Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gurudev, why was the world created?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
For you to ask this question! If it was not created, how would you even ask this question?

We are all thinking about the creation of the world. Is a mirage created? When was it created?
Do you know what a mirage is? On a hot summer day, in the dessert, you see (the illusion of) what appears to be water, but is not. That is a mirage.

If someone says, ‘When was this water created?’ You say, ‘It was never created, it only appears.’
Similarly, this world was never created, it appears.
This is a higher knowledge, it is knowledge from Yoga Vashishtha. If it goes above the head, never mind! We can discuss that sometime later. The truth is this world was never created, it only appears.

I can't tell you more about this, it is a highly-guarded secret.

Gurudev, are you God or are you a great human being?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Listen, whoever I am, first you should find out who you are.
I am far but you are very near to yourself. So first know that which is near to you, then try to know that which is far!

First contemplate upon, 'Who am I?' and then think about me. When you truly realize who you are, then you don’t need to understand anything else, and then you will automatically understand who I am also.
There must have been a similar question in Arjuna’s mind also. But before he could even ask that question to Lord Krishna, the Lord answered, saying 'In whichever way one perceives and worships Me, I reveal myself to them in that very form'.

Why did Lord Krishna say so? Lord Krishna says, 'This is because I am hollow and empty, I am nothing. When I am nothing then whoever sees Me in whichever form that is dear to them, I appear to them in that way'.

Many of our saints have said the same thing. They have said that one should be as simple and easy as water. Just like water takes the form of a vessel in which it is poured, in the same way, our consciousness should also have the same quality.

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