What Are Signs of

Tue, 13/03/2018 Bangalore, India

Buddha means the enlightened, and also the super intelligent. Buddhi in Sanskrit means intelligence, and there are four signs of intelligence.



The first sign of intelligence is being alert. You can’t say that I am intelligent but I am a little sleepy. Intelligence means alertness. When you are alert, your perception and observation improves and this helps your expression become perfect.

Many times, people say, “Oh, nobody understands me.”
Instead, they should say, “I haven’t been able to express myself.”
If you have the skill to express, then there can be no misunderstandings. Perception, observation, and expression – all these come from being alert.

Now, if you keep yourself very alert for long periods of time, what happens? You get tired and feel exhausted. So, it’s not in the nature of our brain to be alert all the time. We need relaxation. And the type of relaxation we know is taking a pillow and going to sleep. That's it. Sleep is necessary, but there is another type of relaxation where you are alert and at the same time relaxed, and that is meditation.



Ability to Resolve Conflict

Another sign of intelligence is the ability to resolve conflict. Fools create conflicts. An intelligent person knows how to resolve conflicts in oneself and in her/his surroundings.

If someone is creative but creates a lot of conflicts, you say, “Oh my god, that's not an intelligent thing to do”, isn't it so?

If you put an intelligent person amid a conflict, will there be more conflict or will s/he reduce it? S/he will reduce or resolve it! The tendency to bring harmony is a sign of intelligence. The ability to find a solution is a sign of intelligence.



The next sign of intelligence is humor.
There is a story I would like to tell you. Swami Vivekananda went to a restaurant and went and sat on the same table as his professor. The professor told Swami Vivekananda, “A pig and a bird can't sit on the same table and eat.”
Do you know what Swami Vivekananda said? He said, “Sir, whenever you tell me, I will fly away.”

Intelligence has the ability to turn every conflict into humor. Humor is another sign of intelligence. If you have humor, you will overcome any conflicting situation.


Stress Management

Another sign of intelligence is not getting stressed, and if you do get stressed, to know how to get over it. Intelligence is to know how much to use our mind and our body, and to not overuse it. If we overuse our mind and our body, we get drained, exhausted, and tired.


If you enjoyed reading this content and would like to receive a notification on our future updates, you can subscribe here.

Enter your email address:

You can also write to us on webteam.wisdom@artofliving.org for any questions or comments.

Change The Way You See The World

"In Sanskrit, there is a proverb that says, ‘Yatha Drishti, Tatha Srishti’.
As you see the world, that is how the world becomes for you."

Turn and look at yourself -
how do you see people? Do you trust them? Or does doubt linger at the back of your mind?
In this article, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar talks about seeing the
best in others.



Read earlier posts

  • What Is Surrender?

    July 27, 2018
    • What is Surrender and how do I Surrender?
      In this article Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explains the true essence of the word Surrender.

    The 3 Types of Karma

    July 27, 2018
    • The literal meaning of Karma is action and action has got 3 forms. In this article Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar talks about the 3 forms of karma
  • Karma and Reincarnation

    July 27, 2018
    • How does karma relate to reincarnation and how to eliminate karma? In this article Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explains more on the topic of Karma.

    How to Overcome Inner Conflict

    July 27, 2018
    • Worry conflict sadness unhappiness - all these emotions do not let you be at peace. In this article Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explains how to overcome these inner conflicts and experience more freedom.
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Stress

    July 27, 2018
    • There is a beautiful human being inside everyone but stress covers that beauty. When the stress is gone we become our original selves again. In this article Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speaks on the 5 things we need to know about stress.

    Why You Must Not Judge or Blame

    July 27, 2018
    • We all have this unconscious tendency – we judge ourselves too much or we judge others. We blame ourselves or we blame somebody else. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explains why we must not judge or blame.



Read wisdom from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Live Talks.