SriSriSpeaks: Wonder is the basis of yoga, the preface.
Q: Why is it becoming increasingly important to save the planet earth?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Because we are increasingly exploiting the planet earth more than what it can recuperate from. As individuals we can each do something to help the planet. You can be part of some service project like planting more trees, creating awareness about not using plastic bags. You can meditate everyday and put your attention on these issues. When we have an intention and put our attention on that, it will start manifesting. We don’t use the mind power that has been bestowed on us by nature. It is the greatest gift we have been given.
SriSriSpeaks: I would like to say that everyone, wherever you are, start reading a few shlokas of the Bhagavad Gita every day. Read three to four shlokas everyday, if you don’t understand Sanskrit never mind, even the translation is good enough.
Q: What are some habits that would promote success?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: First you need to define success. Having a big bank balance and no sleep is not success. You may have lots of money but have diabetes, high blood pressure and all other health problems. That is not success. You may have lots of money but be filled with fear and anxiety, you may not have friends and that is not success.
To me success is measured by your smile. How much of your life is filled with smiles and how much can you contribute to others? How much courage and confidence do you have in your own ability? You mustn’t be worried only about your own future. Money is needed in life but life is not all about money.
SriSriSpeaks: Instead of bringing flowers for me, you blossom as a flower. There should always be a smile on your face that nobody can take away. Always be joyful like this. For celebrations and enthusiasm always don’t forget what you need to do – Sadhna, Seva and Satsang.
Q: Guruji, a few days back you said that Arjuna’s seat is empty. I want to apply for that post. Am I fit? How should I give my application to you Guruji?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: It is already done. This question itself is an application.
Now, keep applying all the knowledge that you have heard.