Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Satsang ( 30 Nov, 2015)
Ques: It is said that a desire or sankalpa is the cause of rebirth. How can I control my desires to come out of this cycle?
#SriSri: Broadening your vision. When the desire gets fulfilled you come to the same place where you were before the desire aroused. The desire is simply like a merry-go-round. You keep going round, it doesn’t take you any further.
Ques: You mentioned earlier that the best antidote to any wrong doing is a sense of belongingness. How can we expand our sense of belongingness to encompass everybody?
#SriSri: Wanting to do you are already on the way to doing it. Just know that you have done it. See when you say I want to go and vote for such and such a person you have already voted. Isn’t it?
Ques: It is said grace is what we get without putting in our effort and karma and as you love each one of us unconditionally can you please have your grace to give enlightenment right at this moment?
#SriSri: The desire for enlightenment when it becomes intense you will definitely have it. Its there already but it takes sometime to blossom. You should not be in a hurry to do that. Got it? If you forcefully open a bud to become flower it doesn’t do good. Similarly if I try to take a raw mango and try to ripen it, it doesn’t taste sweeter. So, what is needed is gentle nourishing and creating such an atmosphere and that’s what happens. Be well founded in knowledge and find out all those things which have being bothering, which have been an obstacle for your blossoming, they simply fall away, naturally fall away. You will see more and more you are aware, more and more you are focused and most of the time you are happy this will start coming and that is the sign of enlightenment and then whatever you think happens, whatever is going to happen you come to know, spontaneously. Making an effort to do for it that isn’t really the point.
Ques:It is said that before this creation before this creation came into existence everything was whole and complete and when one attains enlightenment everything becomes whole and complete. So when it was complete in the first place where does the knowledge diminish and what if it kept diminishing after enlightenment? Sorry for being naughty.
#SriSri: It is a valid question. Its simply forgetfulness. You have forgotten your true nature and once you remember it you do ‘oh ya this is it!’ That’s why its called ‘pratyabhigya’. Recognising that it is there and what stops from recognizing is small little desires and some desires get fulfilled and some don’t and one point comes you rise above that. Look back in your life and see how much you have risen above all those small things which you were holding on to. Being in the knowledge and just letting things blossom. That’s what is very important. And that finest balance, on one hand you can be very lazy saying ‘oh let it happen’. No, that is one extreme and another extreme is I want it right now, I want enlightenment right now.You know once a very brilliant boy from a big institute he took the Sahaj Samadhi meditation he found it wonderful ‘oh this is great’ and his desire for enlightenment became so intense,’ I want it right now’. On the third day after sahaj samdhi he went to a temple and started sitting and meditating for 8,9,10 hours till the pujari locked the door and threw him out to lock the door and when he started doing like that 3 days later, 4 days later when he had stopped eating properly, he started getting hallucination ‘I am Hanuman. I myself is hanuman.’ When he went to the temple he said,” Why are you doing pooja to the idol, I am Hanuman. Just imagine what would have happened to him. Everybody hit him. He landed in the hospital. Well of course he came out of the hospital also and he is doing fine. But that is what that is another extreme of wanting everything urgent, right now, right here. See you have planted a pomegranate tree, just small sapling you have planted and you pour too much of water and manure on it and say give me fruit now now.You cannot force a tree to give fruit immediately. It’ll take its time and then you will get many pomegranates. You have planted a tree, wait till it grows, till the season comes. Similarly, time is there for everything. ‘Kalenatmani vindati’ Lord Krishna says what? ‘Tatvayam yoga samstita’ You make your self effort.you attain perfection in your yoga.yoga means not just asanas.Yoga is inner calm meditation. ’Kalenatmani vindati’ Time will give you. Time will bring the realization of atma. On one hand lethargy and on another hand too much effort these two things should be left. Middle path, that is the way.
Ques: If we are insignificant to this creation, then why do we have an existence in the first place?
