Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gurudev, I am very troubled thinking about all the karmas of my past life. Please advise and guide me.

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Just know that the seeds of all such karmas of the past lives get burnt once you come here. So just relax and be happy.
Suppose you have a house that has been locked away for a 100 years. Now you will ask, 'O Gurudev, how can one remove the darkness of 100 years in just a day?'
I tell you, the moment the lamp of knowledge has been lit in your heart, all the darkness (of ignorance and negativity) vanishes away in an instant. In the same way,the seeds of all your past karmas burn away as you go deeper and deeper into Self-knowledge.
When you realize with awareness that 'I am not this body, I am the eternal spirit', any negative effects of your past karmas will simply disappear without affecting you.

Q: Gurudev, Sita buried herself in the Earth, does this mean she committed suicide?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
No, it is not committing suicide. Ramayana, Mahabharata are all written as poems. Also, the only materia medica (medical substance) that is written in poetry form is Ayurveda.
In Ayurveda all the formulas are written as poems.
In the same way, Ramayana and Mahabharata are written as poems. In poetic language we must know that, when it says that they became one with the Earth, it means, they have completed their journey on this planet; they became one with thelinga.
When someone dies here in Karnataka, they say, they became one with the linga. So poetic language is very different.
Recently they have discovered a new Bible written some 1500-1800 years ago. It’s written in gold on a copper plate. They found it near Turkey. It is a very different version that will shock the world. What they have written is much different than the belief that people have today. Scholars are still doing research on it.
Similarly, originally when Mahabharata was written, it was only 25,000 verses. It was called Jaya. Jaya was the name of the Mahabharata. Today, we have 1,25,000 verses. We don’t know how these 1,00,000 words were added to it.
Interpolation happened sometime in the Middle Ages. They started putting things into it.
All that we need to do is take pride of the past and move ahead into the future. The heart longs for the past, but the mind always want new things.
Mind says, something new, the latest. What is the latest model? What is the latest design? What is the latest food? What is the latest fashion? What is the latest technology? Mind wants something that is new, but heart wants something old. You don't say, ‘This is my latest friend.’ You take pride in saying, ‘This is my old friend’. The heart wants to take pride in the old, ‘My old friend.’
When people fall in love with someone, they say, ‘May be we have been in love for many births'.
You take pride in old friendship. The heart longs for the old, mind goes for new and life is a combination of both, old and new.

Q: Gurudev, How to deal with so much injustice in the world?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
If you only think about all the injustice, you will keep boiling. When you keep boiling, you cannot think clearly. When you cannot think clearly, your action will also not be right. And at another level, your action will also contribute to the injustice.
When you see injustice, there are three things to do:
• Take it piece by piece, bit by bit
• Know that there are good people in the world in every field. This world has a hundred good people, and only five bad people. If the world is bad today, it is not because of the five bad elements, it is because of the hundred good people who are sleeping. So wake them up
• Know that there is a universal power that loves you. This power or law will always take care; have that faith.You are not going to protect this planet forever. You are here only for 80-100 years. You have no control over what will happen after 200 years. Nor did you have any control over the 19 billion years that the planet has existed. Know that you don’t have control. All that you can do is pray and wish that the best happens
Do you know our scientists say that the whole solar system is moving in between many black holes? It is just escaping the black holes. At any time the black hole can just suck the solar system, and everything will be finished.
Not just the Earth, the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, everything will be gone, it will disappear into nothing. So when you get so worried, or get so angry about injustice, go to a planetarium and watch! That is the last option!
Before that, wake up people. Create awareness in people, create activism.

Q: Gurudev, If evil is the lack of love, is the solution simply greater love?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Absolutely. Turn towards light and all this will disappear.

Q: Gurudev, Your Holiness, do you believe in evil?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
I don’t believe in evil but I know that evil is the shadow of lack of goodness. It is an absence of goodness, absence of love, and absence of light.
In India we believe in six types of evil: Pride, Greed, Arrogance, Jealousy, Anger and Lust. Any of these distortions of love, or lack of knowledge, lack of wisdom can destroy one’s life.


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