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What is enlightenment?


Q: Guruji we have heard the terms spirituality and enlightenment so often. There are very abstract definitions of the terms. Would you please throw some light on these?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
(Jokingly) You want me to add more confusion to the words and give you one more definition! If I have a choice I would take away all the definitions and leave you in confusion because from that confusion something flowers up in you. My understanding is not going to help you. It has to come from within you. When you wake up and see, you will be surprised. I would like you to experience that WOW. Don’t make it a concept. If you don’t know what enlightenment is, thank God and say ‘ I don’t know what enlightenment is. Let me wait for it.’ It is the concepts that keep us away from experiencing the reality. That’s what I feel.


प्रेम - श्री श्री रवि शंकर

जीवन की हर एक इच्छा के पीछे एक ही मांग है। आप यदि परख् कर देखो कि वो मांग क्या है, तो निश्चित रूप से मालुम पड़्ता है कि वह है ढा़ई अक्षर प्रेम क।

सब कुछ हो जीवन में, पर प्रेम न हो, तब जीवन जीवन नहीं रह जाता। प्रेम हो, और कुछ हो या न हो, फिर भी तृप्ति रहती है जीवन में, मस्ती रहती है, आनन्द रह्ता है, है कि नहीं?

~ श्री श्री रवि शंकर

from a commentary on Narad Bhakti Sutra

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