Preguntas & Respuestas con Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: ¿Cuán importante es el prana (energía vital)? Claro, es lo que da la vida. ¿Cómo puede uno mejorar su prana?
Sri Sri: El prana está presente en todo. De hecho, estamos flotando en un océano de prana. Cuando la unidad de la expresión varía, eso hace la diferencia. Las piedras tienen una unidad de prana. El agua tiene dos unidades de prana. El fuego tiene tres unidades de prana. El aire tiene cuatro unidades de prana. Las plantas tienen cinco unidades de prana. Los animales tienen seis unidades de prana. Los seres humanos son capaces de tener desde siete a dieciséis unidades de prana. El universo entero es la expresión del prana. Cuando el prana está bajo es cuando te sientes deprimido. Cuando el prana baja aún más te sientes al borde del suicidio. Cuando el prana esta normal, te sientes normal. Cuando el prana está alto, te sientes entusiasta. Y cuando el prana está muy alto te sientes enérgico y bendecido. Así es como, cuando la gente esta deprimida o se siente mal, no funcionan los consejos solamente, lo que se necesita hacer es elevar los niveles de prana. Cuando el prana esta alto entonces es alegría, vibración, entendimiento. Cuando el prana esta bajo, la mente empieza a quejarse y luego la depresión, el letargo y las tendencias suicidas aparecen. Todo es el juego y la manifestación del prana. Ahora, ¿Cómo podemos incrementar el prana? Acá es donde las prácticas de meditación, el satsang, el yoga, la dieta satvica etc todo esto entra en juego.
Q: Do you feel Ayurveda is the most comprehensive of traditional healthcare systems and could you explain what Ayurveda is as well?
Sri Sri: Ayurvedic medicines have been proven to be have no side effects at all and have been practiced for thousands of years. So I feel we have to take the diagnostic systems from allopathy and there are other modern gadgets we have to use. But as far as treating the patients, once the diagnosis is done, it [Ayurveda] seems to be working very well. Again, you know, we can't be very fanatical about any system. We have to have a holistic approach to health because if we are fanatically attached to any one system, I think we will not be benefited the most. Definitely Ayurveda, I feel, has been time tested for many ages and it has helped millions of people keep their health. You know, there are people who are living healthily for 100 years, or for over 100 years, and their health is sustained by just Ayurveda - in many parts of the Himalayan region, in Tibet, in Southern India. It's amazing how it works if you follow certain principles, not just the medicine aspect of it, but also the lifestyle - how you eat, what you eat, when you fast, and how much water to drink. I think it's most valuable, though it has to undergo more research and scientific up-grading for today's world.
Q: How do I know if I am doing the right job?
Sri Sri: If you had a million dollars in your bank and would still do what you are doing, then that means you are in the right place. - Contributed By Yes Plus Teachers
Q: What does a person with passion and aptitude, but very less investment does?
Sri Sri: If you have a passion and aptitude then a lot can be done with less investment too. Whatever your idea is, you need to talk to experts and have a practical implementation plan for it. - Contributed By Yes Plus Teachers
Q: If one doesn’t want to do a full time job then what are the options available, as in business/franchise?
Sri Sri: Take calculated risks. Experiment and be ready to fail. Don’t be scared of failure. You don’t do business because you don’t want to do a job. You do business because you have a great business idea and you have a passion to pursue it. - Contributed By Yes Plus Teachers
Q: ¿Cómo protegemos nuestra mente?
Sri Sri: Esa es una gran tarea. En el Geeta dice que hasta las personas más brillantes se confunden sobre qué hacer y qué no hacer y cómo manejar la mente. Proteger la mente es una gran tarea y para hacerla necesitamos conocimiento. Hasta este momento
Q: How to choose right career path?
Sri Sri: Identifying your energy type is the most important. There are 3 energy types, predominance in creativity, sustenance or challenge facing ability. What kind of person are you? First identify that. Then it will become easy for you to choose a carrier. – Contributed By Yes Plus Teachers
Q: What are the differences between various religions?
Sri Sri: Religion has three components: symbols, customs and traditions, and values. There is no difference as far as values are concerned, because all talk about oneness. Customs and symbols are all very different; they have to be. This is what makes the world beautiful, because God doesn’t like uniforms! Nature has been created with such diversity- so many flowers, animals, people. Diversity is the language of God. In India, God can have any number of names and forms, and they all point to one Divinity. There is difference in one sense, and there is unity in another sense. Wise ones celebrate diversity,
Q: I would like to know about your views on this wonderful time on the planet when service is accelerated and technology is connecting the world, when we have the opportunity to make this world one world family, when teachings from the teachers like you are spreading all over the planet and we have a chance to evolve spiritually. At the same time, planet is facing dangers that the old ecological and political structures are not sustainable anymore. We are coming to a choice point where we are ending one paradigm and accelerating in a spiritual paradigm. Also so many souls are incarnated at this time. And wonderful events are happening like this to accelerate that. Would you please speak on that?
Sri Sri: I think I have said it all. All the lines between different disciplines are blurred now. I remember when I was in school there was a thick line of difference between physics and chemistry, and they were thought not to be connected. Today, whether it is astrophysics, physics, knowledge about the spirit or information technology, all have come together. Environment and spirituality are not two different things. Perhaps the ancient people of this country knew this. They worship the trees, mountains, rivers etc in nature. And it is true for all native civilizations in the world. They honored nature. They took care that they care for nature and progress and development was aligned with the sustainable conditions on planet Earth. The most needed thing today is – Globalizing wisdom. There are two types of calamities – one is natural calamities like earthquakes. And second is man - made calamities. Man - made calamities can be overcome by wisdom and a Cultural Revolution, and by spreading this knowledge of one world family. Natural calamities can be overcome by caring for the planet, planting more trees, preserving water, by spiritual energy and with the thought that you are one with the vishavatma(Universal soul).
Q: People around me feel jealous due to my good performance. Please suggest what I should do in these circumstances?
Sri Sri: Ok! About jealousy! Just join hands with them or praise them. Another thing that you can do is not to take any notice of their jealousy at all. - Contributed By Yes Plus Teachers