Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Why are there so many religions and communities? Why is the evil so strong?
Sri Sri: Evil is not strong. You are giving it strength. It appears as if evil is strong, but it is not. The greatest power on the Earth is love. Love can melt any evil. It is due to lack of love and wisdom that evil exists. The moment love and wisdom comes into play, evil disappears. Like when the sun comes, the dew disappears. We have seen this. You know, when we give some wisdom and love to the extremists like terrorists, there was total change in those people. Some 300,000 prisoners, so called criminals, have done the ‘Art of living’ part 1 course, and their life has so much changed.
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 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.
Q: What about the dark hidden forces which corrupt politics, military, intelligence agencies etc.?
Sri Sri: You know, I always believe that truth always triumphs. Truth will always win. I would say that you also have this confidence.
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: 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: 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: When we are sad, what does god feel?
Sri Sri: God says "Oh my god! How foolish this person is!" There is so much beauty around in the world, and you are thinking so small and getting sad .Look at the reality of the world, enquire for the secret of the universe and the sorrow diminishes.
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!