#SriSri: Well, what’s the point of knowing this? Is there any significance in knowing this? What will you do by knowing this? (laughter) My dear, wake up! So many things you do, how many times you breathe in and out, how much food you take. Anyway you are going to die, then why are you living? Is this a question to ask? No, you are born and life is there. See your life from a bigger perspective.. then there is one aspect in you is which me, me, me, the self-centered ego, that starts loosening, it expands. Then you understand this entire creation has a purpose and the purpose of creation is expressing bliss, expressing ‘ananda’. You play cricket, what is the point of playing cricket? You play football, what is the point? Joy! It kindles bliss. That’s why this entire creation has sprung from bliss, sustained in ‘ananda’ and will dissolve in ‘ananda’. That is why it is called Leela. Leela means a play. The whole world is play. Listen Ashtavakra knowledge and Yoga Vashishta. Not once, again and again. If you keeping reading, you will get the clarity. Either you get clarity or you get more confused. Either way it is good. Because you have moved form where you are. You were stuck in some place, now at least there is some movement, left or right doesn’t matter! Movement has happened, then the flow is fine.
Ques: Can You please suggest how to have quick progress on the path?
#SriSri: Keep this desire of quick progress, keep this desire alive. I’ve already answered. It should not be too quick, but quick is good enough. It will stop you from procrastination. And be sincere in your practice, do it for a long period of time and it will always give you quick results.
Ques: Why is it that after sixty years we do the shashti aptha poorti?
#SriSri: There are names for sixty years, I don’t know why they put only sixty. But from ancient times they have names for the sixty years. Afterwards again the same names begin for the years. Like in Chinese astrology they have pig and cow, all these names are there.. Here in India they have given sixty names and the names are very good. This year it is Manmatha, meaning very attractive. Previous year was called Jaya meaning victory. Like that each year has some uplifting name.. So there is a cycle of sixty years. You cross fifty, and then ten years more, maybe you feel you are on the down hill. To uplift you that you do this to tell you, you are not going down-hill, you are up only. So children they do this ceremony for parents and then along with that you pray to all the angels, all the Gods, to have a healthy, happy, vibrant ife in the future. This is what is Shashti pooja. You say, let my spirits be high. Why is pooja done? If anything bad has happened, let all those karmas before, let me start afresh after sixty years, finishing all those karmas. Next sixty years you spend in serving the Divinity, that is the intention you put and then you say, let all the planets, angels and devas bless you with good intellect. This is what the prayer is all about.. till sixty years you have done all that you wanted to do in your life. Enjoyed, have been happy, unhappy, everything. Now rest of the life, whatever thirty, forty years I would live, let me live with spiritual energy, more vibrancy. So far I have lived for myself now let me live for the society. These are then intentions one takes.
Ques: How is coma different from sleep?
#SriSri: Well, I don’t know. I know sleep, I don’t know coma. I can’t answer everything, I only answer what I know. It may be a blessing or it may be a curse.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Satsang ( 29 Nov, 2015)
Ques: How to decrease emotional dependence?
#SriSri:The moment you realize you are emotionally dependent you are already one step out of it.Your intellect has started recognizing.This itself will start giving you strength and awareness.Life is a combination of both intellect and emotions.Emotions will continue to be there.When you see you are much bigger than that,then you are already in control of it.
Ques:Dearest Guruji,is Guru the only way to meet God?Can you please explain?
