Q: How can we come out of yes and no in the mind?
Sri Sri: Just smile through. Take things as they come.
Q: Guruji, can you see the aura of other people?
Sri Sri: Is this a big deal? You can also see.
Q: When we meditate you say don’t put any effort, but a part of you wants to put effort because there is a feeling that there is nothing to do. What to do with that?
Sri Sri: Do bhastrika, asanas. Put effort in that. When you sit for meditation you don’t need to put any effort. See for catching a train you need to make an effort, but once you are inside the train with your baggage you needn’t keep running inside. That would not get you to your destination any faster. Once you have boarded you can simply relax. Just as on a flight, all seats will reach at the same time to the same place.
Q: As a young person I look forward to growing old. Yet one of my greatest fears is some of the mental illnesses which afflict the elderly. Is it possible for the human condition to transcend such illnesses? If so, what are the steps one should take to master them?
Sri Sri: You are doing the right thing already - This knowledge, this path, yoga. As you keep growing older, keep practicing yoga, take proper food, proper rest, proper attitude in life and yoga.
Q: Are thoughts internal or external?
Sri Sri: Thoughts are in the mind. The mind is all around you. Both inside and out.
Q: Guruji, please promise to come to Vancouver every year now.
Sri Sri: You know, my year has 700 days. (laughter)
Q: How does one stop the flow of negative thoughts?
Sri Sri: Negative thoughts are due to three reasons. If your blood circulation is not good, if the lymphatic system is not ok or if bowel movement is irregular. In all these cases negative thoughts are likely. You can go on a fruit diet and cleanse your intestines. Then, pranayama will help. Take Triphala (an ayurvedic supplement) for a few days. Do yoga, pranayama and meditation. You will definitely find a difference. Group sadhana (practice) will also help.
Q: How do you know if an answer is coming from within or from the rational mind?
Sri Sri: There is no criteria. The calmer and serene the mind is, the right answer will come to you.
Q: How to control desire?
Sri Sri: Be in the now. Desire is wanting to be happy tomorrow. Be happy and joyful now. Like children, if you ask them what they want, they will say nothing. Because they are happy with 'now'.
Q: How to get rid of fatigue and headache?
Sri Sri: Yoga and pranayama.