Q: Gurudev, I got divorced four years ago and got remarried less than a year ago. I see that the same situations are repeating in my life. Is this karma or am I not able to apply the knowledge?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You will know this better.
See what mistakes you are making. Do you have acceptance? Do you serve a person? Why would someone not like to be with you if you are a fountain of joy and enthusiasm?
Why would someone not like to be with you if you are full of love and service, if you are hollow and empty, if you are in wisdom and knowledge, everyone will want to spend time with you.
So keep yourself soaked in knowledge, day and night.
Sleep with knowledge, and when you wake up, listen to knowledge again. Read Yoga Vasistha, Ashtavakra Gita and Bhakti Sutras.
We have been given such precious knowledge. Just one sutra at a time is enough. For example, 'Yogash chitta vritti nirodhah, Tada drashtuh svarupe avashthanam', establishing in the seer and not in the scenery is yoga. Dwelling on such knowledge, one can move back to the seer, recollecting that all this is scenery.
'The body is the scenery, let me find the seer', this takes you back in, to the source immediately. It makes you realize that the body is all empty. There is emptiness outside, and everything is empty.
Look at a cup; there is space inside and outside. The body is a cup, you are a supatra (a good cup), a mind which is hollow and empty.
Kupatra is when the mind is filled with all rubbish things. You are a supatra, a good cup, which is free, clean inside and outside. When you realize this, immediately you are able to relax; every cell in your body starts relaxing. All the garbage leaves, all negative thoughts disappear.
You are a clean vessel, hollow and empty. How joyful this state of mind is. Then you can work 18-20 hours a day, without feeling tired and bogged down; the mind is fresh. Every day, you should rest well for about six hours.