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ये जगत मिथ्या है, ये जानने के बाद भी छूटता क्यों नहीं। इसे छोड़ने का तरीका क्या है ?

sri sri ravi shankar answers

प्रश्न: कोई चीज़ मिथ्या हो तो उसे छोड़ना कठिन नहीं होता। ये जगत मिथ्या है ये जानने के बाद भी छूटता क्यों नहीं। इसे छोड़ने का तरीका क्या है ?
श्री श्री: अरे ! भगवान ने नहीं छोड़ा तो तुम क्यों छोड़ रहे हो। भगवान का अनुकरण करते हो तो छोड़ने की चेष्टा क्यों करते हो। न पकड़ने की चेष्टा करो, न छोड़ने की। सेवा करो। दुनिया है तो ये काम करने के लिए है। जबकि हम दुनिया की निंदा करते हैं। निंदा करने से तुम आगे नही बढ़ पाओगे। भगवान कृष्ण गीता में कहते हैं कि ये सृष्टि मेरी है, मेरी अपनी माया है ये, और मेरी कृपा से ही तरोगे। और तरने के लिए ही तो ये सब योगाभ्यास, ध्यान, साधना आदि हैं। ये सब अंतर्मुखी होने के लिए हैं। सेवा करने से आनंद मिलता है, और अगर समाज को पकड़ के कुछ चाहते हो तो दुःख मिलता है।

Notes by a seeker, Guru Purnima 2018 with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji

27th July 2018, Guru Poornima evening celebrations with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji at San Mateo, California
If you analyze, people who come to Guru have three things:
•    Either they want something or they have desires, so they come to the Guru.
•    Or they have some problem so they come to the Guru.
•    And you can come to the Guru with anything, with fear. People may have fear, uncertainty so they seek a Guru.

But once you come to the Guru, you have to drop all that.

You drive in a car to your home. Whatever car it is, it could be Benz, BMW, Tesla. But once you reach your driveway, you don’t keep sitting in them. Similarly, whatever has brought you to the path, but once you come home you see that you come out of that.

That is when you blossom.

There is a beautiful couplet:
deh dharan ko dand hai, sab ko ek so hoye.
Gyaani kaate gyaan se, moorakh kaate roye.

…Our body is like that paper plate. What is the use of the plate? To eat the food.  Once you have eaten, then you throw it. Similarly, in life different experiences, both material and spiritual, come to you through the body. So take care of the body. Taking care doesn’t mean after eating you want to preserve the used paper plate. Nobody does that. If you say, ‘I have eaten food, let me keep the paper plate also in my pocket.’ No. Every situation, event, in life leads you to the infinite presence. And soaking in the infinite presence is coming to the Guru.

Let’s revise the knowledge that we were discussing in the morning.

Life gives you a million opportunities to be grateful and a billion opportunities to grumble. Among this, there will be an opportunity to stand up for knowledge, for wisdom. Wisdom is rising above this grumbling mind to find the inner beauty that you are.

Inside you is a beautiful flower. Beyond emotions, beyond pleasures there is a beauty inside you. To reach there, the inner core, you need the Guru. Because the vibration of the Guru helps you be in touch with that.

So we said the story of four seekers. There are seekers who just want knowledge. It is like you go to school and study and then you move on. However good the teacher is, you don’t stay with the teacher, right? You move to the higher class. Suppose your Kindergarten teacher is so good…. You don’t say, ‘My kindergarten teacher is so good, I am staying here.’ You go to the higher school. There is some knowledge that you learn and move on.

There is the ultimate spiritual knowledge. Here, when you graduate, you stay.

That is Guru.

A teacher (shikshak) is one from whom you just gain knowledge and move. A Guru is one where you lose that I and become we - when the small I, I, I, I dissolves and becomes we (universality, fullness). When the fullness comes there is nowhere else to go. When you come to the Guru, when you graduate, there you stay.

And I said a story of four seekers (in the morning) who went in search of a Guru. They went to Bramha Loka (the world of creation). They found the creator busy in making all different species. They stayed there for some time and got frustrated. It was not complete. They went to the maintainer, Vishnu. There there was a lot of wealth. Everything was there, but the seekers didn’t stay there. All the desires were fulfilled, then what else next? That leaves you in a vacuum so they went to Shiva. Shiva is the powerhouse but then they found that was not complete. Then they got so tired that they came and rested under a peepul tree. They found a young person there with a big smile. He didn’t say a word. He just looked at them and they just looked at him and all their questions vanished, all the doubts vanished, they simply dissolved. He is the Guru. Guru is complete. Bramha, Vishnu, Mahesh – all three are there in him. Guru said, “You were going with your mind and intellect on that search. But when you got so tired and you settled down, what you find that something which is beyond our intellect, our ego, from there you see that there is nothing other than me. Everything is me. That is So Hum. I am that.”

