Every living creature wants to be happy. Whether it is money, power or sex, you seek it for the sake of happiness. Some people even seem to enjoy misery because it gives them happiness! To be happy, you seek something. But despite getting it, you are not happy. A schoolboy thinks that if he goes to college, he will be more independent, free and, therefore, happy. When you ask a college student whether he is happy, he feels that if he gets a job, he will be happy. Talk to somebody who is settled in his job or business, and you may find that he is waiting to get a perfect soul mate to be happy. Then what? When he gets a soul mate, he now wants a child, to be happy. Ask those who have children, if they are happy. They respond that how can they relax until the children have grown up and have had a good education and are successfully settled on their own? Ask those who are retired if they are happy? They long for the days when they were younger.

每个人都想要拥有快乐。无论是金钱、权威、性爱,你会想要获得快乐而追寻它。也有些人享受痛苦,因为那带给他们快乐!为了得到快乐,你会追寻某样东西。但即使你得到了,你也不会开心。一个男孩觉得他如果上了学院就会变得更独立、自在,也就会快乐。当你去问一为名学院生他快乐吗?他会认为他如果有一份工作,他就会快乐。那你试问一位工作稳定的职业人士,他会对你说等他寻找到他的另一半时,他就会快乐。那接下来呢?当他找到了伴侣后,他就会要小孩才会快乐。试问那些有孩子的他们快乐吗?他们会回复他们得等孩子都长大了,有良好的教育,可以成家立业了才能松一口气。那你再问问那些退休人士快乐吗?他们会说很怀念那些年轻的日子。

All of one’s life is spent in preparing to be happy someday in the future. It’s like making your bed all night, but having no time to sleep in it. How many minutes, hours and days of your life have you spent being happy from within? Those are the only moments you have really lived life. Those were perhaps the days when you were a small kid, completely blissful and happy or a few moments when you were surfing, swimming or sailing or on a mountain top, living in the present and enjoying it.

人的一生都在为未来某一天的快乐而忙碌、准备。就像你整个夜晚在忙着整理你的床铺,可是却没有时间躺下睡着。你人生中有多少分钟、小时、日子是你有感受到由内心深处发出的开心?那些片刻才是你真正活着的烙印。那些日子可能是当你还是个小孩的时候,很尽兴大快地在戏水、爬山、玩耍,完完全全的乐在其中,享受当下。

There are two ways of looking at life. One is thinking: “I’ll be happy after achieving a certain objective.” The second is saying: “I am happy come what may!” Which one do you want to live by? Life is 80% joy and 20% misery. But you hold on to the 20% and make it 200%! It is not a conscious act, it just happens. Living in the moment with joy, alertness, awareness and compassion is enlightenment. Being like a child is enlightenment. It is being free from within, feeling at home with everybody, without barriers.

面对生命,有两种看法。其中一个是:“当我达到某个目标后,我就会开心。” 第二个的想法是:“无论生活怎么样,我都会开心。”你要过哪一种生活?生活的比例是80%快乐,20%痛苦。但你抓着那20%,再把它放大到200%!那是一个潜意识的行为。可以有意识、警觉性、同理心、喜悦地活在当下就是人生的启蒙。它就像小孩一样,由内发出的天真自在,毫无约束。

Don’t judge and don’t worry about what others think of you. Whatever they think, it is not permanent. Your own opinion about things and people keeps changing all the time. So why worry about what others think about you? Worrying takes a toll on the body, mind, intellect and alertness. It is like an obstruction that takes you far away from yourself. It brings fear, and fear is nothing but the lack of love. It is an intense sense of isolation.

不要去批判别人,也不需要在意其他人怎么想你。无论他们想什么,那想法都不会长久。你自己的对人、事、物的想法也都在一直改变,为何要顾虑其他人怎么想你?忧虑对身、脑、智力、警觉性都造成很大的伤害,就像一个阻碍,把你和自己的距离拉得更远。忧虑带来的是害怕,而害怕正是缺乏爱的体现,也涵盖着强烈的隔绝感。

Relaxing through meditation and breathing exercises can handle this. When one is relaxed, one realizes that they are loved, and connected to everybody, and are a part of the whole universe. This will liberate you and the mind will completely shift. You will then find so much harmony around. To find harmony, it is not as if you have to physically seek it by sitting somewhere for years. Whenever you are in love, your mind is in the present, you feel joyous. At some level, to some degree, everybody is meditating without being aware of it. There are moments when your body, mind and breath are all in harmony. That’s when you achieve yoga. The Art of Living lies in the present moment.

透过静心、呼吸法来放松可以处理这些情绪。当一个人放松自在时,他会发现他们是被爱的,链接着每一个人,也是地球的一部分。这将让你的心智彻底转移,也会让你重获自由。你会发觉周围皆是和谐、平静。要寻获和谐,并不需要实践性地静坐多年。当你恋爱时,你的心智在当下,你会感到喜悦。在某个层度上,每个人都会在不自觉的情况下冥想、静心。当你的身体、心智、呼吸达成和谐一致时,也就形成瑜伽。生活的艺术 – 存在于当下。

Translator : Seva Marlene