Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Where do you go when you meditate?
Sri Sri: I do not go anywhere, I just be everywhere.
Q: What is the relation between meditation, sleep and dream?
Sri Sri: You have used three different words; you first tell me what definition do you have for these three?
Meditation is when you are awake as well as relaxed.
You don’t know anything in deep sleep. Only after you wake up, you get to know that you were sleeping. And a dream is a dream. The experiences that you already have had, when those reflect again in your mind, your consciousness, that is dream.
Q: Will I have more experiences?
Sri Sri: Experience happens on its own, but don’t hanker for experiences.
Q: How can I be a selfless devotee? I have been doing business with you till now. What step should I take to be the same?
Sri Sri: This wish has arisen in you, so take it for granted that it has already started. I don’t mind even if you do business. Anyway, you would be getting much more than you give. Live joyfully. You wouldn’t encounter any loss even if you do business.
Q: Is it true that my previous and the coming generations also get the merit when I meditate. Are my parents also benefitted when I meditate?
Sri Sri: Yes, there is something like that also.
Q: How to keep the God and world together?
Sri Sri: How can you keep them together? They are already one. Where is the question of combining them? In the nature of form, it is world, and same is God in its formless nature. You don’t have to do anything to bring them together.
Sri Sri: You assume that you have devotion. Don’t strive to have devotion. We should assume that we have love and devotion in us. When you believe in this, the devotion in you enhances. When you think you don’t have devotion at all, it wouldn’t manifest.
Q: How to give 100 percent. I often feel I don’t know how to give my 100 percent?
Sri Sri: Do you want the answer?
(Yes from the boy)
Do you really want the answer?
(Yes from the answer)
Do you 100 percent want the answer?
(Very Intense yes from the boy)
(Calm and Enthusiastic Yes from the boy)
See, you already have it.
Q: When intellect and heart say different things, whom should we follow?
Sri Sri: When it comes to work, follow your intellect. And follow your heart when it comes to service.
Q: I started doing spiritual practices when I was 17 years old. I have tried many practices. After long practice of meditation, I have had many out of body experiences. At certain stage, my mind became dysfunctional and I was frightened. Can you please guide me?
Sri Sri: Some people try different techniques, they try to learn everything being taught anywhere, and end up making a chaos out of it. That is why, all this happens. The path which is being guided here is very safe. Do as much as needed. If you try to follow all kinds of techniques, it creates a problem.