25 November 2013 - QA 1

Gurudev, in Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna said to take refuge in him. What does it mean? Please elaborate.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Taking refuge means relaxing. Just like how a child feels when he knows that mother is at home.
When the mother is at home, the child is confident. In the subconscious mind, a child is very comfortable knowing mother is at home. A sense of security, a sense of confidence, a sense of knowing that there is somebody backing me, guiding me and caring for me, all this brings a deep sense of security. This is refuge.

When you don’t have that, when you are shaky, worried and tensed, then you need that much needed support. Taking the support when it is being offered is taking refuge.