1 March 2014 - QA 1

Gurudev, why does it become increasingly difficult to handle the family? I can handle and influence everyone but the ones I love. What is lacking?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

You have to do it indirectly. You have tell someone who is close to your family and influence the family through them.

Perhaps they know you too well!

If you are so centered, and if you live the knowledge a hundred percent, then you will see that you don’t have to try to influence them, they will get influenced by themselves.

You being well-founded in knowledge is indicated when the people closest to you have the highest respect for you, because they know you. They see how you handle every situation, and how you keep your calm in every situation.

So if your close ones appreciate you, that means you have really blossomed. That means you have only a little bit more to go.

You can influence others but people around you if you are well established in knowledge. It happens.