Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lovingly called as Guruji, the founder of Art of Living Foundation through which He relieves the stress at individual levels, thus reducing violence, sufferings and conflicts and spreading the love, harmony, peace throughout the world in various societies.
(Announcement: Jai Guru Dev, today we have with us a person who has achieved great heights in organic farming. His name is Mr. Khan and he is harvesting around 800 different types of paddy in a nearby village called Malavalli. During his great grandfather’s time, his family got the land from Tippu Sultan. Today he is growing all the types of mango trees which were present during that time. It is around 120 types of mangoes. People who have created a revolution in organic farming are here, in Karnataka. Today they have come to get Gurudev's blessings, and we welcome them.)
See how nicely this mat has been made from rice and wheat paddy. It is very innovative. If you make a festoon from it and keep this at your home, all the birds will come and take the paddy one by one and eat it. Do good work like this.
Look, the youth should come into the agriculture field and bring in innovation like this. That is how India will move forward. It is so admirable that the farmers have brought with them so many varieties of seeds. They have grown as many as 700-750 types of rice. And they have not only preserved these varieties but are also reviving different varieties of seeds.
The youth engaging in farming and doing good work like this is very special news. If the country is to sustain and for everyone to get food, the youth will have to get into agriculture.
When I do the Art of Silence Course, I feel hollow and empty. But again after a week I find that I am full of desires and botherations. How can I be hollow and empty all the time?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
This is like asking, 'How can I eat once for this lifetime and not have to keep eating every day?'
You know, it is such a boring job. Every day you have to cook and eat. If you eat today, again tomorrow you feel hungry. If you eat in the morning, then again in the evening you feel hungry.
You cannot eat just once and be done with it because the body has its own nature. The same is with your mind. Entertainment is not enough once. Would you listen to me if I tell you that it is enough to watch only one movie in your lifetime? You need entertainment again and again. Body needs nutrition again and again. To satisfy hunger we eat food. We drink water to quench thirst. We take rest when we are tired. In the same way, spirituality is also like that. To satisfy spiritual hunger, we need to meditate again and again.
Usually when we do any physical work, our heart beat increases, but when we do yoga we can’t feel the heart beat increasing. Can you explain this?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Your metabolism goes up when you do physical exercise. That is necessary. But, when you rest, your heart beat decreases; you need that rest. You should balance work and rest, then life expectancy is much higher.