SriSriSpeaks: Love is life’s completion. That is the goal of life. One factor required to say that your life is complete is shradha or faith. Believe that everything good will happen to you in future. Believe the divinity.
Q: Guruji, sometimes out of social obligations I need to sit in the company of people who drink alcohol. Is that okay?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: As long as you don’t start giving them company in the drinking also. You can sit socially but you can say, ‘I prefer soft drinks and I will have only soft drinks.’
Lord Krishna told Arjuna, ‘People think I am a human being but I am not. People confuse the Divine to be a human being. But God is the force, He is energy. That is Divine and not a person.
Q: I am an emotional eater. When I am sad, depressed, angry, I automatically start eating and eating. How to control this as I am gaining on a lot of weight?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes. I don’t want to give you any ideas or suggestions now. Do you know why? Because you will forget them, and when you remember, you will feel even worse, ‘Oh no, I didn’t follow those instructions.’ Right?
When you feel upset, you know what will be good? Put on some music and just dance. Even if it is sad music never mind, just dance. When you dance, you will put on less weight and you will lose what you have. Okay! At least at that time you will eat less.
Maybe after finishing the dance, you may feel more hungry and eat more. Unless you determine yourself to do something about it, nobody else can do anything about it. So on your own, you have to come to a conclusion.
SriSriSpeaks: Almighty never denies you self-realization. Keep doing your sadhana and seva. In advance course when you sit in silence and say ’I am’ in the ‘I am’ meditation, you see everything is a dream. Everything is changing but something in me is not changing. And that is it!
Q: While doing meditation there are some vibrations which come in the Agya chakra. At that time do I do something or just keep quiet?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If some vibrations come in the Agya chakra let them be there. Don’t try to enhance it or get rid of it, just relax and do nothing. Let whatever is happening happen.
SriSriSpeaks: Maharasa is nothing but satsang! Where there is juice, where one gets so intoxicated and experiences so much love and joy, that everywhere only God is visible – that is Maharasa.
Q: How to overcome insecurity?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Insecurity is because you feel there is nobody for you. Wake up and see there is so much humanness, there is so much love in the world, and you don’t need to feel insecure.
You are walking in the street and somebody needs some help. They cannot carry their bag; won’t you go and help them? Right?
You know when we feel insecure? When we feel there is no humanness, there is no compassion, nobody is kind and nobody is friendly. Only then we feel the insecurity.
If you wake up and see, in this world there is so much love, so much compassion, so much a sense of belongingness, then there is no need of insecurity, okay! Pranayama, breathing techniques and meditation definitely helps you to get over this feeling of insecurity. It has already happened.
SriSriSpeaks: Just open your eyes, shake your head and look at the world. What’s happening? It’s amazing! This universe is amazing.
Q: Guruji, please throw light upon the law of attraction.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: As you sow so shall you reap. Whatever you have inside, you attract similar things towards you. If you have a lack in the realm of the mind that is what happens. Like attracts like on the subtle level whereas in the gross the opposites attract.
SriSriSpeaks: Don’t worry, nobody can shake you. If you feel you are a little bit disturbed, it is just outside, superficial and it will be alright. Or you can also sing, Om Namah Shivaya.
Q: Dear Guruji, I feel surprised when I see some people go back to fighting and blaming each other after coming out from an advanced course session. Why does it happen? Why does the message not go beyond, even after a course sometimes?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Now see, a long habit of fighting, and enjoying the fighting, takes a longer time to go.
There are a small percentage of people whose behaviour cannot be changed overnight, or cannot be changed even in weeks or months. It would take them a while provided they also have the willingness to change.
So, don’t judge people, ‘Oh! They came and did the silence program, they did the advanced course and still they have not changed!’ This is impossible, definitely they have changed, but it may not have come totally in their expressions.
Ask them how they feel; ’before you used to fight and now also you fight. Do you find a qualitative difference?’ You will find the answer in the affirmative. They will say, ‘Yes! Before I used to fight and the anger, the impression used to linger on in me. Now, I fight and I forget. I move on.’ This many people have said. This gives you a chance to accept people as they are, before or after.