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.
Coming to abundance, how does one feel abundance? I was asked this same question by an employee 30 years ago. I asked him, "How much money do you have as loan?" He said, "I have 22,000 rupees as loan and I feel I am poor".
I asked him, "Do you know how much loan your company has? It has 22 crores or may be even more!"
I told him, ‘The richest country on the planet, America, do you know how much debt they have? With a debt of 22,000 you think the world has fallen upon you. So now tell me who is rich and who is poor? The one who has a debt of 22 crores or the one who has a debt of Rs. 22,000? You have a limited responsibility of four people, someone else has a responsibility of taking care of 10,000 people". Poverty is only in the mind. In North India, one day before Diwali they celebrate Dhanteras. On Dhanteras they bring out all their wealth, place it in front of God and feel the abundance. Why do they do this? It is because when we feel abundant within, it brings out a positive attitude, energy and enthusiasm, and you are able to get more. But when you are in a 'lack' consciousness, I tell you, that seed that you have sown will increase the lack and reduce abundance. Abundance first starts as a seed within you, so feel abundant. When the seed of abundance is within you, magic happens!
Abundance first starts as a seed within you, so feel abundant.
In the olden days, if some of the children would ask for sweets, the grandmothers would never say that it is not there. They would say, "There are enough sweets, but we just have to go to the shop and buy some". The concept was that, there could be certain angels which would be hovering around, and if you say, "I don’t have this", they would say, “Tathastu”, which means -- so it shall be! You never know when these angels would be hovering around so they would tell us to always keep a positive attitude. This is something beautiful. We need to have a positive attitude at all times.
When the prana (energy) increases, then doubts disappear, questions disappear and problems disappear. When the prana is low, then negativity comes up.
You’re blaming politicians of today, tell me when in the history of time were they any better? Tell me one time in the history of mankind when there was no violence, when there was no Duryodhana, or Marichi, or Ravana, or Kumbhakarna? Were there no Hiranyakashyapu and Hiranyaksha? In fact, in the ancient days, if you would say, "Hari Om", Hiranyakashyapu would come to your home and get you. At least in this age it is better, we don’t have such demons. When we focus on negativity, we harbor it in our mind and get rattled. I would like you to look at it from another angle: there are negative forces, but they are there to unite the good people together. What happened in Paris is a heinous crime, but what did it do? It united the entire nation. A million people got together and stood up for goodness; walked for solidarity. The good will always win! That is also the motto of our nation: ‘Satyameva Jayate’ (Truth alone will triumph) Let’s not forget that! We need to keep reminding ourselves that and each of us here needs to reach out to a hundred or more people and create a wave of happiness.
If you ask anyone, why they are doing what they are doing, what would they say? For happiness, isn’t it? Anyone on this planet does anything for happiness, but do they really find it? Very few find it. So, our duty is to find true, long-lasting happiness and an unshakable smile, and that is called spirituality, and the means is through meditation. Meditation is that which brings intuition, which heightens your intelligence and which brings innovation inside you. This is what is most essential for society today.
Stress means too much to do, too little time and no energy. Stress overshadows our intuition, blurs our innovative spirit and destroys our intelligence. That which is an enemy of all the three (intelligence, innovation and intuition) is stress and mistrust. These we need to eliminate and to do that we have to raise our energy. When our energy is raised, stress is eliminated and intuition appears.
An intellect free from prejudice is one which is really intelligent.
I never paid too much attention to young children, but recently I thought, why don’t we do something for kids and so we conducted an intuition program for children. These kids are able to read with blind-folds on. This knowledge is going to revolutionize education. You cannot fool your kids anymore! You can’t hide things from kids, they know exactly where you have hidden it.
Just day before yesterday a gentlemen messaged me saying that he misplaced an important file and they were searching everywhere for it. His daughter tells him, "Dad, why are you searching for it here and there. It is in the box under your bed". Children have become so intuitive that they can see through the walls. If you keep something in the next room they can tell you what it is.
In Baroda we did a program for about 200 blind children and they were able to see. This is possible through the eyes of the mind. It is amazing! You can find more information and videos on Face book and on YouTube. Even adults can develop this intuitive power but it will take a little longer, do you know why? It is because as adults we have cravings and aversions. We like this, we don’t like that, we like these people, we don’t like these people; we have all types of prejudice clogging our mind. First, we need to be free from that. An intellect free from prejudice is one which is really intelligent. I don't consider the so-called intelligent people of today as intelligent because they are prejudiced. If you have prejudice it means your intelligence is covered. You may have it but you’re not using it.
I want to listen to you speak Sanskrit a little more.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
You better learn to listen to my silence more, I am an expert on it. I am not an expert in any language per se.