Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: How can I motivate myself?
Sri Sri: Only three things can motivate you or inspire you - love, fear, greed! But I don’t agree with fear or greed, I believe in love!
Q: How can we bring human, nature and animals in harmony for our future generation?
Sri Sri: We should stop polluting our planet. Say no to plastic, Use as little plastic as possible. Recycle..Use recycled things. Use chemical free shampoos and soaps as far as possible. Go organic, I would recommend everyone to become vegetarian. You know, if we pay attention on the consumption that takes place to produce one non-vegetarian meal, feeding the animal etc.., it is equivalent to 400 vegetarian meals. So, I recommend everyone to turn vegetarian. Environmentalists say that if even 10 percent of the population turns vegetarian, we will not have the problem of this green house effect.
Q: Is genetically modified food really dangerous?
Sri Sri: The scientists, who are not employed by these companies, will tell you. The scientists who are not employee of these seed companies can give you the right opinion.
Q: Do you know about vipasana meditation? What do you think about it? Is it compatible with sudrashan kriya?
Sri Sri: Yes, it is compatible. Vipasana is observing the sensation in the body - pleasant or unpleasant. That is good. But it takes a longer time to feel that sensation. You will find much easy with Sudarshan Kriya. Whatever meditation technique you are doing, you can go deep into it with Sudarshan Kriya.
Q: Can you please tell how does one get rid of doubt?
Sri Sri: You know, doubt is always about something that is positive. You always doubt the honesty of a person, and never doubt the dishonesty of a person. When someone tells you, "I love you", you ask really? When someone tells you, “I hate you”, you never ask them really. Isn’t it? You are not sure about your happiness. When someone asks about our happiness, we say, "Well, I am not sure." But we are so sure of our depression. We never doubt our weakness, we always doubt our capabilities. If you observe, all good things like love, happiness, honesty, and sincerity are being doubted. So, any doubt must be good.
Q: How much am I suppose to work?
Sri Sri: Well, it is up to you.
Q: What are the points to keep in mind in order to have a successful relation?
Sri Sri: First for women: Never step on your man's ego. You should always pump and encourage his ego. You know, the whole world may say that your husband has no brains, but you should not say that! You should tell your husband that he has the best brains in the world, and just because of the fact that he doesn't use it, doesn't mean that he doesn't have it! You should always tell him that he is the best man. Always pump the ego of a man .If you call him a vegetable, I tell you he will become one.
Now one advice for men: Never step on the emotions of a woman. You know, she may sometimes complaint about her family, about her brother, or her father, or her mother. You should not agree with that. If you do, then she will take a U turn. Never insult her family. Don’t stop her to go for shopping, or going to a spiritual or religious program. If she wants to go for shopping, give her your credit card.
Now for both: Never ask for proof of someone's love for you. Don't ask each other, “Do you really love me? You don't love me these days just like old days”. You know, it is such a big load for someone to prove their love for others. If someone asks you to prove your love, you would say "Oh my God! How do I prove that to this person?” Do everything with some style and some smile.
Q: What can you say about 2012?
Sri Sri: Don't worry. Nothing is going to happen. Things will be as usual. In fact more and more people will become spiritual.
Q: I feel very strong in your presence and it feels good. I am very grateful to have you in my life.
Sri Sri: Good good. Knowledge, meditation and relaxation will give you cool heart, and soothe your heart!
Q: How do you forgive someone who has hurt you deep yet shows no guilt or regret?
Sri Sri: I want to tell you that most of the questions have been answered in the books – Celebrating Silence or Celebrating Love.