Q- Why is there such a need for meditation in today’s society, in today’s life?
Sri Sri: You know, if you look into the benefits that meditation brings into your life, we feel it is all the more relevant, all the more needed. In ancient times, meditation was used for enlightenment, to find the Self.
And meditation is a way to get rid of misery, to overcome problems. Meditation has been the way to improve one’s abilities. Leaving aside enlightenment, you see the social ills of today. The stress and tension call for one to meditate.
The more responsibility you have in life, more is the need for meditation. If you have nothing to do, you may not need meditation as much - because you have nothing to do. The busier you are, the less time you have, more work you have, more desires you have, ambitions you have - all the more you need to be meditative. Because meditation not only relieves you of stress and strain, it enhances your abilities to face challenges.
Meditation brings better health to us. Meditation is food for the soul. It is an energizer for the mind. It is a lifeline for the body. It keeps your body in shape, helps your nervous system, helps your mind, your alertness, improves your perception and helps you to express yourself properly. What more do you want! Everything has come! So the benefits of meditation are many! Basically, you can say if you want to be happy you need to meditate. Happy and healthy! If you want to be happy and healthy, you got to be meditative!
Q. What is the value of the Art of Meditation course? What are the benefits that people will realize as a result of this meditation?
How does the Art of Meditation benefit the mind, the body, relationships, spiritual aspirations and society as a whole?
Sri Sri: I have said everything! (laughs) Meditation helps to change your perception, perspective. Meditation helps you to change the way you perceive things. It improves your perception and brings clarity in the mind. And it helps you in your relationships with people around, you know how you interact with people, what you see, what you say and how you act or react in different situations. So, in general, it helps in creating a violence-free society, disease-free body, confusion-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, trauma- free memory and sorrow-free soul!