Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: If a person thinks he is good for nothing in whatever he does, how should he move ahead in life?
Sri Sri: Just be here for a little while and know that God doesn’t create garbage.Everyone who is created on this planet is good for something.
Q: From the time, the Universe has been created, there have been souls. I wonder are they increasing or do they remain the same? I don’t understand the mathematics of souls.
Sri Sri: There are lot many species which are getting extinct too! Lots of snakes,scorpions, sparrows, butterflies… They could have come as humans.
Q: How does one develop a sense of surrender?
Sri Sri: Just assume that it is there.Don’t put effort . Surrender is there – simply assume this and move on.
Q: Many people say that Lord Hanuman still exists in Himalayas? Is it true?
Sri Sri: You know, the Universe is all wave function. There is nothing solid here. If you see some quantum physicist, you will find that they say that whatever appears to be there is really not there. In the subtle, all energies are there. Lord Hanuman is not a person sitting somewhere. In life force itself, there is the consciousness of Hanuman.
Q: How do protect oneself from the negativity of others?
Sri Sri: Om Namah Shivaya chanting! Jai Gurudev will also do.
Q: Is someone’s destiny fixed orcan it change as well?
Sri Sri: A part of destiny is fixed, and certain things can change.
Q: Some dreams don’t come true in spite of putting efforts. What should one do?
Sri Sri: You keep putting your effort. There is a proverb ’Try and try again and at last you will succeed.’ So, perhaps you don’t succeed the first time or second time. Yet if your intention is strong, it will happen.
Q: Please throw some light on the last shloka of the tenth chapter of the Bhagwad Geeta?
Sri Sri: Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, “Whatever you are seeing in this world, that is all a little part of Me. Wherever you see any merit, that comes from Me only. Any intelligence that you see in anyone, that is Me only. Any valor that you see in anyone, that is Me only. The whole world reflects in a little part of Me.
Q: Is self-realization a journey or a goal? If we reach somewhere, do we come to know we have reached somewhere, or we have to continue walking.
Sri Sri: Yes, It is both. In one way it is a journey also and in another way it is the last destination. When you are so content that you feel you need nothing. There are no needs left, and we feel so complete.Such contentment dawns that you feel so complete! When you have such a smile that never fades and this happens so effortlessly.
Q: What is greater – moksha or love and gratitude?
Sri Sri: Love and gratitude cannot happen without some degree of freedom within.Moksha is freedom. They go hand in hand. To the degree of freedom that you experience, to thatdegree you feel gratitude