Meditation Brings Back the Smile

The way to expand from individual to universal consciousness is to share the sorrow and joy of others. As you grow, your consciousness should also grow. As you expand in knowledge over time, depression is not possible. Your innermost source is joy.

The way to overcome personal misery is to share universal misery. The way to expand personal joy is to share universal joy. Instead of thinking, “What about me? What can I gain from this world?” think, “What can I do for the world?” When everyone considers only what they can contribute to society, you will have a divine society.

We have to educate and culture our individual consciousness to expand over time with knowledge: to bring a change from “What about me” to “What can I contribute?”

If you are not having good experience in meditation, then do more seva - you will gain merit and your meditation will be deeper. When you bring some relief or freedom to someone through seva, good vibrations and blessings come to you.

Seva brings merit; merit allows you to go deep in meditation and meditation brings back the smile.

(Sri Sri gave this knowledge sheet in St. Louis, Missuri, United States of America on June 13,1996)

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