Saturday, October 22, 2011
When you become subtle in your mind and go deep in your heart, you turn vegetarian naturally
October 09, 2011
Q: Guruji tell us about Navratri and why we do all the yagyas and everything?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Navratri is special time where you invoke all the divine impulses. They’re all blessings. It’s an ancient way, in the yagyas all the five elements are used to bring the positive energy.
Q: Guruji do you recommend that we do singing during satsang when we’re in silence or should we be in complete silence?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You can sing during satsang, definitely.
Q: Guruji can you talk about space and what is inside the space?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: What is in the space? Everything is in the space; there is nothing outside the space.
Q: What is the key to knowledge?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The key to knowledge is asking questions and listening to the answers. See unless you open the computer you don’t get the information right? You have to press the key, put your password and then go into whatever you want to know.
Q: Are there any special things we can do to prepare for the full moon that is coming?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Nothing, it comes on its own (laughter). Everything is happening just relax and enjoy.
Q: Does anything exist outside of the present moment?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Look, present moment is very deep that is where all the energy exists. Outside the present moment there is nothing but in the present moment the future and past is also there. So the present moment is not just some small thing, it is multidimensional. You got it? Time now and here, that space is so vast so deep the mind cannot fathom it. Mind simply dissolves in the present moment.
Q: Guruji, what is the seed of the thought ’I’m not good enough.’ Why does it keep coming back?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: When the mind says ‘I’m not good enough’, then you know yes there is somebody to make me good. (Laughter)
Q: Do you think they will pass the bill Guruji? The Lokpal Bill?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: They will have to pass it now.
Q: Guruji there is a similar movement in US right now called ‘Occupy Wall Street’ which is fight against corporate greed and corruption and things like that. Do you see importance in that?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, anywhere we see injustice we must stand up. If there is ignorance we must stand up against ignorance. We should stand up against injustice, and where there is inefficiency and inadequateness we should stand up, for that. What do you think? Isn’t it? Wherever there is lack we need to stand up to provide. If there is injustice we should stand and fight against injustice. Where there is ignorance we should stand up and educate. Educate where there is ignorance and stand up against injustice and provide where there is lack.
Q: Guruji, how can we get the Divine to serve us like you get it to serve you?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Same way, just be hollow and empty. Simplicity, honesty and purity you know; just open your heart. I’ve never abused anybody all these 56 years. I’ve never said any bad words to anybody. Not that I achieved it, it’s my nature. At the most I have said, ’stupid’, this is what has come out ‘you stupid’. I must have said it with such an emotional intensity some seven to eight times, not more, that’s all. I’ve never wished bad for anybody, scolded anybody or anything anytime. Simply such bad words, foul words don’t come out of my mouth. And being an open book and honest, you know!