Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gurudev, how can we feel that we have become connected to you?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
This is very simple, just do you doubt it? Do you know why? It is because you are already aware that the connection has been established. If you did not have any connection with me, then these questions would never arise.
The fact that you asked this question means that the connection is there. That’s it! Just take it for granted that the connection is there and it is very strong. Do not get misled by silly thoughts like, 'Oh, Gurudev looked at him but not at me', or 'Gurudev smiled at her but not at me'. Do not think like this at all.
How do you experience your connection with the air, or the space around you? What is there to experience? I tell you, just relax and repose in yourself. then everything is yours.

Q: Gurudev, Lord Krishna says, 'I ensure the victory of dharma. We can take the help of adharma (injustice)'. Can a lay man adopt this method?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
You have some idea in your mind, and you are asking an indirect question and expecting a direct answer from me. When I give you a direct answer, you will apply it indirectly. I am not going to get caught.
Why you should not do something wrong? Let us understand this first.
If you do something wrong, it will take away your sleep, you peace of mind and it will destroy your health. Something will prick the mind.
When something keeps pricking the mind, then you are unable to do anything creative, and you become unhappy.
Why you should not cheat others? It is because you don’t want anyone to cheat you, isn’t it? Anything which you do to someone comes back to you. This is the karma principle. Very simple.

Q: Gurudev, Despite all the developments and the abundance of spiritual wealth in our country, why are the youngsters still yearning to go abroad? India does not seem to them as a place worth living.

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Well, it is good that our people go abroad. There are many opportunities in other countries.
If you observe today, people everywhere are traveling and spreading their roots in different countries. It is only us Indians who are not traveling and spreading our roots in other countries.
What is important is, once we settle abroad, we should not change and forget our roots and our traditions. We should maintain our cultural identity even after moving to a foreign country.
This is what used to happen earlier. Someone would be known by the surname ‘Chauhan’, but after migrating to another country, he would change his name to Peter.
Someone who called himself as Krishna changes his name to Chris after moving to a foreign country.
So in earlier days, people used to change their names once they moved to a foreign country. It does not happen any more these days. Though I have heard that people who work in call centres in cities like Mumbai often change their names. You should not change your original name. Keep your name and your cultural identity intact.
In China, where there is a predominance of Chinese people, even the signboards are written in Mandarin and not in English. Similarly, if you travel to Vancouver in Canada, in certain areas you will see that signboards are written in Punjabi. This is because the Punjabi people who migrated to Canada to make a living have kept their culture and traditions alive.
Even today, they have constructed and maintained Gurudwaras there. Many Punjabis there have taken up farming as a full time profession and are earning very well, but they do not know to speak in English.
They have not forgotten their language and culture. We need to promote the same kind of sentiment in India also. People in India must feel a sense of pride towards their language and culture. We all need to work towards that.

Q: Gurudev, When should one stop engaging with the world and be free completely?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
While engaging in the world you should feel the freedom.
When you sit for meditation that is when you should completely disengage from the world. And when you come back to activity, then you should have keen awareness. Develop that mindfulness and keen awareness.

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