10 Jan 2012 - QA 14

Guruji, often in spite of knowing, I commit mistakes. Is there a way to become aware of knowledge in a timely fashion so that I do not knowingly commit the mistake?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Just this thought is sufficient, that I should not repeat this mistake that I have done in the past. This feeling itself will begin to take root.

Okay, go ahead and make how many mistakes you want. Eventually you will get tired. I will wait for you. You keep making mistakes till you become exhausted and fall down. Then, everything will be all right.

Just look at all those people who are suffering so much on account of making the same mistakes over and over again.

After committing the same mistake once, twice, three times, ten times, you will finally give up and say, 'No more! I am done with it.'

But this realization should dawn before this life ends! It shouldn't keep happening throughout life. If you are on this path, it cannot happen this way. You will have the awareness fairly soon.

That is why it is said, 'Swalpamapyasya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat' - if you follow this knowledge even to a small extent you will be free of the greatest of fears. No fear will touch you.