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Why is it a challenge to be compassionate to ourselves?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Because we are in the habit of blaming ourselves.
On the spiritual path the first rule is stop blaming yourself. This is a rule. If we can apply this rule then you will progress very well on the spiritual path.
See, what is spirituality? What is a spiritual path? It is getting in touch with yourself, the core of your being. Going inward to be in touch with yourself.
If you keep blaming yourself, how can you go near yourself? You will never want to be with someone who blames.
The biggest impediment for meditation is self blame. You can never be at peace, you can never dive inside and you can never transcend when you blame yourself.
So never blame yourself.
Q: What does dance express?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, when you are happy, every step you take is a dance. You dance your way through your life. Wisdom makes you dance through all situations.
A movement stretched in rhythm is dance. Sound stretched in rhythm is music. Life stretched is celebration!
Q: What are your thoughts on a one-world government and a one-world family?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: A one-world family is what is most practical right now.
I leave it to the politicians to think about a one-world government. They have established The World Bank, but for a one-world government I don’t think any politician will be ready for that, as of now. But at least if the United Nations would become more powerful and more proactive, rather than taking a back seat, it would be good for the planet.