Thursday, March 31, 2011

DEVOTION!

Q: Even after being born as a human being who is the highest among all the species on this planet why do we desire freedom? Is there more beautiful than this?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: See wanting happiness is natural, everyone wants happiness but happiness does not come alone. Happiness brings along his twin sorrow also with him but no one likes sorrow and everyone wants freedom from sorrow. Freedom one wants from what? Sorrow and to want freedom from sorrow also is natural. Just as much as wanting happiness is natural the same way wanting freedom from sorrow is also natural. Okay, now the faster one realizes that happiness is there but sorrow is also there then the desire for freedom becomes stronger.The one who does not wish for happiness receives freedom and the one who does not even wish for freedom is the one who receives devotion. One who does not crave for happiness is already free but if one craves for happiness then one will also crave for freedom. When happiness does not please you then you have achieved freedom but when freedom also does not please you then you receive DEVOTION! Devotion brings so much happiness and pleasure to you. ___________________________________________ _____


Q: Guruji, you say the love is great and fearless. Then why is it that the person I am in love with is so fearful?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The one you are in love with is fearful? Okay! That we don’t know how much you have scared him that he has become so fearful. First see whether the person you are in love with is also in love with you. See, sometimes we think we love someone but we don’t even know how to properly express our love to another. It is very hard to express how much love you are feeling in your heart to someone else. How are you going the express? With words you will not be able to express. Something as deep as love does not come in the realm of expression. It is very difficult to express and sometimes when you try very hard and with a lot of effort to express this love people get scared. The other person should also know how to accept and receive your love isn’t it? That’s why it is important to know to how to express and how much of our love to express to each person, yeah!Just imagine you have someone day and night calling you again and again and telling you, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you’, then what you will say, okay, yes, you love me, fine what next, right?!So until we do not turn towards wisdom we are not able to properly express or receive love, for that also there is some eligibility. With wisdom one is so full of love that love exudes from every action. In life when we embrace the divinity then all our relationships blossom by themselves but if you try to fix your relationships one by one it does not work. From one side things will get better and from the other side it will get worse, so you be centered in yourself, be in devotion and everything else will be taken care of. ____________________________________________

Everything is happening... you are just witness!

Q: Even after giving 100% effort one does not succeed, what is the reason behind this?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: See; don’t think that by giving your 100% alone that work gets done. For success or work to get done there are five things you require. First the intention of the person who is doing, then availability of the instruments or things needed to do the work, then the willingness or mindset to do the work. Then doing the work at the right time, there is a time to do the work, if you don’t do it at the right time then there is no use. If you sow seeds in February then there is no use, you then cannot say that I sowed the seeds but nothing has come. You have to wait till April after the rain then you sow the seeds and then you yield the results. So time is a very important factor and you could get results now or you could get it later that also you cannot say. When we came to this Ashram this whole land was barren, there was not one leaf or one tree on this land. Today see how many trees and plants are there and these trees did not come in one day, so many people have put lots of effort and after some time the trees grew. So this is how time is an important factor and then grace. Without grace of the divine there will be no success, that is why if you want grace then you must do Seva, sadhana, satsang and in time you will get the fruits of all your efforts. Okay! None of your efforts will go waste that you should be assured about, if not now you will see the results later.


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Q: Guruji what is the use of Seva? How does it help meditation?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Listen, suppose you are stranded in some place and you need someone to give you a lift in their car or taxi and nobody stops their car to give you a lift, how would you feel? You are carrying two bags and you have to go to the restroom in a railway station. You can’t leave the bags unattended and you have to go to the restroom, what will you do? You will find some nice elderly person, go to them and keep the bags with them requesting them to take care while you go for five minutes to the restroom. Don’t you need other’s help? If they refuse to help you then how can you survive? You know in this world as human beings we have to help each other and that is what seva is.Seva means what? ‘Sa’ means ‘him’ which refers to God and ‘Eva’ means ‘like him’; doing things like him. God does so many things for you but does not expect anything in return from you. Whether you pray to him, thank him or not he will still continue to do. He is not doing you a favor. When you thank God, that is for your own joy, it does not matter to God. In the same way whether people acknowledge your work or not, whether they thank you or not you still do it because you find that it is important to do!


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Q: When everything that is to happen is already decided then why do we have to act and then in the name of action how are we responsible?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Why are you asking this question? See there are two levels, like the molecular level on the basis of which everything is the same. E. g. if you see this stand is wood, this door is wood, everything is made from wood, but you cannot sit on the door and neither can you make a chair a door, even though everything is wood. Just like that on one level we say that everything is happening but on another level we are also required to act. You continue to act and as you continue doing you will see that, ‘I didn’t do anything, everything happened and is happening’, that is wisdom. Once I went to prison to address the prisoners. I was called to speak to them after they had completed the course. So I asked them how many of you have committed any crime. No one raised their hand. Then I asked how many of you are innocent and have been put into prison, and everyone raised their hand. ‘We are innocent, we have not done anything and we have just been put into prison. We have not done anything but it just happened’. So even a thief is saying that he did not do anything but it just happened. A man has murdered another person but when I asked him he said I did not do it, I don’t know at that time what went into to me that the murder just happened. So a person who has committed some of the worst crimes also says that he did not do it. Just like that people who do wonderful work, if you ask them did you do this, they will say no I didn’t do anything, it all just happened, fell into place, I didn’t do anything.This is a state of consciousness where you realize things are not happening because of your effort, it is happening due to some law, due to some power in the creation which is making everything happen.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Patience

"Have Patience, keep up the hope that it may happen. Know that whatever is good for us will be given."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

known and unknown !! bang!!

