Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: When I have lot of choices in my life, and I want to choose one, how can I decide which area I will become successful?
Sri Sri: I usually say, choice is yours, blessing is mine. You relax first. Don’t be too over ambitious. Relax and then chose.
Q: It is considered old fashioned now to practice spirituality and human values. How can we inculcate these values in the coming generation?
Sri Sri: No, it is not so at all In fact it is the latest fashion. You talk to all our YES+. Fashion keeps changing with the time. What you are talking about is what used to happen in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Now since the year 2000 onwards, spirituality is the biggest fashion.
Q: Gurudev, I liked the Shakti Kriya very much. What is this source of energy? What is the secret behind it? Please explain.
Sri Sri: There is energy everywhere. Everything in creation is just the play of this (divine) energy. No praise is enough. That is it.
Q: I am very passionate towards my goal. But while working to achieve it, I become frustrated and desperate. How to handle that?
Sri Sri: As I said, you need passion, dispassion and compassion. Only passion will not help. Along with passion, dispassion is also essential.
Q: Gurudev, we read about ordinary people doing extraordinary service. People with less education are visionaries. With all my education and my good intent, I see I am nowhere. How can I too become a visionary?
Sri Sri: You should believe you are one already. Okay? You are a visionary. To you this question has come that you want to be one, you are already one.
Q: Nowadays there is an increase of anger and rage in the children towards their parents. What can be done towards this?
Sri Sri: What to do! Just keep them busy in music, knowledge and service. If they start doing this early on in their childhood and growing years, then the anger and such tendencies will be reduced.
Q: Gurudev, my friend often criticizes and speaks bad things. I believe in blessings since I have done the course. I feel bad for him. What should I do?
Sri Sri: It is okay. You should not get upset with that. Okay! Just smile now.
Q: Gurudev, the Shaiva Sidhhanta (an ancient school of spirituality and scriptures that elaborate on achieving liberation through practices dedicated to Lord Shiva) says that by increasing the virility (maintaining abstinence) can lead to self-realization. We thought that being peaceful leads us to the divine. Can we attain divinity with passion too?
Sri Sri: One needs both passion and awareness, and one also needs stability and peace. Life is multi-faceted, it has both dynamism and stillness. All these are needed.
Q: Gurudev, in the Bhagawat Gita the Lord says that you have to perform Karma (action) as long as you are alive. But one Karma leads to Karma. That is why this cycle never gets over. My question is, which is that Karma by which we can be liberated from the cycle of Karma?
Sri Sri: Liberation is acquired by Nishkama-Karma (Action which is done without any feverishness or attachment to the fruits of the action).
Q: What is the significance of Yoga Vashishtha in day-to-day life? I tried reading the book but I found it very difficult to understand.
Sri Sri: You may not be able to understand Yoga Vashishtha in one go(a sacred scripture that elaborates on the Creation and the path of liberation through the enlightening dialogue between Sage Vashishtha and Lord Rama). So you must keep reading it again and again. Read whatever is convenient for you - One or two pages is also good every day. We are making CDs and audio tapes on the book, both in Hindi and in English. The English version is available. So just play those CDs and just listen to the talks.