Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Q: What is the future of St. Petersburg?
Sri Sri: It is in your hands.
Q: How to make someone dear to you understand that something is useful for themand they must go for it?
Sri Sri: Keep pursuing gently and have patience, they will allunderstand. First you should have the conviction that this is good for them,and they will get it. How to get a thought or a desire manifested is verysimple. First intention and keep attention on it and then manifestation willfollow.
Q: What advice would you give to a skepticalnon-believer?
Sri Sri: A very good beginning point. See that you don’t becomecynical and frustrated. Skepticism is perfectly alright, but not cynicism. Thatdrains your energy. One can be skeptical to begin one’s journey and I wouldvery much appreciate and welcome that. Because you would have gone throughskepticism, the faith will be strongly built.
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: How do I feel more energetic repeating the same old routine everyday?
Sri Sri: First look into the mirror and give a big smile to yourself.Ok? Then do breathing technique, little bit of yoga and meditation. Give sometime to yourself everyday and you will be more energetic and beautiful.
Q: We have individualized ourselves too much, and have createdseparations around us. We have forgotten our human behavior of being awakened.How can we get back to that oneness? There are so many ways. How is this way unique and different?
Sri Sri: It is very simple and all you need to do is toattend to the seven levels of our existence – body, breath, mind, intellect,memory, ego and then the Self.
I have spokenextensively about love in the NaradaBhakti Sutras
, about awareness and consciousness in the Ashtavakra Geeta
, and about mindfulnessin the Patanjali Yogasutras
From the Part 1course to the Part 2 courses, it is a beautiful step-by-step journey, and youcan get to that experience. Not only what you read in books, but it will beyour own practical experience. The Yes!+ course for youth brings about amazingtransformation.
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: What is the visualization of God in ancient India?
Sri Sri: In ancient India, they described God as beauty. A discipleonce asked what God is. The Master replied – Truth, beauty and love. That isGod. Is God sitting in heaven giving a little finger? No, it is only in thepainting. God is truth, beauty and love. It is that field and energy present inthe entire creation. When can you appreciate beauty? And what doesn’t allow youto appreciate? When mind is bombarded with worry, anger, hate and tension, youcan’t even smile from your heart.
Thoughyou are sitting in a ballet, but you can’t appreciate if you are angry. You canonly appreciate when you are in the present moment.
Q: You travel so much…
Ifeel at home with everyone and everywhere. I don’t find anyone a stranger. Ioften say that I am a child who refuses to grow up.
Q:I am running after a dream since long. How to get that fulfilled?
Sri Sri: Be practical in taking care of your daily needs and see whatthe reality is at that point. You have a dream and you want to achievesomething. But that dream or idea may not match the reality that is right now.So understand the present reality and match it with your dream. This is whateverybody has to do.
See,suppose you are teaching mathematics to a student. First you should know thepresent state of the child’s mind. If the child can’t count two plus two isfour, there is no point in teaching the multiplication table. Do you see thepracticality now?
Q: What do you say on the rumors of destruction of the world in the year 2012?
Sri Sri: I want to tell you a story. In 1999, when I was in NorthAmerica, there was a rumor that everything will shut down in 2000. People soldhomes and stored food for six months - Milk powder, dry vegetables etc. Oh myGod! Then also I told that there would be no disaster and everything would beas usual. Now again, I am assuring you that it is only in the movie. The worldwill continue. In fact, transformation will be there from greedy materialism tohumanism. Children will be more aware of spirituality. There is a bright futurefor the world. Don’t think of any disaster. A disaster is already happening.This is because we have exploited the planet. We have put so many dynamites totake minerals, and hence earthquakes have become dominant. The weather! Russianever had such hot temperatures. So we have to care for the planet Earth. Planttrees and do all that is needed to reduce human greed. What do you think?