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What is stopping your Happiness? Sri Sri reveals

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Happiness Contentment

Sri Sri - Greed takes away the contentment. It is the, 'I want more, I want more', which makes you miserable, which makes you put so much effort! You should think that whatever is needed for me, I will get it. You should have that faith, that it will come to you.

Why do you get so disturbed? It is greed which disturbs you. So, not wanting too much of anything; balance!

Happiness and contentment comes, the only thing you have to ensure is
1. You are not lazy. If you are lazy and you say, 'Let happiness come to me', it is not going to come to you. Lazy people will not be happy
2. Don't be selfish. If you are selfish, happiness is not going to come to you. If you only say, 'Me, mine, only me', you are not going to be happy. Selfish people will not be happy
3. Don't be greedy. A greedy one will not be happy. If you are greedy and say, 'I want more and more and more', you will not be happy
4. People with the feeling of revenge will not be happy. If you want to take revenge on anybody, then you cannot be happy

Types of Obstacles and how Lord Ganapati removes them, Sri Sri explains

Ganesh Chaturthi Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in satsang at the Art of Living International Center, Bangalore:

Whenever you do any work, in that there are two types of obstacles.One is associated with the mind (Buddhi) and the other is perfection (Siddhi), ability to do any work flawlessly.

If you want to do any work perfectly then there are challenges or obstacles, isn’t it? In the same manner, mind also creates obstacles. If good thoughts come to mind, then work is done. But if there is negativity in thought, then work will just get stuck. So, in order to any work, there has to be mind (Buddhi) or thought behind it to do that work. Along with this, what we also need is effectiveness. For example, if the operation was successful but the patient died then it is of no use, isn’t it? This means ‘Siddhi’ is not there. What is Siddhi? It is the ability to get the work done in the same manner as it was supposed to be completed. To get any work done without any flaw is ‘Siddhi’.

There is a saying in Kannada, which means that when there were teeth, that time peanuts were not there, and when peanuts are there, no teeth left! You got the peanut, but this will not be called as ‘Siddhi’. That which you get well in advance from needed time, and in more quantity than it was supposed to be, that is ‘Siddhi’. And even to receive before time or on time and in the right quantity as required, is also Siddhi.

And to remove both these types of obstacles, one needs grace of God. That is the secret of prayer to Lord Ganpati.

Lord Ganpati is vast like the sky and also residing at our first chakra, ‘muladhara chakra’ in the body, at the base of spine, backbone of our life. He is inside us only. In the Ganpati Puja, what we say is that you are already there in me, for some time please come out in this clay idol of mine as I need to play with you.

Human tendency is to play and in order to play any game, we need at least two parties, opponents. How can you play alone? For example, if you are playing badminton then somebody should be there to return that shot. You cannot play any game alone. That is why it is said that, Lord Ganpati, you are inside me only but please do come outside and sit in the idol so that we can play for some time. And after playing, we request that you please go back inside again, that is why we immerse idols in the water.

This is the secret. In olden days people made these spiritual practices, so that we can enjoy and celebrate life. If one wears golden ornaments then only he or she will be happy, but if the same gold is on God or Goddess then everybody can see it publicly and appreciate it’s beauty. And the main attraction of this festival is ‘modak’ (sweet), which after eating you feel good, happy, that is sweet (modak). Let everyone distribute sweet, live life as a celebration. This scientific way was recognized thousands of years ago by ancient people and hence this festival is being celebrated. Also, they said that walk like an elephant, with patience, towards our goal, not like a hen which runs here and there. Elephant walks with profundity. If you see in the eyes of elephant you will see that there is such innocence in them, like a small child. If you have innocence and profoundness, then you can remove any obstacle. Obstacles will anyways come in life, if we get angry or disturbed, then there is no Siddhi, no Buddhi, nothing. There is no success either.

Hence to remove all the obstacles in life, we pray to Lord Ganpati, that let ‘Buddhi’ and ‘Siddhi’ both come together. Mind should be sharp, sattvik (positive) and Siddhi should be on time. Siddhi means contentment, let it happen whatever it has to happen. That which fulfills a desire even before it arises. This is Siddhi.

And Buddhi is that mind which ensures that there are no desires. And even if there are, then mind should watch when the desire arises and know that the desire is nothing.

This is completeness. So you all pray that let your mind be positive and also you get Siddhi for the work. Whatever you do, it should be successful.

Intense silence program at the Art of Living International Center, Bangalore

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Is Non Veg food destroying the human race?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Non Veg, Health and Earth

Q: Is there a strict No for Non Veg?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Today maximum diseases are from non veg. Go to the internet, check last 10 years diseases. Today these animals and birds are being bloated with steroids.
The flesh industry works on profit and weight. They make animals bigger and heavy and steroids enter your body. Because of steroids, medicines dont affect you. You Maxie to double your dose.

