Sep 21,2011-QA 10

Guruji, if someone criticizes us, how should we deal with them?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Give that person a surprise. Tell them, ‘wow, you said such wonderful things! How
did you figure out these facts?’ Try this and see what happens. If someone criticizes you, you counter it
with four criticisms of your own and the chain continues. Instead thank them for their kind words, and
see what happens. The day you drop your defences that person will hang their head out of shame and
embarrassment. They will not know how to respond. This is how we should confuse those who criticize.
Have some fun in this situation. What is the fun in finding fault? Our life should not become a football of
others’ opinions. Repose in the self!