#SriSri:Why you want to meet God?What is God?First of all we should have a concept of God.Neither the theist nor the atheist have a clear concept of what God is.Atheists say no such God exists without defining what their definition of God is,what their understanding of God is and they just want to see god without knowing,having a real definition of God. If God is that by which everything is made,in which everything is,into which everything dissolves,how can you be away from it?You are in it all the time,you are a part of it.Then whatever you see is God.Like air God is everywhere.Like space,God is everywhere.Like the five elements of which the entire universe is made up of,God is there.Thats what Om Namah Shivaya is what?Five elements.What do you want to see?Someone with a snake hanging on their neck coming with a trishul and asking,”Vats?Kya Chahiye?What do you want?I am here to grant it.”This will only happen in the TV screen.If it happens to you anywhere else know that there is something,problem,you are getting into Yog Maya.God is the summom bonum of creation.Don’t make God an object of knowing.God is Love and can you see love?You see love only through a manifest expression.You can see love in children’s eyes,you can see love in friends’ eyes,elders’ eyes,you can love in the animals.A dog can express love.But tell me,show me love without a dog or without a person?How can you ever see love?Has anyone seen love?Has anyone seen compassion?A mountain of compassion?No.It only gets expressed through manifest forms of the universe.Infact it is inexpressible.Love cannot be expressed so easily.But somewhere you get the sign of it.And that is what is Linga.Lingam means what sign.You get a sign.Even genital is called lingam because that is how you identify whether the baby is a boy or a girl.When a baby is born there is one organ of the body which indicates whether it is a boy or a girl.Other that one organ every baby looks the same,you can’t make a distinction between boy or girl.That is why genital also came to be called as lingam because that indicates when they go older what they will be.So lingam,shiv lingam means what is identification or a sign.You can only see the sign.In the Kannada literature or in the Dravidian also I think all over the country,all over the world wisdom,love,knowledge all are recognised through saints.Linga Jangama.Linga and Jangama is the saints or the Guru.And then you recognize it in everything.It doesn’t stop.You recognize in every child,every tree,every animal.The entire universe is nothing but manifestation of consciousness.Consciousness is God,its everywhere.Don;t make it an object of knowing.The knower himself is the divinity.Though atheist can say I don’t believe in myself,I don’t agree that something exists by which everything is made up of.If an atheist says that,that means he is not acknowledging his own presence.If you say I am present that means what is this ‘I know’.That which is I of the I is what God is.I is atma,Self.Paramatma is that is beyond the Self.If Self is there that is beyond everything is Paramatma.If your ‘I’ is a limited identity of thoughts,emotions and trends there is something that is beyond your thoughts,emotions and trends,that core of your existence,core of consciousness,existence is what you can call God.In this case there cannot be any atheist at all on the planet.If you are thinking of an old man sitting somewhere above the clouds trying to give you a finger and when you go near Him he runs away,if that your concept of God then definitely atheism is better.Atheists are right.There is no such thing.But if atheists say nothing exists because I don’t know they are not honest.They are neither scientific nor honest.But if they say that I don’t believe anything till I know it then also you are not scientific.There are millions of universes just the fact that you don’t know you say they don’t exist,you can’t claim they don’t exist at all.All that you can say is I don’t know!Right?And that is the shift from I know it all to a beautiful ‘I don’t know!,may be’.Thats why God is called agyaya,unknowable but still the presence is there,still it is there.It gives you the sign that there is something bigger,an intelligence based on which everything exists in the universe.That one has to accept,that sign is good enough.Noone can deny the existence of an intelligence,a law.
Ques: What is the sutra of one’s life?
#SriSri: :Keep smiling and keep serving and acquire knowledge.
Ques: Do you think terrorism will end and how human beings can do that?Why and how?
#SriSri:Terrorism is the biggest challenge.These centuries,these decades are facing this challenge.But its not new.India had this before also.Aurangzeb had terrorized this entire country,most part of the country and there were such terrorists even before.Time to time such wave of himsa comes up and time to time there is a wave of knowledge,wisdom,ahimsa also.In this modern age the only way to arrest terrorism is educate the young minds against terrorism,against violence.Someone was telling me the other day number of people who died of terrorism was only a small number in America.People who died out of domestic violence and other forms of social violence was 80 times more than the people who died out of terrorism.One gets a lot of attention but whereas the domestic violence and other forms of violence you don’t get attention to it.Press gives coverage but you don’t notice it.How many incidences of violence are happening in so called civilized societies is unbelievable.So the way out of these violent tendencies is spread the message of meditation.Meditation and broader vision about life is the only way.
Ques: If I get intimate with my husband it is problem,if I don’t get intimate also it is a problem.Kindly guide him.I feel I do injustice with my loving husband cause hardly ever I am intimate with him because intimacy never gives me joy.My longing and tears are only for Krishna.I don’t know how to do justice with my relationship and with my own Self.
