Saturday, September 24, 2011

‘Keep your mind peaceful’

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Q: If mukti (liberation) is our nature then why are we in bondage?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Who says mukti is our nature? Our nature is bliss. Love and enjoyment can put you in bondage, if it is devoid of knowledge. With knowledge, the same love, the same enjoyment leads you to the experience of liberation.

Q: Sometimes while doing seva I lose interest. How to avoid this and what could be the reason for this?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Live life with moderation and balance. When you try to avoid the situation, it persists. Upanishads say tat vananeeta upasita , worship the Lord as if He is a forest. A forest has everything - tiger, sheep, cow, parrot, crow, flowers and thorns.

Q: What is jeevan mukta awastha, the state of liberation from life?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: A state where the four desires- jeeveshna, lokeshna, vitteshna and putreshna end or dissolve. That is jeevan mukta awastha. Dying while alive, experiencing that I am not there. The enjoyment and happiness in this state cannot be put in words.

Q: I wish to surrender all my powers. Help me to have a vision of the Infinite (Brahma Darshan).
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Brahma ka darhan nahi hota hai, Brahma hi toh darshan karta hai - the Infinite cannot be seen as it is the Infinite that sees. The seer is Brahma. Do not try to have a vision of it, just be at peace. Surrender the desire and be at peace.

Q: Can we achieve a goal within time? Please tell a way so that we may achieve a hundred percent result.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There is a sukti in Sanskrit - Kriya siddi bhavati mahta, kriya siddhi bhavati satve mahta . An act is perfected by satva. The higher the satvaguna rises in us, an act is achieved easily and without hurdles. When rajoguna and tamoguna are increased, then it takes longer to complete a work.

Q: I want to quit addiction to intoxicants and have come to you with a lot of hope.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Good. You have come to the right place. If you wish to get rid of a bad habit then there are only three ways for it.

Q: No matter how much I try, I end up running after the Divine. Is this devotion or lack of self respect?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: See, no one can take away your self-respect. Yet it is seen that devotees sometimes go so mad with love that they forget everything else! I would say fine, you have ran enough. Now sit at one place. Look within yourself. When you will look within yourself, then the Divine will run after you. Not only the Divine, but the whole world will run after you! Relax and be at peace and do as much seva as you can.

Q: How does the Divine look so lovable and beautiful?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Look within yourself, you are no less!

Q: How to maintain consistency in whatever good work one does?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: After this (inconsistency) happens sometimes, then you get the answer as well. You come to realize that this should be done and it feels good to do it.

Q: Why is it that doing something wrong is easier than doing the right thing?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Is it? I thought to do a wrong deed, requires a lot of effort. See if you like something very much then all your energies go into that direction. Is it easy to slap someone? I don’t think so, I find it very difficult. If you think it is very easy to call someone names then it would be because of an old habit. A lot of people cannot use bad words, even if they wish to.

Q: If the soul is hollow and empty then how are impressions formed on it?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There are no impressions on the soul. Impressions are formed on the mind which is linked with the consciousness. The consciousness covers the soul. Only that covering has the impressions.

Q: Please explain how is it possible for me to give my hundred percent and yet not be feverish?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You forget about feverishness now and just give your hundred percent.

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