Friday, April 4, 2014
Developing Intuitive Abilities
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Yes, of course you can. . When the mind is free of cravings, aversions and distortions, then it settles and becomes sharper. That is when intuition develops. But if your mind is constantly stuck in desires about something or another, then it does not happen.
When your mind settles and becomes still, then these abilities develop in you.
Just today I remembered that towards the end of August 2011, I had said that Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal will not stay together (in the fight against corruption in India), and they will soon part ways.
In those days when the anti-corruption movement had just begun, no one had even imagined that they would ever part ways. But I felt that they would not stick together for too long.
The Guru (here referring to Anna Hazare) and the disciple (Arvind Kejriwal) soon parted ways. Whoever heard me did not believe even for one moment that it could be true. There seemed no possibility of it coming true at all. And just look at the state of affairs today.
One is heading North and the other is headed down South of India.
So, . Everyone has experienced this at some time or another in their life. When you do not desire anything and repose within your Self, then this power simply dawns within you.
Now not desiring anything does not mean you should not wish for everyone’s well-being. No, this you can surely wish and pray for. You should wish and pray for the progress and well-being of everyone around you. This deep desire is equal to having no desire at all.
Gurudev, my wife always complains that I do not tell her ‘I love you’. But it is not in my nature to express love through words. Is it necessary to express love?
See, there are different ways of saying and expressing love. Just find a way that suits you and say it. If you cannot say it in words, then express it by making some hand gestures. Or you can write it and give it to her.
If you are away, in another place, you can send her a SMS. Nowadays you do not even have to write complete words in the SMS. Just sending those smileys and emoticons does the job! So just send those to her, one in the morning, then one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
Some people will not believe it, even if you express. After receiving your SMS they will ask, ‘Do you really mean what you sent?’ They might even ask you this. The mind is really very mysterious.
(that which is beyond words or cannot be expressed completely through words). You go ahead and do it. Good luck! (Laughter)
Gurudev, very often people become excited or aggressive during times of revolution and lose their presence of mind. Today we see minor waves of change in the society but they soon disappear because there is no sense of awareness in people. How can we maintain both dynamism and a sense of peaceful awareness at the same time?
It is a bit difficult for everyone to have that state of peaceful awareness. But if our political leaders develop this sense of awareness, then our job of bringing about a positive change in society is done.
When those in leadership positions work with awareness, they will not resort to inciting people in the wrong way. They will be able to channel the enthusiasm and spirit of the people in the right direction. This is what is needed.
So even if a few people start becoming more aware, then they will be able to give the right direction to the energy and enthusiasm of all the people around them. If the politicians themselves do not have awareness and continue to be entangled in petty conflicts and issues, then the country will surely be headed in the wrong direction.
Gurudev, what is the meaning of Sankhya Yoga?
is to wake up and see that all this does not exist. There is only One, and everything works through that. See that even thoughts are nothing, everything is just vibrations.
Sankhya Yoga means the soul is eternal. Knowing that there is an element in me, which does not perish, diminish, or age. Relax knowing that .
Just knowing this, and relaxing within the Self is called .
Gurudev, in the Agama tradition, it is said that the Asana (here meaning holy or revered seat of a deity) for the Devi (Mother Divine) is both Dharma (righteous conduct) and Adharma (immoral conduct or deeds). Can you please explain this?
Yes, (here referring to the Mother Divine as the source of all energy) is present in both and . Otherwise, Ravana (the demon king of Lanka) would not have had the power to stand up against Lord Rama. He was strong and powerful, which is why he could gather might to stand against Lord Rama.
In the same way, if the demon did not have any power, he would not have been able to face Goddess Durga. Is it not so?
A war always takes place between opponents of equal power and skill. A 50-year old man would not wrestle or fight a five year old child.
When the (referring to the event of the churning of , the great ocean by the demigods and the demons) took place, there were the (demigods) on one side, and the (demons) on the other side. It is because they were both equal to each other in power that they could churn the ocean using the great serpent . If the power of the had been greater than that of the , then they would have simply pulled the to their side. And if the had been mightier, then the would have gotten pulled to their side. But that is not so. They are both equal in strength, which is why sometimes the (representing righteousness and virtue) win, and sometimes it is the Asuras (representing negativity and immorality) win.
Sometimes triumphs, and sometimes triumphs. It depends on who wins. When wins over , we say that it is (the Golden Age; referring to the epoch of time characterized by goodness and prevalence of morality). When triumphs, we say that it is (the Dark Age; referring to the epoch of time characterized by immorality and downfall of human values).
Who wins in the end of this conflict is decided by (here implying Time).
When the (one of the three gunas characterizing wisdom and righteousness) is more, then surely wins over . When there is predominance of (one of the three gunas characterizing attributes such as activity and passion) and (the guna characterizing negativity and inertia), then wins in the end.
A conflict implies a battle between two equals. Now, the (referring to the Mother Divine as the primordial energy that creates and sustains all of creation) transcends this conflict and is much higher than it. What is ? It is One without duality or conflict. .