Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: Ifeel very shy while interacting with people. What is the remedy for the same?
Sri Sri: You know, when you have a sense of belongingness, shynessdisappears.
Q: Doyou have any special courses or programs to help the people working honestly inmass media to reduce the stress?
Sri Sri: Yes. You know, this program that we teach is very useful inreducing stress, irrespective of whether you are in a media company or in the corporatesector or in aviation. Stress is a common factor in any work place and thiswill definitely help people get out of stress. Mainly, what we need to see inthe world today is a violence-free society, a disease-free body, a confusion-freemind, an inhibition-free intellect and trauma-free memory. You know, we nurtureso many types of inhibitions; if ten compliments are given to you and only oneinsult is given, your mind locks onto the one insult. So we need to bring achange to that - a trauma-free memory and a sorrow-free soul. This is the birthright of every individual and this is what these practices bring to you.
Q: Please tell us what does ‘one word family’ mean to you and what should we do tomake this family happy?
Sri Sri: What family means to me? The whole world is one family for me.You know, I feel absolutely at home wherever I am. I never have a feeling ofbeing in a country or land that is not mine. I never felt strange anywhere. Myconcept is to see the whole world as one family; of course family is a veryimportant institution, it is the foundation of a society.
Q: What shall we do to always be happy, because as I know your concept is to relaxand attain happiness by that?
Sri Sri: What to do to always be happy? First, drop the feverishnessto hold onto ALWAYS and you will find yourself happy. And then, if some momentsof unpleasantness creep into life, accept that also.
Q: Should yoga become an integrated subject in school, especially iftraining/practicing can help our students to achieve something higher?
Sri Sri: Yes, certainly. Inseveral countries, they have already made yoga compulsory in schools.
Q: The women in our epics seem to have done so many extraordinary feats, it is difficult to believe they are true!
Sri Sri: Let us take gandhari for eg, she produced a 100 children from pots.Test tube babies is exactly what she created. One embryo and 100 pots! We did know what the science behind is! Unless proven otherwise it is a fact. Like nobody believed that dinosaurs existed but you have the proof. Jatayu, a dinosaur bird existed and carried Sita. There are facts that Lord Krishna existed. The way it is presented is usually a little mixture of imagination and facts. Like a poem is facts and imagination mixed. If you read the biography of Abdul Kalam, Jawahar lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, you will find they add things.
Q: Anyamount of positivity I try in life, small failure makesme feel low?
Sri Sri: How are you feeling now?Failures come in life - do you do sadhanaeveryday? Chant Om Namah Shivay forten minutes everyday. Theenergy you get from chanting is amazing
In China, there was a popular person who had seven diseases. He started chantingOm everyday for two hours and the diseasesgot cured. Sage Patanjali said this many years ago: if we chant Om every day, it reduces negative energyat home.
There are many health problems because of the number of chemicalsused in food, soap and also radiations. We should keep our food satvic, dochanting and pranayama
The incidence of cancer is increasing nowadays because we don’t give enoughimportance to food.
Q: Whatis the fastest way to feel belongingness and unity?
Sri Sri: When you are free fromstress, you have a sense of belongingness and understanding. This is whathappens when people undergo The Art of Living program. It happens so naturally.
Q: In today’s world, people really think of survival. How to deal with it?
Sri Sri: It isa natural concept where survival is the first thing. It is a natural instinct butwhen self-confidence and vision is infused, survival will naturally be includedin it, without any kind of fear. I have spoken about this in our books - Celebrating Silence and Celebrating Love. You can read thesebooks when you have a question.
Q: What should I do to be in the present moment more effectively?
Sri Sri: You are planning now what to do in the future to be in the present moment! Got it?