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  1. One Divinity, one humanity, celebrating differences, this is our sacred duty

    Jul 2 2011
    Excerpts of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s speech at the World Culture Festival, Berlin, July 2-3. This event celebrates 30 years of The Art of Living. I am so happy to be here in this city where the walls came down between people, it is time walls come down betwe ...
  2. Spirituality begins with amusement

    May 23 2011
    Dear Guruji, my mother-in-law does not distribute the prasad to people from other religions. Her logic is that those who don’t understand the importance of prasad won’t benefit. How can I get her to think otherwise? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Does not matter i ...
  3. What is more important: Vedanta, knowledge or love?

    Yes, Vedanta, knowledge and love are always together. Sometimes one is given more importance and at another time the other is given more importance. So you have to go with both. Good! ...
  4. Dear Guruji, my mother-in-law does not distribute the prasad to people from other religions. Her logic is that those who don’t understand the importance of prasad won’t benefit. How can I get her to think otherwise?

    Does not matter if she does not do it, you give it to everybody. Prasad is mostly nice eatables, people will appreciate. You know, everybody has got their individual opinions. Let them have, you have your own opinions, there is no conflict. You do what you ...
  5. Sometimes, I am not happy with the school that my child is attending. Should I remove him from school and let him be at home?

    No, just because the school environment is not good enough, to remain at home is no good. Then children will become dull. We have to improve the systems in schools and this work is happening. That is why we are opening so many schools; we have opened aroun ...
  6. I have seen that there is a lot of your grace on me. Whatever I want or whichever desires I have, you give them to me. It has never happened that I have not gotten what I wanted but desires are such that they never end and now I have started to feel ashamed of myself, what to do?

    See, now you have become aware of this, right? So you are now on the right track. The car has taken a ‘U’ turn. Ask for something big. Why are you asking for something small? And don’t ask only for yourself, ask for everyone. What you ...
  7. How do I make myself strong to accept criticism?

    See, whether you accept or not, the criticism has already happened, isn’t it? You are left with no choice. Only after someone has spoken, you find that they have criticized you, right. How do you know before they speak? Before someone criticizes y ...
  8. If we accept situations the way they are then how would one be creative?

    You must have understood this in the course (Art of Living’s Part One course), right? Acceptance does not mean inaction; acceptance is actually acknowledging the present situation. You know, every child should know that they are a part of all the ...
  9. Gurudev, can spirituality be explained by science? Sometimes I get amused by this creation which is yet to be explained by science. Do the Vedas have a solution?

    Yes, amusement is the preface for Yoga. When you are amused then you start enquiring into the nature of truth and then your journey begins. So, it is perfect. ‘Vismayo Yoga Bhumika,’ spirituality begins with amusement and then it is like being in an amusem ...
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