Saturday, September 24, 2011

'Surrender both the negative and positive qualities to the Divine'

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Q: Each one of us has a message for the world, but maya (delusion) covers it. How to uncover that message?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: When we are peaceful, free of attachment, our message to the world will come on its own.

Q: What is the importance of sankalpa (intention) and how to strengthen it? Does the world move on sankalpa?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The mind is full of sankalpa and vikalpa (imagination, fancy). Each work gets done through sankalpa. Even the act of moving our arm is preceded by the sankalpa in the mind. If twenty sankalpas arise in the mind then nothing gets done. When the mind is peaceful and restful then our sankalpa is powerful.

Q: If opposite values are complementary, then am I good or bad or am I both?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Why do you put a labels of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ on yourself? Take it off and be natural, be at peace. When we assume a negative quality as our own, we feel guilty and when we assume a positive quality as our own, then we become proud. Both of these are signs of being mentally unhealthy.

Q: Is one hour of daily sadhana sufficient for being established in the self (atmasakshatkar)?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Twenty four hours is not sufficient and even ten minutes or just two minutes of total samadhi(meditation) is enough. Sadhana is not samay saapeksh (bound to time). Make your entire life sadhana but don’t turn this into an excuse for not doing sadhana. Also, don’t think that the one hour of sadhana you have done is enough and for the rest of the time you may do as you please.

Q: I am centred on the Divine, yet there is restlessness, though on the outside everything seems perfect.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: In every seeker’s life there comes a time when the heart is at unease, and there is restlessness. In the West, it is known as the “dark day of the soul”. There comes a time when satvik shakti (positive energy) is less and rajogun andtamogun are high, that leads to the restlessness. There are three kinds of taap (penance) and one such taap is known asadhyatmic taap (spiritual misery). Yet it is for a short while. Therefore satsang is very important, especially when you don’t feel like doing it.

Q: What is the importance of the understanding of the effect of time when doing some work?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Astrology is called the eye of knowledge but you cannot rely on today’s astrologers. Don’t run after astrology. It is a field of knowledge, shastra (traditional science) and is true, yet the everyday forecasts are not taken seriously by anyone. Sadhana is effective and powerful. Shivji is Mahakaal (One who destroys time). Whatever is the kaal (time) just sayOm Namah Shivaya, as it contains all the five elements and there is nothing outside of it. This is a very powerful mantra.

Q: I feel very secure in the ashram and fear going back to the outside world. What can I do?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Ok, have fear. Awaken enthusiasm, whatever happens let it happen. At least believe that you are not alone, the Divine is there. Observe where the fear sensation is – heart, throat and other parts of the body. Do pranyama, bhastrika and Sudarshan Kriya. Keep yourself busy, do not give yourself a lot of time to think, then where is the time to fear?
* kalyuga – Iron Age, Age of Darkness 

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