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想要與需要 Wants and Needs

剛跟瑜珈恩師帕薩德老師學習時,他提到:「傳統上,每個星期四是『上師』日,表達對其教導的感恩。」 今天剛好星期四,所以我想分享多年前與恩師相遇時,他曾說過的一句話。 那句話,當下震撼了我,敲開了一個縫,讓光走進來..... 影片結尾,分享瑜珈古籍《薄伽梵歌》中的兩段話。這兩段話,也次次在人生路上提醒著我。


「瑜珈哲理,一定要能落實在生活中。」這是上師時時對我們耳提面命的,而我也如此地傳承著。 感謝上師,讓我多年前能遇到您。



*《薄伽梵歌(Bhagavad Gita)》意指「神聖之歌(Bhagavad:神,Gita:歌)」,共18章,700句,是印度史詩《摩訶婆羅多》中的一段對話。《薄伽梵歌》是聖雄甘地的精神泉源,不單在印度,美國思想文學家愛默生、瑞士心理學家榮格、德國詩人小說家赫曼.赫賽,以及《湖濱散記》的美國作家梭羅等都深受《薄伽梵歌》的影響。




Every Thursday is Guru’s day and I would like to share my dear Guru’s words when we met at first time today. Many years ago I “accidentally” signed up his workshop in Hong Kong. To be honest, I can’t recall at all what this workshop was about; however, I clearly remember the moment he blow my mind by saying “ Life will not give you everything you want but it will provide you with what you need.”


No one until then had told me that life works in this way. I had been taught to fight for success, to chase my dream, to accumulate more and more since childhood. Then I started to contemplate on the difference between “want” and “need”. It is normal and healthy to have a clear vision and goal in life. However, the hook is the obsession with the desirable outcome, the attachment to either failure or success. This creates a cycle of endless chasing and suffering.


After embarking on the journey of Yoga with Guru Prasad, I gradually loosen my grip and trust life more. Firstly, it’s the clarity on what to do in one’s own life. It is said in Bhagavad Gita (2.48), “Perform your duty equipoised, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachment to success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga.”


With clarity, little by little, my heart is willing to surrender and let go of my egocentric wants, just like lotus said once more from the Gita (5.10), “One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”


My deepest gratitude to Guru Prasad for showing me the light from within.


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