13 April 2013 - QA7

Dear Gurudev, why do people seem to love your feet so much? Is it a cultural thing?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Yes, it is a cultural thing.

In Japan, they bend half to greet people. In India, they bend fully and touch the feet.

It is said that radiation, energy, comes from the feet. That is the old belief system, which is why they do it. Sometimes, that makes it very difficult for me to walk.

Once as I was walking in a crowd, two people caught my feet from the back. I was in the diving pose, in vedavadrasan, my hands hanging in space. Luckily, I didn’t fall, otherwise they would have found a Guru walking with crutches.

See, I balance myself in every situation. It happens quite often, as it is a cultural thing.