Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: If a person thinks he is good for nothing in whatever he does, how should he move ahead in life?
Sri Sri: Just be here for a little while and know that God doesn’t create garbage.Everyone who is created on this planet is good for something.
Q: Can knowledge exist without faith or they are correlated?
Sri Sri: Faith and knowledge are correlated. Because when there is knowledge, there is faith. And where there is faith, there is knowledge. So you have faith and that is why you are asking. You have faith that I will answer it and you will take my answer. So, knowledge and faith are all connected.
Q: Many people say that Lord Hanuman still exists in Himalayas? Is it true?
Sri Sri: You know, the Universe is all wave function. There is nothing solid here. If you see some quantum physicist, you will find that they say that whatever appears to be there is really not there. In the subtle, all energies are there. Lord Hanuman is not a person sitting somewhere. In life force itself, there is the consciousness of Hanuman.
Q: How do protect oneself from the negativity of others?
Sri Sri: Om Namah Shivaya chanting! Jai Gurudev will also do.
Q: Some dreams don’t come true in spite of putting efforts. What should one do?
Sri Sri: You keep putting your effort. There is a proverb ’Try and try again and at last you will succeed.’ So, perhaps you don’t succeed the first time or second time. Yet if your intention is strong, it will happen.
Q: It is difficult to control anger. What should one do so that I don’t get angry?
Sri Sri: First, anger is to be tamed. Know this: when the mind is so joyful and contented, when you arein meditation and leave room for imperfections and mistakes, you don’t get angry in the first place. Know that no mistake can be corrected with anger. Only with awareness can anything be corrected.
Q: From the time, the Universe has been created, there have been souls. I wonder are they increasing or do they remain the same? I don’t understand the mathematics of souls.
Sri Sri: There are lot many species which are getting extinct too! Lots of snakes,scorpions, sparrows, butterflies… They could have come as humans.
Q: Is someone’s destiny fixed orcan it change as well?
Sri Sri: A part of destiny is fixed, and certain things can change.
Q: What is greater – moksha or love and gratitude?
Sri Sri: Love and gratitude cannot happen without some degree of freedom within.Moksha is freedom. They go hand in hand. To the degree of freedom that you experience, to thatdegree you feel gratitude
Q: Please throw some light on the last shloka of the tenth chapter of the Bhagwad Geeta?
Sri Sri: Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, “Whatever you are seeing in this world, that is all a little part of Me. Wherever you see any merit, that comes from Me only. Any intelligence that you see in anyone, that is Me only. Any valor that you see in anyone, that is Me only. The whole world reflects in a little part of Me.