Saturday, August 15, 2009
It’s not ok, its not ok
Q. There are many things in my life which I think are not ok. I don’t know what to do about these things.
Sri Sri: When you say, ‘It’s not ok, its not ok’, the seed of ‘not ok’ is un-abling your mind to relax. When do you go to bed? When everything is ok, when there is comfort. When you are hanging on to the discomfort, how can you ever be comfortable? You have to accept things as they are. ‘It’s not ok, it’s not ok’ keeps you all outside. Those imperfections are there for a cause or purpose. It is going to be ok, it will take some time. Things are ok the way they are now, They will be ok in the future.
Whatever happened in the past was ok. When you understand this, you relax and in that relaxation you can meditate. When you want to retire, its nivriti but when you want to come out (of rest) its pravritti. Then you can act. When you are tired but you are hanging on to what is not ok - then you cannot retire. When you have to chill out, what do you say? ‘Everything is perfect,’ otherwise you can’t chill, you can’t act! It is neither pravritti, nor nivriti. Dhyan yoga is nivriti, Karma yoga is pravritti. Most people are hanging onto the ‘not ok’ and are unable to relax, to enjoy life, to chill, to be creative. They are holding onto the seed of ‘not ok’. That person, this situation, the government, the administration - everything is not ok. Then it comes to you - I am not ok. Subtly, it reflects on you that you are not OK. Then you don't like that feeling and to cover that up, you make up many justifications and the mind is all confused. If tamogun is too much, you don't know the pravritti or the nivriti. When there is Satva, then we know what to act, when to act, whether to act or not. When Rajogun prevails then its half way through - you regret and act. Many of us act because we regret. Mother scolds her child, regrets it and then becomes nice.
In Satva, you don't regret, you retire and relax, there is clarity.
In Rajogun, there is confusion and chaos.
In Tamogun, there is total inertia and lethargy.
There is no strict border between the three gunas. It is very fluid, one flows into another.
Q. In the Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, Lord Krishna addresses Arjuna as Gudakesh. What does it mean?
Sri Sri: To teach Arjuna, Krishna kept on praising him and never called him a fool unlike most teachers nowadays who use severe criticism when they wish to correct someone. Krishna never did like this - even when Arjuna was behaving like a fool, talking like he knows it all. After all, he was a prince. Krishna uplifted him with praise and then asked him to do what was right for him. We should know what is pravritti and nivriti. When Satva is low, a person doesn't know where to work, where to rest. Krishna praised Arjuna like no one could. Only Krishna could since he was very chatur (skilled). He raised Arjuna with respect not with guilt or inferiority. The wise never make a person feel inferior.