#SriSri: Well,you know there is an ancient tradition in India if you go to any temple or do any Yagya alone you cannot go,both have to go.So,your interest in both of you should go together,match together.If one is ahead one is behind you have to have the patience to take both along and that is what you need to look into.Marriage always means compromising your individual interests.You have to give in and look into your partners needs and not just bent upon your own.And it is for both,both of you should have that give and take.Whether you do something or not there is a problem,this problem exists with everybody,not just the husband,with mother-in-law,with daughter-in-law with various people this problem arises.In such difficult situations the skills in you are brought out.All the skills from within you will come up.Otherwise you don’t need intellect.You don’t need to be intelligent.Intelligence is there so that you can handle difficult situations.If everything is smooth you can lock your intelligence and just run the routine thing but know that you are very intelligent,very skillful and you can manage any of those situations with such skill and dexterity,right?
Ques: Your video on dispassion said not to be feverish on any goal.However in the corporate world boses appreciate this feverishness towards result as commitment to the organisations’ goals.How do I balance these?
#SriSri: Dispassion doesn’t mean lack of enthusiasm.Come on come on come on,get this straight.Many times people say dispassion is no interest in life.You look at the dispassionate people,so called udaaseen,somewhere,theres no smile,no enthusiasm,no joy.They look absolutely depressed.This is not dispassion.Depression is not dispassion mind you.Lets not mistake that.Dispassion gives enthusiasm,energy.’Tasya sukham na karoti raga’.Adi Shankara has said you know what ‘Bhaja govindam moodhamate’.What is that pleasure,joy that dispassion does not give you!Dispassion connects you the very core of your being which is all ananda,bliss.Dispassion does not mean lack of enthusiasm.Show full enthusiasm at the same time be centred.You know if you are feverish,you just jump up and down but your intellect doesn’t work but if you are dispassionate your brain is very sharp,you are very alert,you have sense of humour also and you are centred and you don’t worry whether things will happen or not.Even if adverse things happen you don’t mind it.Thats dispassion.In dispassion you are not feverish but enthusiastic and you don’t worry whether things will happen or not and you are confident.Even if failure comes you are not going down the drain,you are not just collapsing and you move forward.When you are feverish in lack of dispassion,your intellect,brain doesn’t work,your perception is all clouded.With enthusiasm,with dispassion your perception becomes sharper,you are wittier and you are clearer.These qualities just come as accessories to dispassion
Ques: How to decrease emotional dependency?
#SriSri: The moment u realize u are emotionally dependent you are already one step out of it.. life is a cmobnation of oth meotions and intellect. Emoions will always be there but when you see that u are much bigger than that then you are in control of emotions
Ques: Can you please talk about Vigraha and Anugraha?
#SriSri: Graha means catching, holding on to something. The whole Universe is moving very fast and whatever is holding the Universe is all Grahas. They are being held by orbits, that’s why they are Grahas, that which holds on. It remains there forever. If not forever, at least relatively, not in absolute terms. Agraha is insisting, you hold on to something and you insist, that is agraha. Then Nigraha is where you control, it’s again a type of holding. Then comes Vigraha, that is trying to hold on to something, your goal is to hold on to something which is ethereal, which you cannot perceive or hold on to. But in a special manner you try to hold on to, that is Vigraha. The infinite, absolute, unmanifest divinity cannot be held. But through some special means you want to establish a sort of relation, communication or a sort of connection, you are already connected, but when you are trying to feel the connection with infinity through some means, that means is called Vigraha. You are holding on to something to which you can never hold on, with a special means, the means which helps you to grasp the incomprehensible is called Vigraha. And Anugraha is that which holds you up, grace, blessings, that which holds you up.
Ques: When I am left by myself or in bad company , all my negative tendencies rise in me.
#SriSri: Never mind, negative tendencies rise only to go away. Let them rise, any amount of dust, you just watch it. They will all disappear.
Ques: Is doing financial seva equivalent to do physical seva? I feel guilty that I’m not able to contribute with my time.
