29 May 2014 - QA 1

Gurudev, if one is on the path for several years, and then suddenly a doubt comes about something after a long time, and the path does not appear very charming anymore, what should one do then?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

That is the time when you need to hold on to your faith. Moments of doubt are like clouds. The clouds do come, but they come and disappear. If you do not cooperate or engage with them, they will simply come and go.
If you shake hands with them and flow with them, then it will take a longer time to overcome them. Truth will always stand out and win in the end.

Doubts may come, and this is quite possible because of the company that we keep. Someone may tell you, 'Oh, you know, so-and-so person does so much meditation, still he became sick', etc.
What do they mean? They think that if someone who is doing Yoga and meditation fell sick, then what is the point of you doing all that?
It is not because of meditation that the person became sick. He must have done some other things which would have brought him this sickness. It could also be because of his Karma.

The theory of Karma is so deep and unfathomable that you cannot think of understanding it all in a linear manner. Someone may have lived a very good life but may face a lot of difficulties towards the end of their life.

Good action will always give only good results. A mango tree will only give mango fruits. It will not give you bitter neem fruits. It is the law of Nature.
So when doubts come, let them step in and go away by themselves. You keep moving forward.