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Why are people corrupt

Why are people so corrupt, why do they rob others? Because belongingness and intimacy has been lost and wherever belongingness or intimacy is absent, corruption grows. That is why it is necessary to cultivate a sense of intimacy. Unless the soul is at peace, corruption and misconduct will continue to thrive in society. Meditation and satsang satisfy the hunger of the soul.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Anyone can get enlightened, anyone can meditate

Q: Why swamis have beard and long hair?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: We do 100%, either we take everything off or keep everything. But it is no sign to get beard or long hair to get enlightened. Anyone can get enlightened, anyone can meditate. Outer appearance is immaterial. This is just a uniform.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, YogShiromani

If you are just beginning to meditate, restlessness comes up or you feel very sleepy…

Q: I am very restless or I am very sleepy. How do I get a better balance for meditation?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Again these experiences are so common for a beginner. If you are just beginning to meditate, restlessness comes up or you feel very sleepy. When stresses get released from your system, such a passage may be common. Farry will tell you more on this. When it comes from a scientist mouth, it has more flavors to it. He is doing a lot of research in Oslo University on Sudarshan Kriya. They found how the chromosomes of your body change! He just told me some very exciting news. So when stress release happens, the chemical or structural form in which stress was stored gets released, you get all these experiences. Your endocrine system readjusts itself, because we have violated our body in so many ways so many times. We have not kept the balance; we have not honored our own body, so jerks may happen. How many of you have found some jerks?

Emotions may come up and you feel completely confused. All this may happen. It's not that it should happen. Sometimes it doesn't happen and you say am I not releasing any stress? That person is getting stress released and I am so quiet. Don't compare your experience with anybody whatsoever. We all are so different. Everybody's nervous system is so different. And at different times, different experiences come to different people.

So at any time we should never compare our experiences with others and feel sorry or happy about it.

Why do so many religions face east when praying

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Dalai Lama

Q. Why do so many religions face east when praying? Is it good to face east when meditating?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Different reasons exist. The sun rises in the east. So, in the morning, you meditate facing east. But in the evening, you face west because the sun sets in the west. Energy flows from where the sun is. So, when you face the sun, you are balanced. For prayer and meditation, you need balance - balance of mind, posture… See, it does not matter which direction you face when you meditate, as long as you are facing a direction and meditating.

Then and now…

2:51 min video

Transcription

A long time ago, a really long time ago, no (laugh) not that long ago. We don’t know when exactly, we saw the worlds first scientists. These weren't you know typical scientists. They began by letting their mind get very still, and in this quiet space they were able to discover amazing things and discover many secrets about the human body, mind and consciousness. They discovered then that the way we breathe affects the way you feel. And what you eat affects what you think. They noticed that to function well, the mind and memory need rest.  And that, meditation is the deepest rest of all, giving you incredible amounts of energy. They also discovered that experiences can cloud our vision by getting stuck in our minds, meditation can clear them, so hear, see and feel more clearly.

These scientists or seers would compare notes and then share their knowledge with the community. As you know in that time people didn't have Facebook, Twitter and phone, so information spread incredibly slow - from one person to another and from group to group. Over time what the seers have learnt got lost and was misunderstood, until those who have been in the deepest of meditations were able to rediscover the secrets and restore it. Meditation is universal.  Just like you don’t have to be Italian to eat pasta.

Fast forward to the modern day...

People that were searching for deeper meanings of life, travel the globe and learned that some of the greatest seers lived in India. Listened, asked questions and found something important and in doing so they began to share it.

What if everyone could have a more peaceful and clear mind? Can we study less and get better grades? What about run faster, be smarter, better, stronger, wiser? We are all connected. We can create a better world and it starts with something as simple as closing your eyes, meditating and feeling a deeper connection with yourself. When you feel good you treat others around you better and the cycle continues. Who would have thought that the work of  ancient scientists would have the power to transform our world today!

To really open your eyes sometimes you have to close them.

To dive deeper this is http://us.yesplus.org

Spanish translation by Google

Hace mucho tiempo, hace muchísimo tiempo, no se ríen () no hace tanto tiempo. No sabemos cuándo exactamente, vimos los primeros científicos mundos. No eran ustedes saben los científicos típico. Comenzaron por dejar que su mente se ponen muy quieto y tranquilo en este espacio fueron capaces de descubrir cosas asombrosas y descubrir muchos secretos sobre el cuerpo humano, la mente y la conciencia. Descubrieron entonces que la forma en que respiramos afecta la manera en que se siente. Y lo que usted come afecta lo que piensas. Se dieron cuenta de que para funcionar bien, la mente y el resto necesita memoria. Y eso, la meditación es el más profundo de todos los demás, dándole una increíble cantidad de energía. También descubrieron que las experiencias pueden nublar nuestra visión se queda pegada en nuestra mente, la meditación puede eliminarlas, por lo que oír, ver y sentir con más claridad.
Estos científicos o videntes que comparar notas y compartir sus conocimientos con la comunidad. Como usted sabe, en aquel entonces la gente no tenía Facebook, Twitter y teléfono, así que la información lleguen increíblemente lento - de una persona a otra y de un grupo a otro. Con el tiempo lo que los videntes han aprendido perdido e incomprendido era, hasta aquellos que han estado en lo más profundo de las meditaciones fueron capaces de descubrir los secretos y restaurarla. La meditación es universal. Al igual que usted no tiene que ser italiano para comer pasta.
Un avance rápido hasta la actualidad ...
Las personas que estaban en busca de significados más profundos de la vida, viajar por el mundo y se enteró de que algunos de los grandes videntes vivió en la India. Escuchó, hizo preguntas y se encontró algo importante y, al hacerlo, comenzó a compartirlo.
¿Qué pasa si todo el mundo podía tener una mente más tranquila y clara? ¿Podemos estudiar menos y obtener mejores calificaciones? ¿Qué hay de correr más rápido, más inteligente, mejor, más fuerte, más sabio? Todos estamos conectados. Podemos crear un mundo mejor y comienza con algo tan simple como cerrar los ojos, meditar y sentir una conexión más profunda con uno mismo. Cuando te sientes bien tratas a los demás a su alrededor una mejor y el ciclo continúa. ¿Quién hubiera pensado que el trabajo de los antiguos científicos tendrían el poder de transformar nuestro mundo de hoy!
Para realmente abrir los ojos a veces hay que cerrarlas.
Para bucear más profundo esta es http://us.yesplus.org

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