SriSriSpeaks: Be Like water. When stones are there on the path of water, what does it do? Water rises above the stones and flows. Similarly obstacles are there in life. You rise above obstacles and move through it. Have patience and flow over them.
Q: How many times should I take bath?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: When ever you sweat or smell, you should. Once atleast; twice preferable.
SriSriSpeaks: If you feel like fighting, then fight. And if you want to slap someone, slap with a smile; not with anger – that makes you weak. When you hit with a smile, you will hit with a lot of strength. That is why the prescribed approach is, ‘Saama, Daana, Bheda, Danda.’ If you start off with a stick that is not right. When you become angry, you will pick up the stick first. That would reverse everything. No, Saama, Daana, Bheda, and at the very end, if a cane is appropriate for the buffalo, then one should pick up a cane.
Q: Dear Guruji, God created this world but who created God?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: I will answer this question but first you should tell me, where is the beginning point of a tennis ball? We have linear thinking, which means everything has to begin somewhere and end somewhere. Something begins and something ends. So the creation happened and one day everything is going to end. This is linear thinking.
But in the East, there is no linear thinking, it is spherical thinking.
They say three things are uncreated and they will never die or never end. What are they?
One is the Divine Energy which you may call God. It is not created and it is never going to end, like space. Can you tell me which is the beginning point of the space and where does it end? No!
Similarly, matter or this whole universe. The universe is ‘Anadi’, means without a beginning and ‘Ananta’, means without an end. So also the souls, the life has no beginning and no end. It appears to end but it is going to begin again. It is like the waves in the ocean. One wave comes and it appears to end, but it is coming back again. The same water goes and comes back again. So, souls have no beginning and no end, the Divine or God has no beginning or no end and the universe has no beginning or no end. In fact all three are one.
So if you want to see God you should stop seeing the world. If you want to see God, just see the whole Universe as energy and that is it.
SriSriSpeaks: Planets do affect us. However, for ‘Sadhaks’ (People on the Spiritual path), the effect is minimum. And for devotees, the effect is negligible. The planets will have very little effect. That is why, when you do sadhana, you sing ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ because Lord Shiva is the lord of all planets. When the master of the house is in your control, what will the servants do?
Q: Guruji, Is Physical pain linked to the mind?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Physical pain and mind are connected, definitely. You know why, because when you sleep or when you are under anesthesia you don’t feel it.
In sleep what happens is the mind shuts off. In anesthesia they put some blocks in the nervous system so that the mind cannot feel that, correct! So the mind definitely has a role to play in pain management. The doctors who specialize in pain management they say how mind, breath, meditation are all very important in pain management.
SriSriSpeaks: Contentment can come by sitting with a contented person; or through satsang. If you sit with a frustrated person, you will become more frustrated. A restless person will spread restlessness. The happy and contented will spread happiness and contentment.
Q: When I know that things are working against me, what should I do? Shall I take God’s name?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: yeah, yeah you can take God’s name. Be peaceful and know that everything is going to be OK. Just tell Jai Gurudev!
SriSriSpeaks: Today, you make two lists; one consisting of what you want and the other consisting of what responsibilities you want to undertake. If our responsibilities are lesser than our requirements, then we will be unhappy. But, if our responsibilities are more than our requirements, then we will be happy.
Q: Guruji, I read your book in which you have said, ‘if you think you have to make a decision you are confused.’ I still feel confused. What to do?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, when you think you have to make a decision that means you are confused and you have not decided. If you have decided you won’t say you need to decide.
If you say, ‘I am hungry’, that means you have not eaten. If you have eaten then you are not hungry, correct. And my job is to confuse you and not to convince anybody.
Every time you are confused you grow one step higher, so it is good.