4 October 2012 - QA 3

Dear Gurudev, why is the path of spirituality so difficult and trying at times? Sometimes I feel life was much simpler when I was ignorant.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Spirituality is difficult? (Sri Sri smiles)

Who says so? If it is difficult, how could you be smiling?

Before you were insensitive, now you have become sensitive, that is it!

When you are thick skinned, nothing matters at all. You do not feel anything. You just simply carry on with your life. But when you become sensitive; when the cloth becomes pure and white, even a small stain or dot appears big, that is all.

Spirituality is not going to bring you misery at all.

It is said, ‘Heyam dukham anagatam’. It is the principle of Yoga, the goal of Yoga; the aim of Yoga is to stop the misery that is yet to come.