Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: How to transform negative energies into positive energies?
Sri Sri: That is what we all have to do, and that is what we are doing. Let us get more and more youth together and change this atmosphere in society.
Q: Is memory a blessing or curse?
Sri Sri: Forgetting bad things is a blessing. Forgetting good things can be a curse.
Q: How to achieve excellence while following the middle path?
Sri Sri: It will happen. Your intention is enough. Main thing is Sadhna(Practices and self effort), next is awareness, and third is - no feverishness.
Q: What is the best thing to do after one recognizes one's mistake?
Sri Sri: Recognizing your mistake and going forward is good. There is no point in hiding or justifying. Save the mind. When the mind is established, you can’t do mistakes even if you want. With the knowledge of the self, all negative emotions like fear, anger and sorrow disappear.
Q: It is said that Lord Krishna was embodied with all sixteen arts, Lord Rama with twelve, and Hanuman with fourteen. If it is like this, then how can we call Lord Rama as incarnation of God?
Sri Sri: A devotee is higher than the God. This has been said to sing the glory of devotees. In reality, both Guru and disciple are God. To sing the glory of a devotee and to raise the level of a devotee, God himself bends. It is like a father carrying his son on his shoulder, higher than him.If Hanuman was not stronger than Sri Rama, then how would he have helped Sri Rama. It is like the one who is stronger than me can carry my suitcase.
Sri Rama also needed help from Hanuman. Same way, God also wants your help. So, we should do work to uplift society. The one who does work of God, works for the good of society, is also taken care of by the God. Working for the God, for the good of society, is an indication of divinity blossoming in you. So, Hanumanji helped Sri Rama, but he never got into the state of ego or arrogance that he’s helping Sri Rama. He knew that such thoughts are only illusionary and he had got that luck to work for Sri Rama. So, he worked under Sri Rama all his life while doing all Sri Rama’s work.
Q: What is difference between self and mind?
Sri Sri: Self is the ocean and mind is a wave.
Q: What is sin and virtue?
Sri Sri: Sin is that which inflicts pain on yourself and also on others. Virtuous action is that which brings peace and happiness to you and also to others.
Q: What would be your best memory of happiness?
Sri Sri: Happiness is when you want nothing, and you want to give. Where the wanting and desires end, and the sharing begins, happiness is exactly there. Memory is not happiness. When you are happy, you forget everything. It is when happiness is gone that you dwell in its memory. In the world, people are either dreaming of happiness or remembering happiness. That is either being in the past or the future. But happiness is that which is in the present. And it is your very nature.
Q: What is your definition of Happiness?
Sri Sri: Happiness is the direction in which life tends to flow.
Q: I feel contented when I am alone. But mind stucks to the outside events and people while interacting with others. Is there any way that I can experience the serene solitude even when I am with people?
Sri Sri: You are at the right place. We will see in sometime how it is possible. (Ashtavakra Talk continued the session)