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As an extension of inner peace, I like to see myself being useful to society, a small hand in the vast mechanism of the Universe, participating in a process much larger than my limited identity offers. Knowing that my smallest, most trivial needs are being taken care of by a loving, unseen Hand, I feel waves of gratitude flood me, until they pour down my face as tears. Seva is nothing but an expression of thanksgiving to the Divine. It stems from that space of thankfulness, “O God, you have done so much for me, and you are so quiet in your ways! What can I do for you? Please align me to your work.”
Five years of being in Art of Living, Bangalore and listening to the teachings of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji,has taught me that being useful brings spontaneity, enthusiasm and gratitude in life. Where once upon a time, driven by personal ambitions, my life appeared futile, life through seva has become valuable. Without any personal agendas to be fulfilled, life takes on a dramatic leap into a fearless, joyful arena of love. Life is lived as a game and challenges are faced with a smile.
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An organization cannot happen, orderliness cannot prevail, if the formalities are abandoned. All actions are measured steps of formality. Devotion is informal and totally chaotic.
Cordiality is the core of one’s existence, formality is the outer shell. When the outer shell is thin, it can reflect the inner light. Like the dome of the lamp softens the light. But if the dome is too opaque, you cannot see the light. So, we need to strike a balance between cordial formality and formal cordiality.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji: Now, you stop demanding love from the person. If you demand love or ask proof of their love, you are destroying it. How can someone prove their love to you? You should not burden the person.
Suppose, someone asks you every day, ‘Are you honest? Are you honest?’ What will you feel? Bad right? Similarly, if you keep asking someone, ‘Do you really love me?’ How will the person feel?
The burden to prove one’s love is a very big. Your fiancé is coming to you to find comfort, and instead of giving the person comfort, you make him miserable. You should stop demanding love. Love should be given and not demanded.
“You cannot always suppress your emotion and you cannot always keep expressing your emotion. Both will bring you difficulties and trouble.” - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Dear Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, I am living in a phase in which I am allowing my emotions to take over me, and I am aware of this. Otherwise, I feel they get suppressed. Am I on the right path?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Emotions are such that sometimes you should abstain from them, and sometimes you should express them. You can’t take extreme views here.
If you always suppress your emotion you will be in trouble. If you always keep expressing your emotions, then also you will be in trouble and you will put others also in trouble. That’s why emotions should be streamlined through wisdom. When there is wisdom then you know which emotion to express and which not to express. And where you should express, and where you should not.
Imbibing a bit of avadhoot and a bit of activism in your life is the real significance of celebrating Janmashtami.” - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Wisdom by Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji's words :
Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Ashtami is significant as it indicates a perfect balance between the seen and the unseen aspects of reality; the visible material world and the invisible spiritual realm.
Krishna’s birth on Ashtami signifies his mastery of both the spiritual and material worlds. He is a great teacher and a spiritual inspiration as well as the consummate politician. On one hand, he is Yogeshwara (the Lord of Yogas — the state to which every yogi aspires) while on the other, he is a mischievous thief.
The unique quality of Krishna is that he is at once more pious than the saints and yet a thorough mischief-monger! His behaviour is a perfect balance of the extremes — perhaps this is why the personality of Krishna is so difficult to fathom. The avdhoot is oblivious to the world outside and a materialistic person, a politician or a king is oblivious to the spiritual world. But Krishna is both Dwarkadheesh and Yogeshwar.
Krishna’s teachings are most relevant to our times in the sense that they neither let you get lost in material pursuits nor make you completely withdrawn. They rekindle your life, from being a burnt-out and stressed personality to a more centred and dynamic one. Krishna teaches us devotion with skill. To celebrate Gokulashtami is to imbibe extremely opposite yet compatible qualities and manifest them in your own life.
Hence the most authentic way of celebrating Janamashtami is knowing that you have to play a dual role — of being a responsible human being on the planet and at the same time to realize that you are above all events, the untouched Brahman.
Yes, I am one of them (laughter). At least, some people think so!
Q: Gurudev, there are some rapid fire questions.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Love: Your nature. Politics: Nature of the world. Master: Indispensable. Education: Needed. Seva: Intelligent people do it. Money: Intelligent don’t worry about it. Wisdom: You need to acquire it. Technology: Brings comfort, it should be used for comfort. Health: Most people ignore it. Relationships: Where people get stuck. Heart: That comes under the hat. Karma: It is my karma to answer these questions, and your karma to hear them. Power: Should not be misused.
Wisdom by Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar “Sadhana also has to be done progressively, step by step.” - wisdom words from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Q: Gurudev, if sadhana is the wealth that goes with us when we depart from the world, then why do we not invest our…
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When we are relaxed, outer manifestations of stress like pimples and rashes reduce. The Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique releases accumulated stresses from both the body and the mind making us relaxed and also helps for glowing skin.
How can you keep them together? They are already one. Where is the question of combining them? In the nature of form, it is world, and same is God in its formless nature. You don’t have to do anything to bring them together.
Meditation and music: Harmony in sound is music and harmony in life can happen through meditation. Meditation gives us the strength to tune our life the way we want to. When we meditate, creativity dawns and the quality of our music changes.