#SriSri: No,no, doesn’t matter. Any seva is good. Don’t have to feel guilty, this is equally good. And if you cannot financially do it, you cannot physically do it, suppose you are not well, you blessing itself is through thoughts or sending good vibrations, that also is enough. You know I have heard so many people coming and telling me, I am so weak and old, I can’t do seva, I want to do seva, the heart is yearning to do seva. But physically they are not able to do seva. I tell them don’t worry just and pray, just sit and bless, just sit and send the vibrations of positivity. That itself is also seva. Now youngsters don’t take this! Don’t say, today I am just going to sit and give good luck and blessing! This is only when you cannot physically do anything. You know I was in Delhi two days back, one lady came and gave me a cheque for lot of money. I asked her, what do you do. She’s a school teacher. And I know that she had taken a loan to contribute to World Culture Festival. She said, so much transformation has happened in my life, I want to give this. I said, no I don’t want to take this money, but I will keep only some amount. And the same night a similar incident happened. One boy, he just did the Sudarshan Kriya three weeks ago, and his life has changed.. And the boy comes and hands over a big amount of money and he is crying, please accept, I can give more, will you take it all? I said no, I don’t want to take it, you keep it, it is Mine but it will be with you only! And he insisted and started crying so I took one tenth of what he offered. At least I made him that I had not rejected what he had offered Me. See it is not what give that is important. It is the feeling, the wanting to give with so much heart, that itself is important. There are many people on the planet who want to give everything. You all have this feeling of wanting to give, contribute. The very feeling, that I want to contribute, that itself is very precious. And let it be there, don’t let it dry out. Because that is the juice in life, wanting to be a part of something big. And here you also need wisdom – where to give, what to give, to whom to give!.. Even to give you need to see whether they really qualify for you to give them. Europe is in so much trouble with all the immigration. And many of the people who come there are so healthy and they can do hard work and earn money, such people are begging. We should not give them a single dime to them, people who have strength, who can do something. And there are people who cheat you, we should be careful about them. So you can’t be all emotional mushy mushy, otherwise it will only increase the laziness and more adharma on the planet.
Ques: What is the healthy state of intellect and memory?
#SriSri: Open mindedness, without any prejudice against anybody.
Ques: What is advaita? If we all are one, why so many manifestations?
#SriSri: Only then can realize that you are one!
Ques: I have seen millions of people just running after money. How can I put them on the spiritual path?
#SriSri: I will leave this question with you. Keep asking, you will find many ways and you can do it in whichever way possible.
Ques: I want to be enlightened in this life itself. Is it possible?
@SriSri: Very good, you are in the right place with the right intention. This is the intention you should come here with, I want to be enlightened. Not just I want a job, I want someone to marry, I want my son or daughter to be married, this are all side dishes. These are like the pickle. When you order for a thali, you will also get pickle. But this is not the pickle store! You are here for the main course. Nobody goes to a restaurant and orders for mouth freshener. Tooth pick and mouth freshener come later. Sometimes I wonder, you come here for enlightenment, I mean you are supposed to come here for something higher, but you are asking for what? Small little things, it is like asking for toothpick!
Ques: My mission is to make suicide rate zero. How can I do it?
#SriSri: Very good. Start teaching Happiness Program everywhere. And do happiness survey. I think four of you can go door to door asking people, are you happy, what is it that I can do. Come one, wake up! Life is so short. You can spend the rest of your life wailing and whining and crying for this or for that. Come one wake up with knowledge then you will see life is bliss.
Ques: If the world is Maya or illusion then how come everyone is having the same illusion?
#SriSri: Who said same illusion, there are many different types of illusions. Come on, don’t you see people live in their own bubbles, everyone has got in their small little world, their own concepts, their own idea of what people they like or don’t like?
Ques; Is marriage a barrier in the path of doing great work.
#SriSri: It’s you who makes it a barrier or an aid.
Ques: It is my dream to make a movie on You.
#SriSri: Ok. Yes, it will be a very funny one, a very humorous one.. humorous wisdom!
Ques: When will this mind stop asking questions?
#SriSri: I have no idea. I think you are asking this question because you think someone can answer it.
Ques: I feel uncomfortable around non-spiritual people. What is the solution?
#SriSri: Don’t shy away from them. You don’t have to feel comfortable all the time. You don’t have to drink or eat with them or speak nasty things with them. But you don’t have to cut yourself off from them. Be natural be at home with anybody and everybody, that is the main thing of Art of Living – feel at home anywhere with anyone.. They may need the system. So you have to be skillful. How you have to be like the lotus flower, in the water yet untouched by the water.
Ques: What is Shambhavi Upaya?
