Let go of the past and move happily into the future
March 29, 2012
There is not much difference between a flame and life. A flame as well as life needs oxygen to exist. For a flame to exist on a wick, it needs oxygen. Similarly, for life source energy (prana) to exist in the body, oxygen is needed. If a flame is burning and you cover it with a glass container, the flame will burn till there is oxygen. Similarly, if you put a person in a room and close the windows and doors, he will live till there is Oxygen in the room. So, the mind, the soul and the life source energy are similar to the flame.
We think that the mind is in the body. How many people think so? Where is the mind? Within the body? No. This is wrong. The body is inside the mind. So, make your mind so strong that no matter what happens to the body, the light of the mind stays. Mind should remain strong. So, when we meditate, we should accept everything.
But what do we do when we sit in meditation? We keep thinking about removing this, removing that, fixing this, fixing that, and no meditation happens.
We need to remember that we are a fire.
However, some ash has accumulated over the mind. Once you blow the ash away then the fire will rise up and shine brightly.
If there are too many worries in your mind, then just say ‘Hmm’ (with slight force), and all that ash that has accumulated on the mind will be wiped off and you will feel fresh and bright.
Often we sit and worry, ‘Oh, this is not happening’, or, ‘That is not happening’. Life is such! Sometimes what you wish won’t happen; sometimes what you don’t want happens. Never mind. Don’t sit and brood over it. Move on; march ahead remembering that you are fire.
When you know you are fire, nothing can burn you. People say, ‘I am burned out. Oh, I am so tired!’
What burned out? Come on! How can anything burn fire? Move on, knowing that you are fire. Let go of the past and move happily into the future.
And take life in its totality. Some pleasant, some unpleasant experiences – all these things happen and then they go away. Knowing that ‘I have all the blessings, I have the grace, the best will happen to me’, you should move ahead.
Q: Guruji, how can one establish an unbreakable connection with you?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Oh, it is already there! Just believe that you have that connection. Do not make any effort for that. I am not a plug that sometimes there is electricity and sometimes there is no electricity. I am like the air. No one can go away from me.
This is a connection that you cannot break even if you want to. Neither I, nor you can break it. Has anyone broken connection with air? It is not possible.
Even if you go underwater, you have to breathe in air. I am not an electrical connection to give you 24/7 electrical connectivity. Just believe that the connection is there, that is all.
Q: Guruji, can you tell us the significance of places like Haridwar and Varanasi? We hear they are man made channels and gateways to heaven; not part of this world.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: No, nothing like that. See, you come to ashram and as soon as you get in, don’t you feel some change? Everybody feels a change. Varanasi was at one point of time a place where all intellectuals used to live. All mediators were in Haridwar. It used be like this in the past.
So many people for centuries used to sit on the Banks of the Ganges and meditate. But today it is not the case. Today it is different. That is why there is a saying: ‘Swayam hi theerthaani punanti santha.’
There are all these holy places, but it is the holy men who purify these cities. These holy places are holy because of the presence of holy saints. However, in current times we hardly find such saints. You may find some here and there, but why should we search for them outside? Search within. You are no less than a saint when you are happy. Your body is like the shell of the coconut and your mind is like the soft white kernel inside. Know this and relax.
Q: Why did God create the universe? What is the basic purpose behind this?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Let us give God some space and let me ask you, who created cricket and what is the purpose of cricket? Why do people throw the ball and other people hit it back? (Ans: For entertainment.)
For Entertainment! God did the same thing with this universe.
God has created this for his own entertainment. You are the player. Either you hit a six and get everyone’s applause or you get bowled out in the very first ball and go and sit in the corner. Got it?
Q: What is the difference between Shiva Linga and a physical Shiv? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:Shiva Linga is very ancient, in fact most ancient. From the form, you go to the formless, through the Shiva Linga. Shiva Linga is sacred.
There are many more things; I do not know why, what and all that. I simply do it and enjoy it because I like it. We cannot understand everything. So, move in life by knowing a few things, assuming a few things and embracing everybody with love.
It is not mandatory that you should do everything only after you understand them. We teach our kids that they should brush their teeth. At that time, we don’t tell them that not doing it will give them cavities. We just ask them to brush their teeth. But when they grow up they come to know that they would have had no teeth if they had not done so.
Q: Guruji, how does one come to know that he is ready to be a teacher? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Just that you want to be a teacher means you are ready to be a teacher.