Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: What is difference between God, Guru and me?
Sri Sri: Let's talk of the common thread. The same Divine is in me and in thewhole universe. There is no place which is not permeated by the divine. In Sanskrit,
Ishwaro gurur atmeti murti bheda vibhagine,
There is no difference between Guru, Divine and me. What iscommon in all three is what I am!
Q: There is a big threat to Us our lives from some people who have their own concepts for which they are ready to die andkill other people. What should we do and how should we deal with such people?
Sri Sri: Ya, we need to deal with them with patience and will have to educate them. It is not an easy task butperhaps we should do it by inviting them and when one among them joins to spread peace, it would be easy.
Q: When people adopt violence for surviving, how to deal with it?
Sri Sri: It is quiet natural to go towards violence for survival – it is a natural instinct. But, if selfconfidence and vision is instilled in such a person, then you will find that the person walks with a vision in self
confidence without the fear of survival problem.I have spoken about all these in a book called “Celebrating Silence”. You can read that if you wish to.
Q: If God is everywhere, why there is evil?
Sri Sri: If there is no evil, how can we recognize good?
Q: What should one do when one is faced with conflicting choices?
Sri Sri: Every confusion is a sign of growth, every time a pattern is broken. In such case, just relax. Inrelaxation your intuition works. Rely on it.
Q: Is Growth in technology blessing or curse?
Sri Sri: Technology is a blessing. How we use it can make it a curse.
Q: What is the difference between spirit and the Universal consciousness or God?
Sri Sri: Like an atom is inside the molecule, one that is subtle than the spirit is God. The connection is even more subtle than that between a molecule and atom. According to ancient science, if you bisect one hair vertically into 100 parts, and you take one out of those, you further bisect in 100 parts and then take one out of those. And even repeating the same process, what you get is a molecule. Even much, much smaller than that is an atom. Even subtler than that is ego and that which is more subtle than that also is themahatattva/grand element. The one whose ego has been totally dissolved, he is called Mahatama.
Q: How do I listen to everybody?
Q: What is the crux of Life?
Sri Sri: What is the crux of life? At least, first you start exploring within for that adventure! What should Itell you beforehand? The whole life is in search of some juice, some happiness. Where you feel happiness, solaced, be atpeace there, relax there. And you get that joy when you look within. Meditation is such a joy! When the tiredness cracksaway, you get that relaxation, that joy you are looking for.
Q: Should we follow Bhagat Singh or Mahatma Gandhi?
Sri Sri: Bhagat Singh was also supporter of non - violence. But they were encountered with one such situation, thatthey had to take such steps. Follow Sri Guru Gobind Singh, be a Saint – Sipahi. Have peace of saint in heart and strength ofwarrior in action. That is why Sri Krishan told Arjuna to be a Yogi and then fight