Somewhere in my quest for better living, I came across an Organization known as The Art of Living. The name itself sounded curious and for a meandering soul like me, I wanted to know more about it. I came to know that the founder of this foundation is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a modern day spiritual master who has touched the lives of millions across the globe.
The enthusiastic volunteers encouraged me to experience their course and see for myself. I participated in a six day program that made me look into many aspects of life that we take for granted or simply fail to implement.I also learned a breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya,taught in the 6 day Happiness Program of The Art of Living,that has left a profound impact on me. I came out of the program a completely changed man in terms of how I should look at life and how I react to situations.
The Art of Living Foundation is an international NGO, focused on various dimensions such as social transformation, child eduction, women and youth empowerment and world peace through yoga meditation, Sudarshan Kriya and other spiritual philosophies
Navratri is a vibrant festival, known for its array of colors and gaiety. It is also associated with silence, with a strong focus on chanting shlokas, fasting, and prayers. Many people look at it as a time to turn inward through meditation.
The entire creation is a huge organization. Everything is made up of atoms. The whole world is nothing but organization, where the atoms have decided to organize themselves in a specific pattern to form a particular substance. And those particular patterns bring them specific qualities.
Death/decay/transformationhappens when the atoms get bored of patterns and decide to recognise themselves.
e.g. : When the atoms of the apple say "Enough of being an apple", that's when the rotting starts. If there is never boredom of patterns, there can be no decay.
The movement from one organized state to another is also organized. This is the transient organization which we call chaos. This transient organization may need a catalyst. Knowledge is such a catalyst.
So, you have absolutely no escape from organisation.
Relationship between ego and talent-Talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Gurudev, why is there this huge ego that comes with talent? What is the relationship between ego and talent? For example, many talented singers do not let new singers come up. Why so?
Humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If there is talent, there will always be some such problems. It is difficult to see all good everywhere, and prakriti (nature) brings some such negative tendency somewhere or the other.
Those who are talented, normally, they are very emotional. They tend to get angry very quickly, lose their balance very fast. These things happen, and we have to manage such things.
“ Only in the state of Being when you are full of love and compassion can you ever be free from all judgements.” - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Wisdom by Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says :
Though you have heard “don’t judge,” judgement comes unavoidably in day-to-day life. By the actions and behaviors of people, you either approve or disapprove. But always remember that everything is changing, and do not hold onto the judgement. Otherwise your judgement gets solidified like a rock. It brings misery for you and for others.
If judgements are lighter like air, like a breeze, they bring in fragrance, then move away. They could bring a foul smell, then move away. They should not stay there forever.
Judgements are so subtle that you are not even aware of their existence. Judging or labeling someone as judgmental is also a judgement. Only in the state of Being when you are full of love and compassion can you ever be free from all judgements.
Yet the world cannot move without judgements. Until you judge something as good or bad, you cannot do any actions. If you see rotten apples in the market, you say, “No good.” Good ones you buy. If someone lies to you ten times, you think next time it also could be a lie. A judgment happens automatically. See the possibility that people and things can change at any time and don’t hold onto the judgements.
You need to judge your company. Your company can pull you up or pull you down. The company that drags you towards doubt, dejection, blame, complaints, anger, delusion, and desires is bad company. The company that pulls you up towards joy, enthusiasm, service, love, trust, and Knowledge is good company.
When someone complains, first you listen, then you nod, then you sympathize, then you complain.
Your company can create Hell for you in Heaven – or Heaven for you in Hell. Judge for yourself … !
Q: What is the specialty of the River Ganges that the water can wash away our karmas?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, it is true that the water from the Ganges is quite special; this is all I can say. Do you know of the 5 Gans? They are Ganga, Ganesha, Guru, Gita and you figure out the fifth one. Someone says Gaan (song) or Gyaan (knowledge); I have told you four, now it is up to you to figure out the fifth one.
Q: Gurudev, there are some rapid fire questions.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Fire: One of the five elements. Angels: Rule the planets. Anger: Ruins life. Future: Work for it. Marriage: Option. Teacher: Deserves respect. Success: Follows you, if you follow knowledge. Country: Not just geographical boundary, but more than that. Krishna: Your soul. Intelligence: We don’t lack it. Corruption: Should be done away with. Craziness: Makes the world more fun.
Wisdom by Spiritual leader and Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Gurudev, could you please explain the journey from the ego to the Self? How to accomplish this easily?
Humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If the ego makes the journey, it will say, ‘See I made the journey to the Self’. Then, it has not even moved an inch. It is not a journey from one to the other. If you find that you have an ego, just let it be there. Why do you worry about it? Don’t try to meddle with it or erase it. The antidote for ego is to be natural, simply natural. And you cannot get out of the Self. Self is the consciousness that everything is made up of. That is you, and everything around you. You say ‘I’, that ‘I’ is made up of the Self. Your body, mind and everything is made up of the Self. Self is like space. You can never get out of it, and you can never do anything about it.
Q: Gurudev, you spoke about politics but what about business especially for youngsters? Any specific advice you have for people who want to get into business?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, go for it. Be ethical when you do business. You don’t need to be in a rush to make money overnight. Think about creating a stable, sustainable business. Don’t be too greedy, but at the same time, have a vision and an ambition. Let that vision and ambition not turn into greed, where it takes you beyond ethics and makes you collapse. Don’t get carried away by greed.
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