Chin mudra is when the I bends down to meet the divinity (thumb).

(Gurudev shows a thumb-up sign.) When you win, what do you show? The V is only in the English language. Usually, the universal sign of victory is thumb up. When the ego bends, it achieves victory. When the I bends, it achieves the victory, and it goes beyond the three states of consciousness: the waking, dreaming, and sleeping states. (Gurudev says pointing to the little, ring, and middle fingers.)

Ayodhya- Peace and only Peace

Sri Sri Ayodhya Ram Mandir

It is incorrect to assess the statement made by Sri Sri as a threat. Suppose an elder of the house tells us that the weather outside it too hot, take an umbrella. It is just a sound advice and not a threat
The current Ayodhya Ram temple issue is an emotional issue. Whatever the court judgement comes out. It will be high emotions on both the sides, some will be overly happy some will be overly sad. And it would be very easy for some conflict mongers to use these emotions to their political advantage to create violence or a divide in society.
On the other side if the out of court settlement happens, which all the responsible people of the society are trying, it would be a win win situation for both the sides and ensure long term harmony between the two communities.
What is better for the nation?
More harmony for the whole population of the nation
Benefitting a few individuals whose existence depends on conflicts between people.
If little bit of our effort can bring harmony to the nation, we should definitely put in our effort.

A poem by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji

You never know
How and when
The existence will start
Using you for its purpose
You never know
How and when
You will be filled with abundance
And you will start raining
Quenching the thirst of many
You never know
How and when
You will be full of
Fruits and shade
And travellers will take
Shelter and food from you
You never know
How and when
You will be full with
Love and light
And you will start spreading
The fragrance of beauty to everyone
You never know
How and when
The death will come
And make you deathless
And life will start
Flowing out of you
You never know
How and when.... Really !


India's 7 Great Strengths–by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


The uniqueness of India is that it has survived the test of time in which many civilisations have perished. The idea of a One World Family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) mooted through its philosophy is ancient yet relevant to the modern times. Liberal, progressive and all-inclusive are the hallmark of this beautiful country.

One wonders how India has not only withstood centuries of invasion and plunder, but also continues to survive onslaughts in today’s times from serious issues like corruption and Naxalism.

Against the global trend of disintegration India has stood as a united nation despite so many religions, languages, ethnic groups, caste equations.

India’s strength can be grouped into 7 Areas:

  2. From ancient days, mathematics and science have been given utmost prominence in India.Though the world failed to recognise India as the mother of mathematics, the youth of India still carry its genius in their DNA.They are good in information technology and given an opportunity they excel in innovation.

  4. India offers a variety of tourism -- from spiritual tourism to eco tourism; from the ancient monuments of Khajuraho to the vibrant temples of Tamil Nadu; from the back waters of Kerala to the ski slopes of Himachal.
    India has the great beaches of Puri and Goa and the glorious architecture of Hampi ruins and so much more.This wide variety of tourist attractions has not been developed to its optimum. Lack of infrastructure is one of the biggest blocks for growth of tourism in India.

  5. FOOD
  6. The variety of food in India is unparalleled.A few years ago, Art of Living had hosted a vegetarian food festival called Annam Brahma and our volunteers prepared 5,600 vegetarian food items -- seven tons of different types of food!And there are likely to be many more varieties of food that are little known even to all Indians across the subcontinent.

  7. MUSIC
  8. Traditional music and dance in India has had a higher purpose, that of connecting with one’s higher Self.Here we have such a rich variety of dance and music which hasn’t been promoted adequately.

  10. Indian garments and jewelry have always been in great demand all over the world for their originality, craftsmanship, quality and variety.

  12. Modern medicine, with all its technology, has not succeeded in providing total health care because treating just the physical body is not sufficient.Ayurveda is a complete system of medicine that treats the whole body-mind complex.This time-tested, holistic system of medicine is fast becoming the main medical system of the future.

  14. And the most important of all is its spirituality, without which India would have become like the Balkan states a long time ago.India is more known for its yoga and spirituality world-wide.

Great spiritual leaders like Adi Shankara, Buddha, Mahavir, Nanak, Kabir, Meera and Ramakrishna Paramahansa have kept the spiritual flame burning lit by the sages of yore.

The richness and vastness of Indian scriptures is simply beyond comprehension.
The patience exhibited by the Indian people to accommodate diverse viewpoints is a fine example for nations to exist in harmony.

Having said this, a lot needs to be done to promote spirituality, which has real solutions to many of the ills of today

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji

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