India, (Art of Living International Center, Bangalore) September 18 (eve of the nine-day festival of Navratri*)
There are two attitudes that we have to pay attention to. One is when we go inward, we say everything is Ok. Not a blade of grass moves without Divine intervention. God has kept us like this, so let it be so. Everything is Ok.
This is the attitude when you have to go inward (Nivriti).
When you have to come out and work (Pravritti), then you see perfection in even small details. Wherever you see imperfection, you have to pay attention on how you can correct it. Find out ways to improve on all the things.
So while acting, we see where we can improve and what we can change.
When we retire into meditation and say that everything is perfect, only then we can go in.
Usually when people close their eyes and go inward, they say, ‘This is not ok, that is not ok and find fault with everything’. They can neither meditate, nor be quiet. And in activity, people think that everything is fine the way it is, why do we have to do anything about it? Then, we are at a loss.
So when we are acting, we see what we can do and when we have to retire we say everything is Ok. This attitude will help you go deep in meditation.
I want nothing
I do nothing
I am nothing
These are basic principles of meditation. We have to pay attention to this thing.
So Navratri will start from tomorrow. These nine days are nine days of inner connection to the Divinity.
In these nine days, let us keep all our small, petty things, petty desires, requirements, our small small issues that bother us - all in one side and just say to Divine, 'Let thy will be done. I am yours, let thy will be done'.
With this conviction, when you move forward, doing your practices you will lack nothing. All that you need, will just come to you naturally, spontaneously.
So we move into our sadhana, our practices with a trust that we will be taken care of, we are being taken care of.
Navratri is a time when all those needs- physical, mental and spiritual, are taken care by the Divine. At the same time, help each other, help all those people who need your help. It is nine nights, it is very auspicious and it is uplifting to the spirit.
Yagyas (pujas) are done from thousands of years to bring peace, prosperity, to dissolve all the negative karmas and to uplift the human spirit. It has been practiced from a very long time.
It is best not to engage yourself in all other socializing, talking wordly things with people. Just be with yourself. If at all you speak, only speak some knowledge or bare essential things. It is better not to sit and gossip. But these few days its best to be in Divine knowledge.