The ocean is the lowest. How has the ocean become an ocean? It has accepted the lowest. Can there be anything lower than an ocean? All rivers from the mountain tops flow down to the ocean. The Ocean is full. The humblest is the greatest. – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, if love resides at the level of chetna (consciousness) alone; then what is the need of relationships?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Consciousness expresses itself through the person. And relationships happen among different persons. If you do not feel the need for any relationship, then you cannot establish any relationship by force. The fact that you are asking a question about the need for relationships means you feel the need for relationships somewhere. Otherwise the question would not have arisen in the first place.
You are struggling with yourself and feel the need for relationships, yet your ego comes in between and you feel, Oh I dont need any relationships. Or you are not sure whether you need or do not need relationships. That is why I say that whether relationships stand or fade away, you should not get affected. You just relax within your Self. When you meditate, keep everything aside and just repose in your Self. And while dealing or interacting with others in the world, form good relationships with them all.
What is the nature of water? Water, when it reaches the ocean, does not always remain there. It rises high as the clouds and then comes down again as water. Feelings and water are synonymous. – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, does one attain knowledge according to his karma?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: For attaining knowledge the desire for knowledge should be awakened. Now if you ask me, is the desire for knowledge based on one’s karma? Yes! But knowledge eliminates karma.
Be happy and spread happiness to others as well. – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, how do you get to know of our problems before we even speak them out? And even before we can do something, they get solved and I am sure that it’s all because of you. Please tell me how does this happen?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Why should I tell you my secret?
When the sun is there, then whether the candle is lit or not makes no difference. To realise that all pleasures are just stimuli and that you are more than the stimuli brings freedom. – Sri Sri
Q: Dear Guruji, in the Quran it is said, ‘You are god, you are one, you are eternal. You are not born nor have you given birth. Nobody and nothing is like you.’ This is confusing especially when it says, ’nobody and nothing is like you.’ Could you please say something about this?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Well, this is perfect. This is exactly what is said in the Vedas as well. In Sanskrit it is said, ‘Ekam’, you are one, you are eternal. You are not born, you have not given birth. When nothing is born nothing dies, you are eternal. These are the descriptions of the consciousness of the divinity. Divinity is only one, space is only one. It is never born and so it is eternal; it is peace, it is love, it is joy, it is bliss and that is what everybody is.
On one level, it is said consciousness is not body. On another higher level, it is said everything is consciousness, even that which is born. And one step further, it is said consciousness is never born nor has it created anything. On the other hand, it is said consciousness is everything and when the body is made up of everything, everything is consciousness.
These are two different ways of describing consciousness: it is empty like space and full like the ocean. Quran has emphasized on one aspect, the emptiness aspect, the formless aspect. In the Vedas, they have taken the formless as well as the form also. The entire formless is also of the form only, every bubble that has arisen out of the water is also part of the water.
Depression and low feelings cannot touch you. They can do nothing to you. However big the clouds are, they cannot overshadow the sun. It could be the darkest day, but still it will remain day, and those clouds can never make it night. So, when clouds are there, you don’t have to shiver. Just go deep, observe and you will see a lot of sensations rising up. Some fears come up. What is fear? Just a sensation in the body. Agree to it, “All right, let it be. I will dive into it today.” An amazing thing happens within you, a phenomenon. – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, Intuition is important for entrepreneurs as it creates unique resources for gaining competitive advantages. From a management context, we are saying that companies that are investing in resources with unique capabilities are at an advantage. If we spread spirituality everywhere, what will be the uniqueness then, and how will we still gain the competitive advantage?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: We all sleep; we all have a good meal and a good nap. If everyone takes very good and deep sleep, will they all become the same? No! If everyone has a good meal, will they all express themselves in the same way? No! But everyone is entitled to have a good sleep, and everyone is entitled to listen to good music, be relaxed and be happy.
Being happy does not bar you from being unique. It is not that if the sun comes through one window, it comes in any way less from another window. Spirituality is like that – everyone is entitled to enjoy the full sunshine without having to worry that if someone else is enjoying the sunshine as well then they will get less of it. Nature is abundant, and spirituality is something basic to our life.
So everyone can learn how to manage their anger. Everyone can learn how to feel uplifted and elevated. Everyone has the right to be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is not the property of just a few people, and others should be unenthusiastic about things, no! Everyone can be enthusiastic, unique and creative in their own way. And spirituality is that which supports this – the growth of every human being.
What is a life? How many years? See with your own eyes. Open your eyes and see how time has passed like that, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years. And in those fifty years, see how you have been tossed by your feelings. When you follow your feelings, have you ever felt peace at any time? You will see the answer is “No”. So, don’t base your life on feelings. Base it on commitment, conviction, truth, wisdom and love. Base Life on love and giving. – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, I have left my habit of drinking and smoking after the course. But my parents are still stuck up in these. What can I do?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If your mother or father had not done the course, and is drinking alcohol, then certainly you are not having a cordial relationship. Allure them by any means, and get them into the course, then see they will also leave any addictive habit. Today, the problem is that so many homes have become slave of alcohol. It is a matter of sadness.
There are so many children who ask how their parents can leave these bad habits. You have to do work for this. You have to apply some tactic. It is not only that only parents improve the children, sometimes children also improve their parents.
Q: Guruji, when I focus on my work or sadhna, my relationships suffer. I want to focus on my sadhna, yet want people around me to be happy. How do I achieve this?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Skillfully! You have to do both. It will come spontaneously.
Whenever we accumulate restlessness, we can get rid of it through deep meditation. This is very important. – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, what should one ask for from a Satguru? Is there a need for prayer when a Satguru is there?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Whatever need arises, you ask, that is why it is called ‘need’. You can’t sit and think what I should ask. Whatever is your requirement, whatever is your need that will come as a question, as a request, yes!
The pleasure of the senses is attained through effort but true happiness lies in the pleasure that is attained through being effortless, the pleasure of meditation. The happiness derived from meditation is many, many times more than the pleasure got from effort. – Sri Sri
Q: Guruji, I am in a job where nothing gets done without bribing government officials. Give your guidance, now I am very much confused. How can I be a go-getter without giving bribe?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You have to look into the eyes of those people who want bribe and tell them that, look I am on the spiritual path, I am not going to bribe. If you want me to come fifty times, I will come, but I will not give any bribe. Your voice style should be very firm and gentle, with much sweetness and firmness. Several times we speak the truth, but express with anger.