15 Nov 2011 - QA 3

Gurudev, often in the name of modernity we give up tradition. At other times in the name of tradition we don’t accept modern technology. What is the correct mix of tradition and modernity?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Vivek is the right mix. That is where you use your intellect, where tradition does work and where modernity is essential. We have to bring these two together.

Like in tradition there is the Ayurvedic system. The Ayurvedic system says you do this and it will help your body, which we need to adopt. But if there is an emergency you have to go to an allopathic doctor as well. You should not say, ‘no I am not going to a hospital, I am only going to an Ayurvedic doctor.’ We need to take both.

You don’t need to pop in antibiotics or an aspirin every time you have a headache. There are many things in Ayurveda which are very beneficial, utilize them.