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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

Is it love

Q: Whenever I see a good looking girl, I find myself in love. Is that love or infatuation?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Well, time will tell you! First, find out whether they are in love with you or not. If that matches, it is a different story. If it doesn't match, that is a different story altogether. Either case, you will become mature. But don't keep falling in love. Rise in love! In love, you don't expect anything in return. If you want something in return, don't call it love. Then that's need. In a relationship there is a need, but there is no need in love. Love is your very nature. If it sounds too philosophical for now, just keep it in the background and relax. One day you will understand, when your heart breaks or when you realize you expected something too much, something will pop up from the background of the mind and try to save you.

Q: How do I handle criticism?


Q: How do I handle criticism?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: When someone criticises you, they are taking a risk. Who wants to take the risk of making enemies! When they are doing that, you appreciate them. Stand up to criticism. Also have the courage to criticise for their improvement. But if someone is criticising you out of jealousy, you smile, it is their problem.

Honest and skillful communication

Q: What went wrong that so many people lack self-esteem and what can we do to lessen this effect?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: 'Yes!+' and 'Yes We Can' programs are good for that. We have 'Yes We Can' programme in Europe. 140 youths from all over Europe participated. You should see how they came, and how they are after the program, how much self-esteem they gained.

You know, in companies the big difficulty is the middle people, someone in between the supervisors. They want to gain the favor of the top management, so they complain about people below them. Then people below them complain about the boss and everything becomes messier. Many companies broke down because of that; because of lack of skillful, honest communication. There is no honest and skillful communication. You have to tell your boss your honest opinion and he will appreciate you because of that. First, he may not like it, but later on he will appreciate you. If you tell him lies and one day he discovers that you misled him, then he will be unhappy with you also. So, a skillful presentation of facts, honest, even if it is bitter, and put in nice manners, is needed. These skills come when you become a yogi, skillful in action. Yoga means skill in action. When does this come?

It comes when you unite with your Self in meditation.

How to get a thought or a desire manifested is very simple

Q: How to make someone dear to you understand that something is useful for them and they must go for it?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Keep pursuing gently and have patience, they will all understand. First you should have the conviction that this is good for them, and they will get it. How to get a thought or a desire manifested is very simple. First intention and keep attention on it and then manifestation will follow.

How to overcome self pity?

Sri Sri Ravi ShankarQ: How to overcome self pity?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The moment you recognize, you stop it. That is it. If you are asking for someone else, then they only can come out of it. Only meditation can help. Do advance course.

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