Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gurudev, we see a lot of alcoholism is going on. How do we save our health and mind from alcohol?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
See, Gujarat is the first state where beef and alcohol, both are banned. And slowly similarly every province should start banning alcohol. And at same time, we should start teaching happiness programs in all villages, and in all the slums. This will definitely help.

Gurudev, what is the meaning of 'dhriti'? What dhriti did Dhritarashtra (father of the Kauravas in the Mahabharata) have?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Dhrita means To Uphold.
Dhritarashtra means one who holds the nation. If the one who upholds the nation is blind, then war is inevitable.
If one who upholds the nation, he and his wife, both are blind (Dhritarashtra who was naturally blind and his wife Gandhari who was willfully blind) then what can happen to the nation? Nothing but war.
See, in those days, even the names had so much meaning; it is so beautiful.
Dhriti means something which supports, and Dharma also means the same thing.Dharma is that which supports life. Dharma upholds life, preventing it from falling down.

Q: Gurudev, You say that if 1% of the population meditates, it benefits the rest of the 99%. Can you please explain?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
The whole universe is just vibrations. You can see this.
Suppose in a group, one person gets agitated, see how it spreads to everybody. Everyone gets disturbed. In the same way, if one person is peaceful, that peace radiates.

Dear Gurudev, how do I learn forgiveness?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Why do you want to learn? Why do you want to take all the trouble? Hold on to your grudge, and when you cannot then you have already forgiven (the person).
It’s not easy to hold on to a grudge against somebody. If you are wise you’d say, 'I am tired of this grudgeful feeling'. The moment the grudge falls, you have already forgiven.
Forgiving is not an active engagement, ‘Oh, I forgive you from now’. If it is an action of that sort, then that forgiveness has only boosted the ego. Forgiveness happens as a result of being unable to hold on to the grudge, to bear the pain of hatred, and to sustain that anger.
You’re angry with somebody, but at some point you say, ‘Let me give up. I don’t care.’ Then you have forgiven them.
How long can you hold on to a grudge? It wears you down. You feel so tired, exhausted, and sick. At some point you say, 'I don’t want to be sick anymore', then you have automatically forgiven.
That forgiveness is the one without ego. You don’t even know that you’re forgiving. You say, ‘Never mind, let’s move on’.
When you think, ‘I have forgiven you today consciously’, you have not forgiven! Still you are holding on to something and you expect them to behave in a certain manner. It is very subtle.

Gurudev, how many times should we pray in a day? And how should it be done?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Whenever you wake up from sleep, at that time remember God. And before sleeping as well.
Some people say to remember God 24 hours. Now this is not possible. When can you pray? When you are awake. You cannot pray while you are sleeping.

So, when should pray? Anytime from the time you wake up, to the time you go to sleep.
Now, how many times should one pray? In Vedic scriptures, it is said to pray 3 times; at sunrise, at noon, and at sunset. These three times you should pray, meditate or chant the Gayatri Mantra. This has been said.

Still, I would say, whenever you can, remember God. Remember God when you look at flowers, when look at trees, or the river; wherever you look, remember God.

Whenever happiness fills up within you, when you feel grateful, on all these occasions, remember god. Prayer and remembrance are not time bound. As many times as you like you can remember God.
If you love someone, can you say that you will only remember them five times a day? Whoever you love, they can come to your mind at anytime! Many times, loves don't even take a break, they think of their lover all the time; while walking, eating, working; all the time their lover is on their mind.
See, prayer happens on two occasions. One is, when you feel so grateful then prayer happens. Or, when you feel utterly helpless, then also prayer happens.

In these two occasions, prayer automatically happens. But if you consciously want to make prayer a part of your routine, I would say, pray as soon as you wake up. Sit and meditate. Before and after meditation you can do a couple minutes of some chanting.
Then, before having food for a couple of minutes. Before going to bed, for a couple of minutes. Like this, make your whole life prayerful.

Gurudev, what is the meaning of 'dhriti'? What dhriti did Dhritarashtra (father of the Kauravas in the Mahabharata) have?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Dhrita means To Uphold.
Dhritarashtra means one who holds the nation. If the one who upholds the nation is blind, then war is inevitable.
If one who upholds the nation, he and his wife, both are blind (Dhritarashtra who was naturally blind and his wife Gandhari who was willfully blind) then what can happen to the nation? Nothing but war.
See, in those days, even the names had so much meaning; it is so beautiful.
Dhriti means something which supports, and Dharma also means the same thing.Dharma is that which supports life. Dharma upholds life, preventing it from falling down.

Gurudev, in the Bible it is mentioned that, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Was Christ a communist; was he against rich people?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
I heard another interpretation. In Jerusalem, there is a door that is called 'The Eye of the Needle Gate'. So this could be one of the interpretations.
This door is very small, it is not big and so it is difficult for a camel to move through it.
You know, when prophets say something, they say it according to that time and the people present at that time. Which is why he might have said that.
This does not mean that all rich people are bad, or he was communist. You should take the essence behind his words.
If you are insensitive then there is no way you can go to heaven. That is the essence.
In those days, perhaps those who were very rich were insensitive people, and they didn’t care for others, they cared only for money. So he must have said that.
In fact, you know, Bible was written 70 years after Jesus. After he left the world, 70 years later, the Bible was written. So the authenticity of that is also a big question now. Recently, they found 1500 year old scrolls, which says that Jesus was never crucified. This also came in the newspaper.
So they found these copper plates with inscriptions on them that has a completely different story of Jesus Christ.
So, you should always see the essence behind; what is the purpose behind those words rather than hold on to the words.
Jesus has said, 'I have come, not to make peace but to put father against son and mother against the daughter'.
Does this mean that Jesus wants to break all the families? No! You must always see the context; the purpose and the essence behind those words.
So, it is not that Jesus is against the rich. He was against violence, he was against insensitivity. Rather I would say, he was for harmony, he was for sensitivity. He wanted people to be sensitive. And he was for dynamism.
In those days, the young generation would simply listen to the older generation, and not take any revolutionary steps, or bring any change. They just accepted injustice and kept quiet. There was so much slavery, so much poverty, yet people simply accepted. The older generation accepted, and the younger generations would also start accepting, and they would lead the same miserable life.
That is why he said, 'I have not come here to just bring peace, but I have come here to put father against son, and mother against daughter because I want to bring change. I want the younger generation to rebel against, what the older generation are miserably going through and accepting'.
So he said, 'I have come to put the son against the father'.
So, in the same way, a camel can go through the eye of the needle, but a rich man cannot, simply meant that if you are insensitive, if you don’t do any service and keep all things only for yourself then you will have no joy!
You know, there is joy in giving, there is joy in contributing.
Heaven means what? Happiness and joywho is very stingy cannot experience the joy of giving. That is what it meant.
If this is what communism is, sharing with everybody, then yes, he was a communist.
If you say communism is not accepting God, then he was not a communist.
If communism means justice for all, sharing with everyone; if that is the definition for communism, then he was one.
Even today, many people do not know that millions of people were killed just so that a few communist leaders could remain in power.
For these people to be in power. Many thousands and thousands of lives were lost. It was a red revolution. It was not a peaceful revolution. It was the bloodiest of revolutions in the world.
If communism still tends to breed violence, we are against communism. It doesn’t matter whether they accept God or not, that is a very small thing.
You can be an atheist, it doesn’t matter. You can be a good human being, being an atheist. But in the name of communism if you allow or justify violence, it is not acceptable. And that is what happened.
In West Bengal, why people rejected them (communists), because of unbearable violence, unforgivable violence.

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