Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: I was once told that Yogis do not meet with the God, have you ever met with God?
Sri Sri: First tell me, who is God according to you? Somebody sitting up in the heaven! No! God is that from which nothing can escape. When the mind is totally relaxed, it merges in the Divine, it relaxes in the Divine. The whole point is to relax the mind in that soothing consciousness. When the wave is on the surface, it is a wave. But when it identifies itself with the depth of the ocean, it becomes the ocean.
God is love and it is inside each one of us.
Q: How to change the system? Sometimes I feel very outraged and I don’t get to understand how to stand up against that. Please guide.
Sri Sri: Yes, you are right. That is why we all have to work together. We can achieve a lot when we do something together. When you know, there are so many people with you, you get that confidence. Come up with your ideas. Float your ideas. Those who have interest in spirituality, those who have human values should run the country. When some mean people get into power,then it creates problem for the whole nation. We will have to choose the right people. There should be an independent agency. The agency where they can check any corruption, an agency that is independent of the government so that it can also check corruption at the government level as well. The path is long, and you will all have to work for it. The path is long, lots to do, and I am confident that you people can do it. Then nobody will be able to practice corruption.
Q: There is a big threat to Us our lives from some people who have their own concepts for which they are ready to die andkill other people. What should we do and how should we deal with such people?
Sri Sri: Ya, we need to deal with them with patience and will have to educate them. It is not an easy task butperhaps we should do it by inviting them and when one among them joins to spread peace, it would be easy.
Q: Why do I feel de-motivated sometimes?
Sri Sri: Because you are into so much of television and newspaper reading. So, you need such company which motivates you. In wrong company, one feels de-motivated. You should take it as a challenge – I won’t be de-motivated come what may.
Q: How to have focus while studying?
Sri Sri: Do at least something. Sometimes a little pain is also good. Like if you cannot walk, but when you participate in a marathon, you put in your 100 percent. Isn’t it? Like if you are thrown in an ocean, until you don’t find the shore, you continue swimming. Would you leave in between even if you are tired? So, even if you don’t feel like doing, it is boring, take it as a challenge, “I will somehow finish this subject”. Even if you don’t know swimming, you get to learn that in water.
Q: If one faces failure in some task again and again, should I continue to do the same, or should Idrop that?
Sri Sri: There is one proverb in India, “Task gets accomplished with the Sattva, and not with the material”.So, in order to get something done, sattogun should rise. And what does one do to increase Sattogun?With right food, right conduct, and relaxing your mind for some time - This is first. Secondly, even if you face failure inspite of that, sattogun doesn’t let your enthusiasm to shatter, and when that driving force is still there, you don’t eventhink of dropping. Like if gambler wins once, he develops that taste to win. And then he continues to play again and againwith the wish to win, and even when some failure is encountered, hedoesn'teven think of dropping in between. Even duringsome failure, that strong conviction of achieving some good is there, and this conviction will be there when you have thatdedication for the task. Like, with enthusiasm in action and peace in heart, people kept fighting for freedom for twocenturies.
The ones who were fighting for freedom, theydidn'tget any money, they didn’t steal anything, but did they leavethe drive?
And third factor, look for the reason of failure. Every failure is a step towards success. One reason can be some weakness inoneself or some weak point in the system, arrangements. Self weakness – like someone is not able to present the workproperly. E.g. if you go for interview, and say some words here and there, then interviewer develops a doubt if you would beable to do that or not. So, onedoesn'tget job because of one’s weakness. To get rid of one’s weakness, enhance yourabilities.
Each failure is a step towards success, so analyze what did you learn out of this? Did you flow with the emotions? You didn'tconsult those who are already into that profession? Youdidn'ttrust them, or you didn’t keep faithful people with you. Allthese reasons could be there. So, to get rid of any weakness, enhance your ability, and go into the depth of knowledge of thefield in which you wish to move ahead.
Second is to amend the system or arrangements. Now, this is not in hands of a single person. Like if corruption is to bechecked, can you fight alone? Be with the group. Awaken that intelligence in people for that. Get people to move ahead withyou."Sanghe Shakti Kaliyuge"
In kalyuga, the power is in the team. People say that it is the peak of kalyuga, and it is as if truth has taken a backseat.If you feel like that, then work in a team. Take some people along and then see if the task gets accomplished or not. Toenhance capability, you would have to do something yourself, go within yourself. Be in the world to get more people along,and be with yourself to gain abilities. Taking along both the fields, you will definitely get success in your tasks.If you have given all your trials, put in your 100 percent and if, even then, youdidn'tget success, then it isOK. Takesome other work in your hands. But don’t run away if you face failure for the first or second time.
Q: Does everybody need a Guru?
Sri Sri: Do you need an answer? If yes, then yes. If some people do not feel the need, then also it is alright. When you ask a question, and somebody gives an answer, the one who gives you the answer anyway plays the role of the Guru. You need medicine, and you go to a doctor. The one, who gives you medicine, becomes a doctor. Similarly who gives the answer, you accept him as your Guru.
Q: Is it ok to ask God helping us in exams, to get us through the examination? Does it happen?
Sri Sri: Whatever you need to wish, you can do that, and it gets fulfilled. God is a very lively and loving consciousness. That is why, desires get fulfilled.
Q: Do the ones who have died, feel something? Is there anything after death?
Sri Sri: Yes, it happens for some time. At least the effect of worldly memories remain up to one year, and then it fades away slowly in next two – three years.
Q: How does one experience that blissful divinity with in?
Sri Sri: Meditation, Seva/Service and Satsang.