Preguntas & Respuestas con Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Should we follow Bhagat Singh or Mahatma Gandhi?
Sri Sri: Bhagat Singh was also supporter of non - violence. But they were encountered with one such situation, thatthey had to take such steps. Follow Sri Guru Gobind Singh, be a Saint – Sipahi. Have peace of saint in heart and strength ofwarrior in action. That is why Sri Krishan told Arjuna to be a Yogi and then fight
Q: Is Growth in technology blessing or curse?
Sri Sri: Technology is a blessing. How we use it can make it a curse.
Q: If one faces failure in some task again and again, should I continue to do the same, or should Idrop that?
Sri Sri: There is one proverb in India, “Task gets accomplished with the Sattva, and not with the material”.So, in order to get something done, sattogun should rise. And what does one do to increase Sattogun?With right food, right conduct, and relaxing your mind for some time - This is first. Secondly, even if you face failure inspite of that, sattogun doesn’t let your enthusiasm to shatter, and when that driving force is still there, you don’t eventhink of dropping. Like if gambler wins once, he develops that taste to win. And then he continues to play again and againwith the wish to win, and even when some failure is encountered, hedoesn'teven think of dropping in between. Even duringsome failure, that strong conviction of achieving some good is there, and this conviction will be there when you have thatdedication for the task. Like, with enthusiasm in action and peace in heart, people kept fighting for freedom for twocenturies.
The ones who were fighting for freedom, theydidn'tget any money, they didn’t steal anything, but did they leavethe drive?
And third factor, look for the reason of failure. Every failure is a step towards success. One reason can be some weakness inoneself or some weak point in the system, arrangements. Self weakness – like someone is not able to present the workproperly. E.g. if you go for interview, and say some words here and there, then interviewer develops a doubt if you would beable to do that or not. So, onedoesn'tget job because of one’s weakness. To get rid of one’s weakness, enhance yourabilities.
Each failure is a step towards success, so analyze what did you learn out of this? Did you flow with the emotions? You didn'tconsult those who are already into that profession? Youdidn'ttrust them, or you didn’t keep faithful people with you. Allthese reasons could be there. So, to get rid of any weakness, enhance your ability, and go into the depth of knowledge of thefield in which you wish to move ahead.
Second is to amend the system or arrangements. Now, this is not in hands of a single person. Like if corruption is to bechecked, can you fight alone? Be with the group. Awaken that intelligence in people for that. Get people to move ahead withyou."Sanghe Shakti Kaliyuge"
In kalyuga, the power is in the team. People say that it is the peak of kalyuga, and it is as if truth has taken a backseat.If you feel like that, then work in a team. Take some people along and then see if the task gets accomplished or not. Toenhance capability, you would have to do something yourself, go within yourself. Be in the world to get more people along,and be with yourself to gain abilities. Taking along both the fields, you will definitely get success in your tasks.If you have given all your trials, put in your 100 percent and if, even then, youdidn'tget success, then it isOK. Takesome other work in your hands. But don’t run away if you face failure for the first or second time.
Q: What is the crux of Life?
Sri Sri: What is the crux of life? At least, first you start exploring within for that adventure! What should Itell you beforehand? The whole life is in search of some juice, some happiness. Where you feel happiness, solaced, be atpeace there, relax there. And you get that joy when you look within. Meditation is such a joy! When the tiredness cracksaway, you get that relaxation, that joy you are looking for.
Q: There is a big threat to Us our lives from some people who have their own concepts for which they are ready to die andkill other people. What should we do and how should we deal with such people?
Sri Sri: Ya, we need to deal with them with patience and will have to educate them. It is not an easy task butperhaps we should do it by inviting them and when one among them joins to spread peace, it would be easy.
Q: When people adopt violence for surviving, how to deal with it?
Sri Sri: It is quiet natural to go towards violence for survival – it is a natural instinct. But, if selfconfidence and vision is instilled in such a person, then you will find that the person walks with a vision in self
confidence without the fear of survival problem.I have spoken about all these in a book called “Celebrating Silence”. You can read that if you wish to.
Q: If God is everywhere, why there is evil?
Sri Sri: If there is no evil, how can we recognize good?
Q: How do I listen to everybody?
Q: What should we do to always be happy?
Sri Sri: First be more and more happy and then if some moments of unpleasantness creep in life- accept them.Don’t get upset because you were upset sometimes in the past, and then you will always be happy.
Q: What should one do when one is faced with conflicting choices?
Sri Sri: Every confusion is a sign of growth, every time a pattern is broken. In such case, just relax. Inrelaxation your intuition works. Rely on it.