#SriSri: It is that which is in between effort and no effort. There is one level of upayas where there is lot of effort and there is one where you don’t put any effort. Shambhavi is in between where you put a little effort and then it happens. One of the Shambhavi mudras is, you just put a little attention in between the eyebrows but then let go. But in the name of Shambhavi mudra people do all wrong things and they end up having so much headache. They end up having migraines, headaches and sometimes they go cuckoo. So my advice is don’t venture into any of these. In the name of Hath yoga they do what all. All these kriyas don’t look normal. People lose strength in the body and the mind as well. That is why my advice is go very natural and whatever is safer, which is traditional, that which is taught here now.. We must be authentic when we do Yoga practices.
Ques: How to be a good sadhak?
#SriSri: A sadhak himself is good!
Ques: Why are so people narrow minded after doing many AMPs.?
#SriSri: Now that is there problem, you don’t worry about it. You relax.
Ques: Is India a tolerant country?
#SriSri: What do you mean by tolerance and intolerance? We need intolerance! We tolerate all types of injustice, garbage.. we need intolerance towards corruption.. Are we not a tolerant country? .. We should be intolerant towards these negative things. Wake up, if we are tolerant we fall asleep. If we have itolerance we at least wake up and become active. . In this country religious tolerance has been there for centuries.. diversity is an our DNA.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Satsang ( 27 Nov, 2015)
#SriSri addressed the enthusiastic crowd from the state:
“Chhattisgaria sabse badiya!.. (the participants presented #SriSri with different varieties of grains from their state). We should preserve these different types of grains. You don’t get so many different varieties of grain outside India. In India we have a tradition that every region of India save the local seeds, we should maintain this tradition. Swami Brahmatej ji is working a lot on this.. We should make an exhibition of these different types of seeds through our Agricultural trust. And we should also do an exhibition for different types of costumes and musical instruments, we can make different halls for different types of dance, styles of dressing, grains etc.”
“Now that you have come to Ashram, you should leave all your worries here. Art of Living is working so hard to ensure that every village is prosperous, that not a single person is unemployed. If there is unemployment you can send a couple of hundred people here to the Ashram. We will train these 200-300 people, that is why we have made SSRDP (Sri Sri Rural Development Program)… Not a single person should be unemployed, do Yoga and Udyoga (business)! Be Nirogi (disease free), Udyogi (entrepreneurial), Yogi and Tyaagi (one who sacrifices). Be a tyaagi at the end, sacrifice something for the nation. If you sacrifice something then you will gain something. So be a Nirogi, Yogi, Udyogi, Sahyogi (partner), be a Sahyogi to this nation and be a tyaagi.”
“If there is drought in Chhattisgarh, it is because we have not taken care of our environment. We should take care of our rivers, our farmers. Now see, there have never been floods in Chennai, but this time there is so much flooding there, so much destruction. In Chhattisgarh there should no drought, there are so many forests there. Fury of nature is due to the fury of the Divine energies. For this we need to perform Rudra Puja, do Satsang and sadhana, nature loves this. Then there will be no fury of nature. So it’s very important to do satsang in every village. The whole village should get together and do satsang on one of day of the week, be it Thursday or Sunday. Sunday people generally prefer to watch movies, you can do it on Thursday. Let us rekindle the tradition of doing satsangs on Thursdays, in every village. Then there will be no drought. Every person in the village should participate, let us bring in this tradition.. we should go into each village and transform the atmosphere there. There should be a wave of devotion, enthusiasm and knowledge in every village. You should take up villages and make them model villages where there are no fights or court cases, where issues can be resolved by just sitting together. Art of Living teachers can help with that. What are the causes fights that happen? One is for property the other is with your close relations, so these can be resolved by just sitting together. In this way, matters should be resolved without going to court. A village where there are no court cases, where every one is above the poverty line, is a model village. Where no one in the family is unemployed, no one is below the poverty line, then India will grow much faster. You all have also done a very good job in the Clean India mission. Keep doing this good work. When the drains are not clean then the water cannot flow and the filth spreads everywhere. So drains should be clean. And in the same way we should also be clean from the inside our mind should be pure. What can we do for purity of the mind? For purity of body there is Ayurveda, for purity of mind there is pranayama, for purity of intellect there is knowledge. Listen to knowledge, do pranayama, then meditation happens automatically.”