Q: What is the most simple act of service that one can do?
Sri Sri: Service can be anything. The world does not expect you to do what you cannot do. Doing what you can do without expecting anything in return is service. There are two ways. Either we expect joy out of what we do or we do it with an expression of joy. This is the difference between a job and service.
Q: How can I most effectively support the cause of the world peace?
Sri Sri: I will leave that question with you because there are so many ideas. Be of service. These questions do not have one single answer.
Q: My heart and mind are often in conflict. Which should I follow?
Sri Sri: Use each at different times. Do not do business with your heart. Do not do service with your mind.
Q: I’m very afraid of flying. The fear controls me. What can I do to control my fear?
Sri Sri: Observe the sensation. Fear is the opposite of love, yet fear can transform into love. You can also go through and move beyond all these cycles by taking the ‘Advance Meditation Course’ .
Q: How does the ’Art of Living’ relate to a person’s beliefs and practices?
Sri Sri: You can have your own beliefs and practices because the ’Art of Living’ believes in diversity. One can follow one’s own religion and move on with spirituality.
Q: How can I cope with the anger that comes with seeing so much injustice to so many people?
Sri Sri: Don’t just feel the anger. Take action. You don’t need to lose your balance of mind. Rather, you should respond. This is a skill. Be calm, and united in yoga. That is the message of the Bhagavad Gita.
Q: How do you know when to forgive someone?
Sri Sri: When something starts to bother you too much.
Q: Any predictions when the world will be one?
Sri Sri: When you and I start working together. Technology has made the globe into a village.Spirituality will make it a family.
Sri Sri then invited people in the audience to visit India.
Q: What’s your secret for having so much energy, such a big heart and so much compassion?
Sri Sri: Simplicity. When you are not being yourself, you get exhausted. When you try to impress someone or expect something from someone, you become burdened.
Q: What do you think of religious scandals? How can you avoid such scandals?
Sri Sri: If somebody has made such a mistake, he/she should simply admit it. There are such people in every field who don’t speak the truth. Don’t blame the field for it. There are doctors who steal kidneys and sell it for a price. Some people are scared of being operated. But you cannot doubt all the doctors. Noble professions like medicine and education are becoming corrupt. There is a fine line between being cautious and being paranoid, and prejudice occurs when you cross the line.