Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Can you talk a little about the Soul - the self or Atma?
Sri Sri: It is step by step experiential understanding. Before going to atma, the self, you have to know the five elements of creation. What are the tatvas? Prithvi, ap, tej, vayu, and akash - Earth, water, fire, air and ether. Then comes the mind, buddhi (intellect), memory, ego, and maha tattva (self).
Q: Guruji, telling the truth causes problems outside and telling lie creates problems inside? What to do?
Sri Sri: Solve the problem. Problems are to be seen as challenges. Someone who is brave like challenges and you are brave, I tell you.
Q: Can it be said that in the Art of Meditation, the mind leads the body and in kriya, the
body leads the mind to the same end? Can you please elaborate?
Sri Sri: You can’t say that the body leads the mind or the mind leads the body. What you can say is that the body, breath and mind getting into the rhythm is Sudarshan kriya. Finding that inner harmony and depth, and manifesting it on the surface, on the physical level of the body and breath is meditation. Through mantra, you go to the deepest level of your consciousness and bring that to expression in your day-to-day activity. That is meditation.
Sri Sri: The product really works well! Just last week I went to Kerala. They had organized 19 appointments in a day. I cancelled some of them before I went there. Yet, I ended up attending 22 appointments. I thought I would get irritated, but I surprised myself and didn't. Each one of us has tremendous energy within us. One single cell can light up the entire city of Bangalore for 24 hours.
Q: Dear Guruji, when we take responsibility, how can we tackle obstacles?
Sri Sri: The test of your peace is only when there are obstacles. Be thankful for obstacles
Q: Why aren’t you hitting the world just like that? Why so slow?
Sri Sri: You all need a job too!
Q: Guruji what is Shanti(peace)?
Sri Sri: We must make you sit in a closed small room and play loudspeaker 24 hrs. And not some good music, some heavy music. Then after 24 hrs, when we switch it off you will come to know what is Shanti. (Laughter!!!)
Q: How does God see the world?
Sri Sri: God cannot see two. For God there is no you and I! He can only see himself in everything and everyone!!
Q: These days most Gurus have long hair and long beard. Is it a dress code?
Sri Sri: 'Yes, you can call it as dress code. The long hair is like an antenna to receive messages from God and the long beard is like an earthing to transmit those messages to the people.
Q: Is there such a thing life after death? If there is no life after death what is the meaning of our existence?
Sri Sri: It is good to have some suspense!