Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Sometimes it seems all this is untruth, we running after things knowingly or unknowingly. Sometimes I feel I am compulsorily driven away with the flow and that distresses me. What is it that doesn’t change? What is the truth?
Sri Sri: Truth cannot be spoken. Only in Silence, in deep meditation you can experience the truth!
Q: Dear Guruji, when we take responsibility, how can we tackle obstacles?
Sri Sri: The test of your peace is only when there are obstacles. Be thankful for obstacles
Q: Krishna tells Arjuna - Don’t think you’re killing them - they’re already dead. If a terrorist also gives you the same reason in the name of their faith or religion, what would you say?
Sri Sri: These are completely different situations and you cannot mix them up. A terrorist does with hatred, with ignorance, right? You cannot take a policeman or an army man and a terrorist as same. They both shoot with guns, but a policeman does it for a different reason and a terrorist does it for an entirely different reason. The intention, the state of mind, is totally different. That is why Arjuna was told, “Fight the war for justice, but not with anger, hatred, jealousy or greed. Do it to protect the dharma, the righteousness.”
Q: Is there such a thing life after death? If there is no life after death what is the meaning of our existence?
Sri Sri: It is good to have some suspense!
Q: Can you talk a little about the Soul - the self or Atma?
Sri Sri: It is step by step experiential understanding. Before going to atma, the self, you have to know the five elements of creation. What are the tatvas? Prithvi, ap, tej, vayu, and akash - Earth, water, fire, air and ether. Then comes the mind, buddhi (intellect), memory, ego, and maha tattva (self).
Q: Guruji what is Shanti(peace)?
Sri Sri: We must make you sit in a closed small room and play loudspeaker 24 hrs. And not some good music, some heavy music. Then after 24 hrs, when we switch it off you will come to know what is Shanti. (Laughter!!!)
Q: Are there fixed number of souls? If yes, then how come so many people are getting reborn on the planet? Why is population increasing in the world?
Sri Sri: Hmm! There are so many animals getting extinct also!
Q: How does God see the world?
Sri Sri: God cannot see two. For God there is no you and I! He can only see himself in everything and everyone!!
Q: Guruji, telling the truth causes problems outside and telling lie creates problems inside? What to do?
Sri Sri: Solve the problem. Problems are to be seen as challenges. Someone who is brave like challenges and you are brave, I tell you.
Q: Why aren’t you hitting the world just like that? Why so slow?
Sri Sri: You all need a job too!