12 August 2013 - QA 3

Gurudev, an egoistic person drowns himself as well as his family due to his ego. You have said that love is the remedy to keep the ego away. But Gurudev, I do not feel any love arising within me for an egoistic person. Please give a solution for this.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

See, if someone is egoistic, then he is so because of his ignorance and lack of understanding. If you get angry at his ignorance and foolish behavior, then you too will become ignorant and foolish like him. That is why we should have compassion towards them. You should realize that such a person is behaving this way because he does not have knowledge or the awareness, and is sinking due to his own ego. Knowing this will at least save our mind from anger. Otherwise you also start burning with anger from within and lose all your peace of mind due to someone else’s foolishness. What is the benefit of that?