Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Gurudev, what is death? What happens to a man after dying? Some people say that one becomes a ghost; others say one goes to heaven or hell. What actually happens after death?
Sri Sri: There is so much time left to discover that. You will definitely get to know. First understand what this life is.
Q: Gurudev, you are God. Then which God do you believe in?
Sri Sri: ‘Which’ God you ask? Are there many Gods? There is only one and that is in you, in me. There are no two
Q: Gurudev, can we donate our organs after death?
Sri Sri: Yes, you can. You will not have any problems in your next life because of donating organs in this life. You will not be born as blind or crippled in your next birth. But this does not mean you will get an extra eye also (Laughter) Do not think that ‘I donated my eyes in this life, so I should have four eyes in the next!’ It will not happen that way at all.
Q: It is considered old fashioned now to practice spirituality and human values. How can we inculcate these values in the coming generation?
Sri Sri: No, it is not so at all In fact it is the latest fashion. You talk to all our YES+. Fashion keeps changing with the time. What you are talking about is what used to happen in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Now since the year 2000 onwards, spirituality is the biggest fashion.
Q: Gurudev, in the Bhagawat Gita the Lord says that you have to perform Karma (action) as long as you are alive. But one Karma leads to Karma. That is why this cycle never gets over. My question is, which is that Karma by which we can be liberated from the cycle of Karma?
Sri Sri: Liberation is acquired by Nishkama-Karma (Action which is done without any feverishness or attachment to the fruits of the action).
Q: Gurudev, my friend often criticizes and speaks bad things. I believe in blessings since I have done the course. I feel bad for him. What should I do?
Sri Sri: It is okay. You should not get upset with that. Okay! Just smile now.
Q: Gurudev, it is said that parents are our first Guru. How many people who have come here respect their parents? What would you like to say about this?
Sri Sri: Yes, definitely they should respect their parents. One should respect their parents and obey them.
Q: I am very passionate towards my goal. But while working to achieve it, I become frustrated and desperate. How to handle that?
Sri Sri: As I said, you need passion, dispassion and compassion. Only passion will not help. Along with passion, dispassion is also essential.
Q: Gurudev, I liked the Shakti Kriya very much. What is this source of energy? What is the secret behind it? Please explain.
Sri Sri: There is energy everywhere. Everything in creation is just the play of this (divine) energy. No praise is enough. That is it.
Q: Gurudev, it is said that there are people doing penance in the cave below the Sumeru Mantapa (a place in the Ashram). Have they not got liberated as yet?
Sri Sri: Listen, there is no soul doing penance there. There is nothing like that at all.