick, are a woman or a man, believe we grow old and die. But the soul is our real identity. The soul is not affected by the time, but because we are accustomed to this thinking, we live largely outside our identity. What is the effect of having knowledge about the soul? All miss conceptions that we carry in us – the idea to have something; the belief to control situation; the identification with the body and the mental structures, in which we believe to exist within the material time – are dissolved. One then comes to understand how life feels without constant self-deception.

我认为,对灵魂的需求的理解是我待在亚洲所获得的最有价值的事物。我们是灵魂,但是每天我们都使自己参加角色扮演的游戏,认为自己健康或患病,认为自己是男人或女人,相信我们会变老并死去。但是,灵魂才是我们的真实身份。灵魂不受时间的影响,但是由于我们习惯这么去思考,我们基本上都没有以自己的真实身份去生活。拥有有关灵魂的知识的效果是什么?我们接受的错误想法——拥有某物的想法;控制局面的信念;与我们相信的存在于物质时间中的躯体和心意的认同——被化解了。人开始明白生命的感觉是怎样的而不再不断地欺骗自己。

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