Is there really a benefit to positive thinking? Sadhguru explains why trying to “think positive” is bound to crash eventually.
Q: Sadhguru, there is a lot of teaching out there about positive thinking and how it can transform your life. Yet, there is something about people who are always repeating positive affirmations that seem shallow. Is it that simple? Can positive thinking help you get rid of karma, or at least keep you from creating more karma?
问 : 萨古鲁，有很多人教导正向思维并宣称它如何能改变我们的人生。但是每天对自己重复一些积极话语，感觉那样似乎有点肤浅。改变人生真的就这么简单 ? 正向思维能否帮助我们摆脱业力，或者至少让我们不再创造更多业力呢？
Sadhguru: The reason these people have lost depth to their life is that they have become frivolous by focusing their attention only on what is convenient for them, which they call positive. They want everything quick, quick, quick. There is no dedication to anything. Suppose someone has to become a scientist. He has to study for years. Maybe he will forget his wife, his children, he forgets everything and gives himself. Only then something opens up for him, even on the physical plane.
萨古鲁 : 人们之所以失去自己生命的深度，是因为他们仅仅关注对自己便利的事，也就是他们所谓的 “ 正面 ” 。许多人想要快速地得到一切，而无法专注投入于任何一件事。假设某人要做科学家，他得花很多年的时间去学习，这期间他或许会忘记自己的妻儿甚至全世界，将自己全然奉献于这门事业。但只有这时，一些东西才能为他打开，即使在物质层面上也是如此。
Such steady focus is mostly missing in the modern world, because there is too much of this kind of teaching: “Don’t worry, be happy. Everything is fine. Just enjoy yourself!” This kind of happiness will inevitably crash and people will get into mentally sick situations. One particularly popular statement I hear in the West, and it is starting to catch up in India as well, is “Be happy, live in the moment.” Please live somewhere else and show me. Anyway you are in the moment, where else can you be? Everyone quotes this because books have been written and programs have been conducted by people who have no experience or understanding.
现代生活中，保持稳定的专注已不多见，原因在于这样的教导已经成为风潮： “ 不用担心，开心点。一切都会好起来的，尽情地享受当下吧！ ” 这种所谓的开心终将会消失殆尽，许多人也因此陷入精神上的困境。 “ 开心点，活在当下 ” 这个在西方非常流行的说法如今在印度也逐渐传开来。试试活在其他地方给我看看。任何一个人都只能活在当下，不是吗？你还能去哪里？每个人都说 “ 活在当下 ” ，是因为那些写书和开课的人都是没有任何体验和认知而言的。
If you watch those people who always talk about “Be happy,” depending on their lifestyles, within a few years they end up depressed. It will invariably hit you very deep because your energies are apportioned for different possibilities according to your karmic structure. There is something for your pain, for your grief, your joy, your love. This is called prarabdha karma. It is not just in your mind. Karma is data. You energy is functioning according to this data. The prarabdha is like a coiled spring. It has to find its release. If those things do not find express, if you deny them, they will take root in a completely different way.
仔细观察下你身边总说 “ 要开心 ” 的人 —— 几年后他们通常变得不开心 —— 取决于他们的生活方式。它注定会伤到你，因为根据每个人的业力结构，你的能量是分配给不同方面的，包括痛苦、悲伤、开心或爱等等。这被称为定业。它不仅仅是在你头脑里。业力就是数据。你的能量是根据这个数据运作的。定业就像是弹簧，必须要为其能量找到出口。如果它没有找到表达，如果你抗拒它们，那么定业则会以另一种完全不同的方式扎根下来。
It is important that you simply see everything the way it is. You do not deny anything. If grief comes, grief. Sadness comes, sadness. Joy comes, joy. Ecstasy comes, ecstasy. When you do this, you are not denying or trying to stop anything. At the same time, everything is happening, but you are free from it.