Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: I am a professor at IIT. Other professors are averse to ..., how should I ..?
Sri Sri: Don't recognize their aversion, you keep doing what you should do. Don’t try to convince someone out of the way. Keep your conviction. Every soul needs spirituality. If they are refusing ,then it is only at the surface.
Q: What about people who haven’t come to you yet?
Sri Sri: They will come in sometime.
Q: Is it ok to forego discipline to experience immense love?
Sri Sri: They go together. Discipline has to be followed. I have spoken about this in Narad Bhakti Sutra.
Q: I feel close to you but the closer I get to you, I seem to face tougher situations sometimes, is this something related to Guru mandala?
Sri Sri: Longing brings out a lot of creativity in you. It can bring out a lot of poems. Longing is Radha shakti….Krishna. Be very fortunate.
Q: Is it possible to be both ethical and practical?
Sri Sri: Yes. Your yukti should be like the salt in the food - just a little bit salt in your business. If there is too much salt, it becomes like food in the salt.
Q: Why is Krishna known as poorna avatar?
Sri Sri: There are many aspects of Krishna which are complete. I have spoken about it in Krishna - absolute joy.
Q: Isn’t insincere praise same as pleasant lies?
Sri Sri: Why should your praise be insincere?
Your praise cud be a blessing. Blessings are for the future only. So u can praise someone as a blessing. If someone is stingy, you say….. That praise can become a future blessing.
Q: Why have miracles stopped happening in my life?
Sri Sri: It is taking a little nap for you to exp the contrast.
Q: How does the Art of meditation help the mind, the body, spiritual aspirations and relationships and society as a whole?
Sri Sri: Meditation helps to change your perspective. It improves the way you perceive things. It brings clarity in the mind. It improves your interaction with people around –what you say, how you react and act in different situations, you become more aware. In general, from a stress-free society to peace and health in individuals and from a violence-free society to a sorrow-free soul – all are side effects of meditation.
Q: Can you speak on the value of the Vedic tradition of Masters who have kept this knowledge alive for thousands of years?
Sri Sri: From thousands of years people have passed this technical knowledge. Usually, most Masters will test a student before even teaching meditation. They would give this knowledge only to someone who qualifies. They would wait for the right student to come to impart this knowledge. In the past, it used to be very tough, you had to please the Master before you could get anything from Him.
I took a very different stance, I opened the flood gates, gave it to everyone, let everybody progress as per one’s sincerity and capability.