Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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: 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: 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: 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!
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: 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: Do you know about vipasana meditation? What do you think about it? Is it compatible with sudrashan kriya?
Sri Sri: Yes, it is compatible. Vipasana is observing the sensation in the body - pleasant or unpleasant. That is good. But it takes a longer time to feel that sensation. You will find much easy with Sudarshan Kriya. Whatever meditation technique you are doing, you can go deep into it with Sudarshan Kriya.
Q: How can we bring human, nature and animals in harmony for our future generation?
Sri Sri: We should stop polluting our planet. Say no to plastic, Use as little plastic as possible. Recycle..Use recycled things. Use chemical free shampoos and soaps as far as possible. Go organic, I would recommend everyone to become vegetarian. You know, if we pay attention on the consumption that takes place to produce one non-vegetarian meal, feeding the animal etc.., it is equivalent to 400 vegetarian meals. So, I recommend everyone to turn vegetarian. Environmentalists say that if even 10 percent of the population turns vegetarian, we will not have the problem of this green house effect.
Q: How much am I suppose to work?
Sri Sri: Well, it is up to you.
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!