What Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: said today:
Bangalore ashram, Feb. 24:
Q: What is your wish regarding Sanskrit language?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: I see beyond languages. Language, of course has its place but I am more concerned about the consciousness and the state of mind. How can we raise the level of consciousness in the world? Of course, Sanskrit is a great and a beautiful language. It is mother of many languages. Russian, German, English and other Indian languages, all have their roots in Sanskrit.
Q: In Patanjali yogasutra you said ‘Knowledge of sleep leads to Samadhi. Please explain.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: Yes, Samadhi can also be attained with the avlamban (need) of knowledge of sleep and dream.
Q: How can we know if our devotion has fully matured or not?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: Don’t worry about if your devotion is matured or not. Know that devotion is there. Never think that you don’t have devotion or you lack devotion.
Q: How does one balance between our heart and the brain when both say opposite things?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: If you are dealing in business, then follow your brain. And if it comes to home or relationship, then follow your heart.
Q: Good and bad thoughts come and go in the mind. Do these form karma?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: No, when you are a witness (sakshi) to the thoughts coming and going, no karma is formed. When you feel sad thinking that your thought is bad, it is then when your mind gets affected.
Q: Please talk about karma and karamfal (fruit of action).
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: You have asked this question – this is a karma. You are listening to my answer is also Karma. Life is karamfal only.
Q: Guruji please tell us something about Vedic mathematics?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: We have Vedic mathematics department in the Ashram with several Vedic mathematics teachers in the department. There are some 16 – 17 formulas using which many mathematical problems can be solved. All lovers of mathematics should study that.
Q: What has more importance: moksha or Divine love in spirituality?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: Those who don’t bother about happiness achieve moksha and those who are not even bothered about moksha attain Divine love. We will have to move ahead in two steps.
Q: Why is not every human being pure?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: Every human is pure but filled with dirt. Every human being is like a diamond. The fact that the diamond is in mud, does not make it mud. You simply have to pick it up and wash it. And it shines again. The shiny nature of diamond is always there but covered with mud and slush.
Q: How does one balance between professional life and spiritual life?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:: You know how to ride bicycle or motor bike? How do you balance? You just do it.“That which you cannot express is Love.
That which you cannot reject/renounce is Beauty.
That which you cannot avoid is the Truth.”
~ Sri Sri Ravishankar
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