23 August 2013 - QA 4

Gurudev, why one should not have the desire for the fruits or results after doing one’s karma? Is it not but natural to feel so?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Ok, the go ahead and keep the desire (Laughter). It is not said that you should not have the desire or expectation for the result. But you do not have any control over the result. If you get a thing even before the need/desire for it arises, it is a sign of Atibhagya (great fortune). What is the meaning of Bhagya (Good fortune)? It is when you get a thing becomes available to you even before the need for it arises. The slightly less fortunate ones are those who get a thing when they desire it. When everything becomes available even without asking, it is Siddhi (an extraordinary ability). One whose desires get fulfilled after asking is a little less fortunate than the one whose desires are fulfilled without having to even ask. And if there is someone in whose mind so many desires arise but who gets very little after so much effort, such a person is even less fortunate. One who only toils the whole life and doesn’t get the results he desires is the least fortunate of all.

Now how can one cross from one step of the ladder to the other? It is possible by Satkarma (good actions or merits). Doing Sadhana, Seva and Satsang all helps in this. How many of you feel that you get whatever you think here in your mind? (Many in the audience raise hands) For how many of you does it happen even before thinking? (Many in the audience raise hands) This is Siddhi. You all have become Siddhas (perfected beings, with extraordinary abilities). (Laughter)