Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Q: After experiencing happiness and laughter in life, what else does a person need to ask for?

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Q: After experiencing happiness and laughter in life, what else does a person need to ask for?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: It is meaningless to ask, ‘What should I desire?’ Desires arise by themselves based on the need of the hour. To desire a desire is impossible.
Desires are not bad. However, we need to see that the desires are not in opposition to viveka (the power to discriminate between truth and untruth, dharma (righteousness) and adharma etc).
In the Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna says, ‘I am those desires that uphold dharma.’Viveka gives you the awareness to save yourself (from desires that do not uphold dharma). It is necessary to awaken viveka within us. Do not try to suppress desires, awaken viveka in you. Through viveka, there is a transformation in the quality of desires that arise in us.

Q: How can I decide which actions will give me happiness?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Those actions which may seem to bring short term unhappiness yet bring long term happiness are good. Those that seem to bring short term benefits but bring long term misery are bad.

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