You are not alone. God is there and he loves you a lot.
Q: If you are pure in your intention and action and yet you are perceived as just the opposite and blamed, what should we do?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Just smile through it. Don’t worry about what others blame. You should not keep quiet also, you should educate and ignore.
Love is your very nature; it is there within you, and around you, eternally. So when, what will become a reason for love to blossom, cannot be said.
Q: Guruji, is there consciousness within me?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You are asking and you are hearing also whatever I said. If there was no consciousness within you how would you have asked the question? How would you have seen, heard or understood? That which is listening from within you, comprehending, witnessing, experiencing everything, is chitta. The main powerhouse of the mind, intellect, memory, ego, body, prana; that stream of energy – that itself is consciousness. So the truth is that which is.
You exist, right? This building exists? This building is truth. But it does not seem that these pillars can hear what is being spoken, so the building lacks consciousness. Although we cannot say that, a little bit is present in everything; it is present in stones also. But in you consciousness is more obvious. In trees it is less evident although trees and plants also hear. But in you that consciousness is greater. When that consciousness transforms into bliss, it is Paramatma.
In the universe there is only truth. Within consciousness, the universe and life both exist. And in God, truth, consciousness and bliss, all three are present. And joy is hidden within us. Through practice (sadhana) that joys sprouts. So God is asleep within you, hidden inside – awaken Him.This is what is ‘Jaagaran’(Awakening). Awaken the mother, the Goddess sitting inside you, awaken her! Shivji is sitting inside, awaken Him. Sri Hari is sitting inside, awaken Him.
The world is big and there are all sorts of people in the world. We have to live with all and work with them.
Q: When we are in the satsang, the mind is calm and centered. However, when we go back, the mind gets distracted. Why is that?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: That’s natural. That is to remind you to keep coming back to satsangs. When you keep the company of good people the mind changes accordingly. When you keep the company of bad people, the mind naturally goes towards that.
Surrender means a confidence. You go to a doctor and you are confident the doctor is going to give me the right medicine. You have come here and you are confident that Guruji is going to give me the right solution. Then you relax. That is all what surrender means.
Q: Please speak about what will happen in the year 2012.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The year 2012 is a fascination. It has become such a sensation. No news is good news till it has become a sensation. We will have more work to do. People will become more spiritual. It will become a necessity and not merely a fashion.
Wake up and see that everyone loves you. If you ever feel lonely and feel that no one loves and cares for you – remember me.
Q: In the (Mahabharata) war field, Krishna showed Arjuna his Vishwa roopa. When will you show your vishwa roopa?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The conch has not yet been blown for start of war! Krishna showed the Vishwa roopa only to Arjuna. First you become Arjuna. How to become like Arjun? What is Arjuna? To prayerfully request for knowledge and to progress is Arjun.
Keep an open mind because you don’t know much about your consciousness. You know very little about your mind. What we know of our mind is only one tenth of its whole. Our mind is so huge; our consciousness is so vast that whatever we know is only the tip of the iceberg. If we realize this then there is scope for knowing more. If you think you know everything about your mind then the door is closed.
Q: How not to lose my mind and stop comparing myself when my partner is attracted or in love with someone else? I am losing myself completely in this kind of situation and it feels so painful. How not to lose my commitment when I, myself, am attracted or in love with someone else? Please help. With love and thanks for everything you are doing.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Just wait. Time will tell you. Remember what your age is now. When the numbers change, you’ll not change. Got it? When you become older, you’ll grow over these attractions, these repulsions. Don’t blame yourself or blame your partner. See from this angle. Okay, you are getting attracted, so what? Then that attraction is not going to destroy your commitment and your relation. This much you must make sure because the mind always goes for something new but the heart longs for something old. You always want new fashion. What is the latest fashion, you ask. But when you are in love you say, ‘Oh I know them since ages. That’s my old love, my ancient love.’ You always connect, go back to the ages because the heart longs for the old and the mind wants the new. So when you are going for new, know that it’s only the mind’s work but your heart knows, heart always longs for that old connection, old love.