If you are chanting you cannot be depressed

Bangalore, 5 December 2011

Q: Guruji, sometimes I feel bored with seva, satsang and knowledge. Is something wrong with me and am I on the path?Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You know there are 9 obstacles in the path of Yoga.
I have already spoken about it in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras.
Vyadhi, Styana, Samsaya, Pramada, Alasya, Avirati, Bhranti Darsana, Alabdha bhumikatva and Anavasthitattva. These are the nine obstacles.
Physical disease, mental inertia, doubts coming to your mind about the path; and then not attaining any state, not having any interest in anything.
These are all momentary obstacles that come to any yogi. But when you continue with one pointed devotion you can overcome all these obstacles.
It is not a big deal, they come and they go.
Many of you have had this problem, sometimes you don’t feel like meditating and afterwards suddenly your meditation became deep. Or sometimes so many doubts come to your mind and then suddenly one day they all disappeared.

Q: Guruji, what is the technique behind, ‘you are everywhere yet nowhere and you are nowhere yet everywhere’, can you teach us?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Hollow and Empty!
Relax and let go.
It is the ego, that ‘I am’ is separate from everything, from existence. That causes the sense of not being part of the whole or not being the whole itself.

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