Another thing that enter your body is Urea. 90% of mothers cannot breast feed in US because their milk contains Urea.

The whole globe is becoming vegetarian now.Next point, We are born as herbivores.

Carnivores Saliva contains sulphuric acid which break down the flesh and it is digested easily.
For you, Non veg sits in your stomach for 72 hours. And your body struggles to digest it. So much of energy is wasted because the HCl that your stomach has is of Ph2 grade and it cannot digest animal skin.
Imagine a dead animal sitting in your body for 72 hours.

Secondly, think Globally - we are a green planet. We grow grass, we use it for animals and we eat them. Animal eats a lot of green grass. Cow drinks a fighter ship full of water in a lifetime. A ship as big as IANS Vikrant. 1 pound of cow uses acres of land to grow grass.

Chiken uses 50kg of foodgrains in a lifetime. One chicken only 4 to 5 people can eat but 50kg food grains 400 people can eat.
It creates a lot of hunger and poverty in world

It will be a great act of seva if you drop non veg.
Maximum protein is in soya. We are not made for 6 pack abs. We are born for meditation. Slimmer body is a healthy body.
We don't require that much protein.

Fitness is not 6 pack. Fitnes is when your body can decide yes or no whenever you want.
Do it for health reasons. Make interesting vegetarian food. Simply drop non veg.
If you go n see "meat" video on you tube you will know How animals are tortured its inhuman. You should see these atrocious videos.
Fish ,Eggs all comes under non veg.

What is the significance of the Varna (classification system of the society)?

Varna System in society Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Q: What is the significance of the Varna (classification system of the society)? When all the saints have asked us to go beyond the classifications then from where did it originate?


#SriSri: Varna is a classification system within the society. It is an order of classification for education and application of that education. There are different classes within a society. Now, you want to take a medical branch after passing school, you want to become an engineer, lawyer or doctor – the order of these occupations is Varna. It is not according to the birth, but according to the occupation. This happens irrespective of the fact whether you want it or not. In every country, there are groups according to the respective trades or occupations. And it will always be there. There is a different group for the businessmen, different for the intellectuals, different for the professors, different groups for the writers. Similarly there is a different group for the soldiers; there is a defense ministry, where only matters related to this are discussed. So, in this way there will be the division of society on the basis of the occupation. And it is rightly so; the classification of society on the basis of the occupation. Why? In this manner, there would be skill enhancement, specialization and progress. This is why lord Krishna has said – “catur-varnyam maya srstam, guna-karma-vibhagasah”. That is- the division is on the basis the Guna (Quality) and the Karma(Work). The lord has created this system. And it is present throughout the world; this is not just India;. So, just know that the Varna is not according to the birth, it is according to the occupation. This can change too. A soldier does not have to remain soldier through his life; he can anytime choose to become a professor too. A teacher can anytime choose to become a soldier or even a trader.

Q: What is the significance of a Jyotirlinga?

Jyotirlinga in India Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Art of Living

Q: What is the significance of a Jyotirlinga?


#SriSri: ‘Jyoti’ means flame. The consciousness of a saint is like a flame. In the older days, wherever the saints stayed, they established these Jyotirlingas. They asked people to come there and meditate. If you see, the form of god is like a light and like a stone. He is the light within us. To make people aware of this the Jyotirlingas were established. People would go there, sit, pray and meditate – then they would discover their being. These places were called ‘Jyotirlingas’ because it is where people realized that they are the form of 'Jyoti' within. To identify these places, they called it Linga. What is a Linga? It means to identify. It is a marker. When a child is born, how do you identify whether it is a boy or a girl? You identify it by looking at the genitals. They give the sign of the gender. That’s why the genitals are also called the ‘Lingas’. Linga means the sign. Like ‘Gau’ means cow, thought and movement. How has the name for the cow been given as ‘Gau’? That is because the cow moves. Knowledge, movement, thoughts & liberation - these four are the root of ‘Gau’.Similarly, Linga means the identification. The genitals are the identifiers of the Gender. Similarly, the Shivalinga is the identification that there is God in the world. It is the identification for the God. You place a stone there; by looking at the stone you would remember the god which is in the form a flame; that which is omnipresent. These places were called Jyotirlingas, because there were saints present at the places. In the presence of Saints in the satsang – people would meditate and would find their light within. The Flame doesn’t refer to the flame of a lamp - but that we are ourselves are light. This is how the song – ‘Shivoham, Shivoham’ originated.
Then, these were spread throughout India for the people who could not travel from the North to the South or from the East to the West. In every corner of the country these 12 Jyotirlingas were created. From the Himalayas to Rameshwaram; from Vadiyanathdham to Gujrat these were established. This means at all these places the saints were present and they would help people in identifying the ‘Jyoti’. This is the significance of Jyotirlinga.

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