Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: What happens between the time of death and next birth?
Sri Sri: What happens between the time when you are awake and asleep? Same thing happens – you are dormant. When the consciousness is back, when the time comes, it will come back.
Q: Do you follow any religion?
Sri Sri: Yes, I am a born Hindu. I continue to be a Hindu, but theprograms we teach are very secular. People of any religion can practice it.
Q: Whatis the fastest way to feel belongingness and unity?
Sri Sri: When you are free fromstress, you have a sense of belongingness and understanding. This is whathappens when people undergo The Art of Living program. It happens so naturally.
Q: Ifeel very shy while interacting with people. What is the remedy for the same?
Sri Sri: You know, when you have a sense of belongingness, shynessdisappears.
Q: You have a very big dream in bringing world peace. If, in our lives, we meetpeople who follow orthodox and rigid ideas and are ready to die and harm otherpeople, how should we deal with it?
Sri Sri: We need to deal with suchpeople with patience and we have to educate them, it’s not an easy task. First,we should begin from prisons. When one amongst them joins us in spreading peace,it is much easier.
Q: In today’s world, people really think of survival. How to deal with it?
Sri Sri: It isa natural concept where survival is the first thing. It is a natural instinct butwhen self-confidence and vision is infused, survival will naturally be includedin it, without any kind of fear. I have spoken about this in our books - Celebrating Silence and Celebrating Love. You can read thesebooks when you have a question.
Q: Please tell us what does ‘one word family’ mean to you and what should we do tomake this family happy?
Sri Sri: What family means to me? The whole world is one family for me.You know, I feel absolutely at home wherever I am. I never have a feeling ofbeing in a country or land that is not mine. I never felt strange anywhere. Myconcept is to see the whole world as one family; of course family is a veryimportant institution, it is the foundation of a society.
Q: Doyou have any special courses or programs to help the people working honestly inmass media to reduce the stress?
Sri Sri: Yes. You know, this program that we teach is very useful inreducing stress, irrespective of whether you are in a media company or in the corporatesector or in aviation. Stress is a common factor in any work place and thiswill definitely help people get out of stress. Mainly, what we need to see inthe world today is a violence-free society, a disease-free body, a confusion-freemind, an inhibition-free intellect and trauma-free memory. You know, we nurtureso many types of inhibitions; if ten compliments are given to you and only oneinsult is given, your mind locks onto the one insult. So we need to bring achange to that - a trauma-free memory and a sorrow-free soul. This is the birthright of every individual and this is what these practices bring to you.
Q: What should I do to be in the present moment more effectively?
Sri Sri: You are planning now what to do in the future to be in the present moment! Got it?
Q: Can you please talk about the common things in Spirituality and Communism?
Sri Sri: Yes, communism says equal opportunity for everyone. Spirituality says Divine is in every heart and so all are unique. That way both talk of the same thing.
You can have the same feeling but the expression will have to be different. You express love differently towards the elderly and with kids you are different. Love is same but the way you express it is different.
(Conclusion of a discussion with the audience: Ganges is a river that was made by ancient people – http://www.bharathgyan.com/
has stories with some facts of Bhagirath and how it was made by Seers and Saints and how Mansarover was directed from West, else the entire plane would have been dried.)