Q: I get angry often and I don’t live knowledge up to the mark. But I feel I am very close to you. Is this an illusion or really it is so?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Of course! Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Be natural. Ok? Don’t drain yourself thinking, “Oh I don’t live up to the knowledge”. If it happens sometimes it is ok. Move on. Life moves on. So many things fall into the river – leaves, flowers and the river takes everything forward. Time is carrying life forward. So, move forward. Actually what we are doing? We have turned our head backwards and are trying to moving forward. All that you need to do is to look ahead. You have done mistakes in the past, accept it and move on.
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Q: How do I come out of the victim consciousness, esp. when past memories refuse to leave?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The fact that you have realized this itself means you have come out of it. This is where the karma comes into the picture. Something happened in the past, it was to happen and so it happened. Accept the past and don’t brood over it, move on. Suppose you have committed some mistake, you have insulted somebody and that person holds on to it for so long, even after you have asked for forgiveness from them a million times, what do you do if that person still doesn’t forgive you? Somebody has been wrong to you and you also have been wrong to someone. Don’t you seek forgiveness and move on? You don’t want someone to hold on to your mistakes for your whole life, isn't it? If the person forgives you, moves on, understands your position, how do you feel? See the other person in the same way.
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Q: If somebody is feeling guilty for the wrong done but may be because of ego He is not able to talk, what should one do?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You being in victim consciousness and having rage and anger, does it help you any way to carry on your life? Absolutely not! Waste of time, waste of your potential and life. So we must forgive, forget and move on. You hurt someone in the past and somebody hurt you, that account is closed now. Finished! There was some problem that has to come, and that has come and our own foolishness made it happen. Now it is finished and move on. This is the line of thinking that you must adopt and that makes us feel better.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

real worth

प्रश्न: समृद्धी कैसे बढ़ाई जा सकती है?
श्री श्री - केवल पैसा होना ही धन नहीं है। आपके पास बड़ी बैंक राशि हो, बड़ी रियासतें हों पर यदि मुख पर तनाव झलकता हो तो आप इतने दुखी नज़र आते हैं कि कोई आपको समृद्ध नहीं कह सकता।
समृद्धि केवल ढ़ेर सारा धन जमा करना नहीं है, समृद्धि का अर्थ है जीवन की भव्यता को मान्यता देना, जीवन का सम्मान करना। व्यक्ति का सच्चा धन उसका मनोबल है। धन का जीवन में होने का प्रयोजन क्या है? यही कि उससे आपका मनोबल बढ़े।
जिस धन से मनोबल नहीं बढ़ सकता, वह धन ही क्या? जिस धन से बीमारी आये, तो वह धन ही क्या? जिस धन से विवाद बढ़े , वो धन ही क्या? ठीक है ना?
धन भी कई प्रकार के होते हैं जैसे - विद्या धन, ज्ञान धन, स्वास्थ्य धन, मनोबल धन, वीर्य धन इत्यादि। यदि आप में मनोबल है तो कोई भी कार्य सम्भाल सकते हो, हर प्रबंध को कुशलतापूर्वक कर सकते हो।
प्रश्न : लोग प्यार देना तो सीख गये हैं पर कैसे प्राप्त हो यह नहीं जानते तो भीतर जो इतना प्रेम समाया हुआ है उसका क्या करें? देने और पाने में सब उलट पुलट होता जा रहा है!
श्री श्री: मैंने बहुत बार इस विषय पर चर्चा की है। जब कोई आकर प्यार का प्रदर्शन करे, तुमसे बार बार कहे- "मैं तुमसे प्यार करता हूँ, मैं तुमसे प्यार करता हूँ", तो तुम कान बंद करके वहाँ से भाग जाना चाहोगे, कहोगे ठहरो, यह बहुत हो गया, और तुम भाग निकलोगे!
हम प्रेम में भी सहज नहीं हो पाते क्योंकि स्वयं से अन्तर्मन की गहराई में नहीं मिल पाये हैं, नहीं पहचान पाये हैं कि हम कौन हैं? हमें यह पता ही नहीं कि हम जिस एक तत्व से बने हैं, वह है प्रेम। इसलिये जब तक हम स्वयं से नहीं जुड़ पाते, अन्य किसी से भी नहीं जुड़ पाते। सो कोई जब तुमसे सम्बंध बनाना चाहे और तुम्हें असहजता लगे तो वह यही दर्शाता है कि तुम स्वयं से नहीं जुड़े हो और इसी कारण प्रेम पाने में असमर्थ हो।
पहले स्वयं प्रेम का सम्मान करना सीखो, और जो प्रेम का सम्मान नहीं करते उन पर बिना समझे प्रेम न्योछावर मत करते फिरो। फिर प्रेम दर्शाना, प्रेम देना भी एक कला है। प्रेम देना यानि प्रेम करना। प्रेम कोई कृत्य नहीं है, अपने अस्तित्व की ही एक अवस्था है। तुम केवल वहाँ सहजता से, बिना किसी अपेक्षा से रहो और कहो - "मैं बिना किसी शर्त के तुम्हारे लिये हूँ, तुम जब चाहो उसे ले सकते हो।"
तुम्हारे में यह मनोबल रहते सब तुम्हें बेहतर समझ सकेंगे। और फिर एक बात, तुम किसी को जबरदस्ती नहीं समझा सकते कि तुम सच्चा प्रेम करते हो, तुम यह समय पर छोड़ दो उनको स्वयं समझने के लिये। ज़ोर जबरदस्ती से समझाने की कोशिश में बात ही उलटी पड़ सकती है!

I always use to keep this in my mind......

"पहले ये विश्वास रखो कि तुम्हारे साथ केवल अच्छा ही होगा। एक बार इस पथ पर आ जाने के बाद, जान लो कि तुम्हारे जीवन के हर कदम पर अच्छा ही होगा।"