Q: Guruji, is there any effective way of dealing with anxiety?
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Q: Guruji, is there any effective way of dealing with anxiety? I feel anxious even for small household jobs.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Ujjayi pranayam. Keep doing it several times now and then and notice it will start reducing from the very first sitting. Also, regular meditation.
Q: Dear Guruji, while answering a question, you mentioned that our energy level goes down after watching movies. But when I watch you Guruji, I feel more energy.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: That’s ok! So, you have your own experience. What I am saying is, when you see people who go into movie theatres, they look so fresh and energetic. When they come out of the movie theatre, look at their faces. They look so tired and dull! They are not coming out with great enthusiasm or energy, but all drained. Isn’t it the experience? I am not saying you should never watch movies. You can watch movies, doesn’t matter, but not too many and not too often, take care. You need to be updated about the news, but you don’t have to watch the same violence, domestic fights and all these sort of things. Then when you close your eyes you see all that violence in your mind. That is no good for a Sadhak.
Q: Dear Guruji, I don’t have any questions. All I want to say is that I love you and thank you for everything. But tell me Guruji, do you want to say anything to me?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Listen, I have been saying it all the time! What I want to say, I keep saying, right?
Q: (A member of the audience spontaneously asked a question without speaking into the mike. The question was inaudible in the recording.)
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: See, you should never think the future is karma or destiny. See the past as destiny, future as free will and be happy in the present. This is the intelligent way to be. You know what the fools do? They keep regretting the past, thinking the past was free will, and they think future is all destined and they don’t do anything about it and in the present they are miserable. So, you have two choices, got it?