Meditation is to be in a 'YES' mind


Q. At times I feel totally disheartened. What should I do?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:  Sometimes we feel like giving up, frustrated. It is because of stress. That time do not take any decisions. You may regret it. Come back to yourself first.

Q: How can I get close to you?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:  Assume that you are close to me. It is you who thinks you are not close.

Q: Is there life on other planets?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:  There is plenty of life on this planet. Let us handle this. Then we can move to other planets!

Q: How do we know what to do in life?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:  First know what not to do. It’s easier. Purpose of life is not to be miserable and make others miserable. It is a gut feeling. Chose which gives you long term happiness even if it gives short term misery. Choosing that which gives you long term misery and short term joy is not wise.

Q: last night you told me that choice is mine blessing is yours. Does that mean whatever I decide, your blessing is there?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You are putting me in a tough situation. If it is related to your profession then choice is yours, blessing is mine. If it is a relationship, then also choice is yours and blessing is mine.

Q: What is the significance of asking if all the answers come from within?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: What if I don’t answer? What is the purpose of all answers? So that the mind says YES! The purpose of all questions and all answers is to bring our mind to YES consciousness. That is meditation - to be in YES mind!

Q: I feel like I am not doing enough service as compared to the blessings I have received.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Keep going!

Q: Is homosexuality wrong and to be changed or is it life’s variety?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: It is a tendency. Many times it changes. So don’t label it. It is there now. It may not be there later. You are a combination of your mother & your father. We have genes of your mother as well as father. Sometimes male tendencies dominate, and sometimes female. Preferences may be stronger for some. Don’t feel guilty or blame yourself. Rise above it. You are not only flesh.  You are light around the wig of flesh. Shift from gender to genderless spirit, it gives you such ease.

Q: I have seen people blessing the food. What is the significance of blessing food?

Sri Sri Ravi Shanakar: The carrots, noodles, salad that you ate yesterday are now listening to me. They are sitting here. Everything is alive in this universe in some way or the other. So today, when you have lunch, look at the food and welcome it to satsang tonight, to sing and to dance. Ancient people knew this and that is why they said to bless the food. Thought is nothing but a quantum of energy and consciousness. Food absorbs thought. So, bless the food today for lunch. Don’t think negative while eating. That is where the negative cycle begins. It is very scientific.

“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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