Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gurudev, what is the Atma (soul)?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
It is the cause behind your very existence. Without it, you would not exist. The Atma is that which listens through the ears, perceives through the eyes, smells through the nose, tastes through the tongue, and which is the reason for everything that happens

Q: Gurudev, How can we stop thinking the same recurring thought?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
There is no way, because you recognize the thoughts only after they have already come. Isn’t it? They come and then you recognize it.
So when you recognize it, get busy. If you simply sit, you will keep thinking a lot. If you keep acting, you will feel that you are more with the flow.

Q: Gurudev, When we are in a state of inner happiness and contentment, then why do we lose this state again?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
You are in this world, you are not on an island. You are in a pool of energy of so many people. Don’t sit and worry about 'Why I am feeling this way' or 'Why am I feeling that way'. Time and place have an influence on your mind. This is the reason why we should do whatever we can to improve the society around us, and to help others.
Don’t you think we should create a wave of happiness in the society? Let us do it.
When we bring such a wave of happiness, you will see misery becomes lesser and lesser.

Q: Gurudev, How did Buddha attain enlightenment without doing sadhana, seva, or satsang?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Who said that Buddha did not meditate? Meditation is sadhana!
Buddha also travelled to so many places and served the people. He listened to everyone's problems, and taught them meditation. Isn't this seva?
Who said he didn't do satsang? Every day they would sit and do satsang. All the Buddhist scriptures are from these satsang only. He sang and spoke in Pali (a Middle Indo-Aryan language).
He is the one who said, 'Bhavatu sabba mangalam, rakkhantu sabba devata' (May all beings be happy, and may all the Gods protect you).
In those days the language used was Pali, so whatever Buddha spoke and sang in Pali, is what has become the Buddhist scriptures today.
If you look at it that way, then you can say that Lord Krishna did do much. He recited the Bhagavad Gita.
In fact Lord Buddha did a lot. He meditated a lot, he fasted a lot. Whatever anyone told him to do, he did. After doing so much, when finally he got very tired, that is when he got enlightenment.
Buddha did a lot of sadhana. Krishna did not do much sadhana at all. He was mischievous; he did something here, and then he went and did something there. That is why it is called Krishna Leela (The Play of Krishna), and Buddha Katha (The Story of Buddha).

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