23rd January 2013 - QA 4

Dear Gurudev, how to leave the intellect and go back to innocence? By doing so, does it not become acting?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

When the intellect matures, you become innocent. Also even when emotions take over, then also you will move into innocence.

Innocence is one aspect of your life and everybody has it. What comes in the way is the concepts in the intellect, such as judgements, or thinking that ‘I know it all’, or ‘I know it better’, etc. That is what blocks the intellect from maturing fully.

Meditation and pranayama help you to reverse the journey back from the intellect to your innocence.

Also, when there are people who know much more than you and you feel, ‘Oh, I know very little’, then also innocence will simply come up in you.

When you make an assessment about yourself that is wrong, then that may cause you to feel out of touch with your innocence.