If I can be of use to others, I will be contented, if this feeling comes in us, then there wont be any lack in life. All our work will be finished effortlessly – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, My husband is unfaithful, what to do?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: I have no experience in this. But still I will tell you something, husband may get attracted to other people but his love for you will be more if you understand him in a broader perspective. If you have a broad mind and forgive him two to three times and then you put your foot down on the fourth time and say no, then he will learn. You should not put your foot down on the first time. Three times you forgive him, but the fourth time put your foot down.
Today, surrender all your problems to me. I want to see a smile on your face that never withers. Spend your entire life smiling. Give me your troubles and whole-heartedly engage yourself in seva, sadhana and satsang – Sri Sri
Q: What is the role of God when there is Karma?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The law is God. The law by which everything is happening is God.
See, ailments do come, But dont think about it too much. Sitting and worrying about ailment is not going to help. Spirit of say, we will over come this, such strong Sankalpa will help – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, I seem to have trouble sleeping.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You should undergo the Ayurvedic treatment. In Ayurveda we have the Shankhpushpi Syrup which will help you to sleep well. Also yoga and pranayama will help. You should do pranayama at night, just before going to bed. That will help you sleep.
Similarly some Chinese herbs and Ayurvedic herbs are there which are used to cleanse your body, cleanse your intestine and stomach. Once in a while you must take these herbs. Triphala is an Ayurvedic herb which cleanses the liver and the intestines. Once in a week it is good to use these Ayurvedic herbs. And regular practice of yoga and pranayama makes the body better.
The intelligent spend their time in fun, music and literature and the unintelligent ones spend their time in arguments, fights and being miserable – Sri Sri
Q: In the dreams that we see, at times we see ourself in it, could you let me know who is seeing?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: This is what you need to find out. You can’t get it by listening to answer from anyone. Ask yourself: Who am I?
Everything in the universe is made of God. Because everything is made up of love, Whatever I’m is what you are, Whatever you are is what others as well. – Sri Sri
Q: What is the secret of Karma?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: What you sow, so you reap.
In meditation you become so quiet, you become so deep. That uplifts you and brings value to chanting, to pooja, and to everything. Service and everything becomes more meaningful if you have meditation in life – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, I was thinking since I was a small child that what the original sin is? I never got a satisfactory answer as it couldn’t be about the apple. I wanted to know if you could explain from your perspective what is it all about or is it all a lie?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: I am not a theologian in the first place and so I haven’t studied the original sin concept. So I cannot comment much on that. All I can say is that from Indian perspective sin is that which brings misery to many and merit is that which brings love, happiness and joy to many. Sin is something that could be washed out. It is not your nature. If sin is your very nature, you can never get rid of it. Like if mud is your skin, you cannot get rid of it. But if it is on your skin you can take a dip and it will get washed away. If the flaw is inside the diamond, it can’t be corrected. But if slush is on the diamond, it just needs a little water to be poured on and it gets cleaned.
Here in India we consider sin as a superimposition. There are three things in the yoga- malah, avarna and vikshepa. Malah is impurities in the body, vikshepa is impurity on the mind , restlessness and disturbances in the mind and avarana is the sheath which covers the spirit, which is the ego -identification with one little thing. And the purpose of yoga is to clean the three sheaths of impurity. Yoga loosens up all the three sheaths of impurities. And then the true spirit which is part of the divinity shines through. So I don’t consider sin is your nature but sin is that which you have acquired due to ignorance. And with the light of knowledge it just disappears.
Change is good. It has to. Sometime like this, sometime like that. There is no fun in feeling the same always. When you feel I am far there is longing. When you feel I am close, there is love and bliss. This is the style of life – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, I want to understand the relation between spirituality and the material world? Does material prosperity and the spiritual world coexist?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Prosperity and spirituality can coexist but greed and spirituality can’t coexist. Unethical means of earning money and spirituality simply cannot coexist. If you have a factory or a business, you can continue to do that and still be very ethical. You don’t have to leave your industry, which may be giving employment to a few hundred or more people, for spirituality. There is no need of saying materialism is bad and leaving that you want to go towards spirituality. That is not at all necessary. You can continue doing your duty. This is what is expressed in one of the scriptures ‘Ashtavakra’ where Ashtavakra told king Janaka that he can be a king and be totally spiritual. King Janaka was the embodiment of the highest knowledge. There are many examples like this. What I usually say is ‘keep money in your pocket and not in your heart or head’. When the money is wrongly placed that is when the problem arises. In India, materialism and spirituality are not in conflict with each other. Lakshmi – the symbol of material prosperity is portrayed pressing the feet of Narayana – the symbol of spirituality. We always say LaxmiNarayana which refers to the combination of wealth and spirit. But it is very important to note that greed and spirituality don’t go together.
Unfortunately we associate negative tendencies like greed and jealousy with materialism. Even if you have to do charity, you can’t do it with an empty bowl. How can you think of feeding ten hungry children with no money at hand? Is it not your dharma to feed them? In one of the ancient scriptures in India it is said ‘Righteousness comes from wealth. Proper governance is the basis of the economy‘. I think it is all connected. And the most important is the faith in the being, the highest self – the faith that I am going to get whatever I need and whenever I need. Then you give miracle a chance. Materialism is measuring every step too much. (Then you don’t know when the stock market is going to crash and banks are going to be bankrupt.) Don’t bank your faiths on the banks but bank your faith on the divinity and the power of your own sankalpa (positive sankalapa) and thoughts.
You will see here in India, the lamps have got five wicks and the five wicks symbolize the five senses. Let there be awareness and light in the five senses, that is the wish. Our body is like a lamp and it has five senses and they should all be lit – Sri Sri
Q: My health condition is bad but my mind is in constant action.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Have you done all the remedies? Read Intimate Note to Sincere Seeker. If you have done all that then just wait for the time.
When you are dispassionate, you have strength, and strength is self-reliance. True self-reliance is realizing that nothing is excluded from the Self. And when you realize everything is part of the Self, then you can be passionate about everything! Even to fulfill your passion, you can only rely on the Self, for Self alone is non-changing – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, I have been on this path for many years. Many juniors have gone ahead. I have not been taking enough responsibility.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: That is why. You’re hesitating to take responsibility – this is the problem. Just come out of procrastination. Take responsibility. Have courage, faith and self-confidence. Work will be done then.
Sitting and crying being emotional is not going to help. Wake up and see this is the world and the world has its own metrics. See how you can move forward – Sri Sri
Q: I am not satisfied with the seva I do.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: That is a good sign which shows you are not frustrated.
Why are you worried on how to surrender? What you have with you to surrender. Understand that what is there to surrender. Everything belongs to God anyways from the beginning – Sri Sri
Q: Can one choose their parents and time and place of birth.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, you will always choose as per your karma.
In sleep there is tamo gun, in work there is rajas. When you go beyond these three then sattva improves. To get rid of Tamas, increase Rajo gun. Rajo gun reduces when Sattvic gun increases. Cross all the 3 Gunas and you will become peaceful – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, Is doing manas pooja (worship) to an idol/picture good enough, or should we actually perform it?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The word puja means that which is born out of fullness ( Pu – fullness, Ja –born out of). Just being grateful is also puja. Just offer a flower or even a smile. Seva is puja.
Jana seve Janardhan seve. Service to mankind is puja.
For wealth to come, the mind should be content. The more satisfied we are, the more we progress. An individual who is content, when he blesses others, his blessings will manifest. This is the secret behind blessing. It is a great secret – Sri Sri