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Question Answer with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Hindi

प्रश्न : गुरुजी क्या अध्यात्म को विज्ञान के द्वारा समझाया जा सकता है ? कभी कभी मुझे इस सृष्टि पर आश्चर्य होता है जिसे अभी भी विज्ञान के द्वारा समझना शेष है | क्या वेद में इसका समाधान है ?

श्री श्री रवि शंकर: योग की शुरुआत आनंद से होती है, जब आप आनंदमय होते हैं  तो आप सत्य की खोज शुरू कर देते हैं और आपकी यात्रा की शुरुआत हो जाती है |

यह भी ठीक है ‘विस्मयो योग भूमिका |

आध्यात्म की शुरुआत आनंद से होती है और फिर वह हर समय मनोरंजन उद्यान मे रहने के सामान है | आप आश्चर्य चकित हो जाते हैं, ओह, यह ऐसा है ? यह संसार क्या है ? इसमें विभिन्न किस्म के वृक्ष पौधे, फूल, पत्तियां, सब्जियां, फूल  और लोग है फिर यह सब क्या है ? जब इस प्रकार का विचार आप मे आता है, तो ज्ञान का उदय होता है |

Solution to the ‘No solution’

When we see that God alone is, surrender, leave everything in His hands. Then the "no solution" situation vanishes, for you have found a solution.

Surrendering everything to God becomes the ultimate best solution. For then you are free from the problem. The problem is His concern.

- Swami Chidananda

Everything is changing – Swami Rama

The aspirant knows that everything in the external world is subject to change. On some level the objects of the world have value and are apparently real, but, in actuality they do not exist as they are. Their form changes, and, therefore their names change and their qualities also change. When an aspirant adjusts himself to this realization, he practices his sadhna by understanding the apparent reality and does not become attached to the phenomenal world or waste his time in acquiring more worldly objects than the bare necessities.

To have only the bare necessities of life can become a means on the path of enlightenment.

~ Swami Rama

Yoga is for everyone – Patanjali

Yoga is for everyone - BKS Iyengar, Light on Life

Yoga is not meant to be a religion or dogma for any one culture. While yoga sprang from the soil of India, it is meant as a universal path, a way open to all regardless of their birth and background.

Patanjali used the expression sarvabhauma - universal, some 2500 years ago. we are all human beings, but we have been taught to think of ourselves as Westerners or Easterners.

~ BKS Iyengar (Light on Life)

The Living Liberated Man


Not through matted locks, not through fiery lectures and erudition, not through exhibition of miracles does one attain perfection or Knowledge of the Self.

He, in whom the two currents of Raga-dvesha, ignorance of all kinds, egoism, lust and anger are destroyed in toto, is ever happy and he is Brahman, or the liberated Sage or Jivanmukta.

~Swami Sivananda

The Path Of Surrender Is The Path Of Love

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Krishna tells Arjuna, "You are very dear to me."

Then Krishna tells Arjuna he must surrender. Surrender begins with an assumption. First you must assume. You assume you are the most beloved of the Divine, and then surrender happens.

Surrender is not an action; it is an assumption. Non-surrender is ignorance. Non-surrender is an illusion. So surrender is an assumption. Surrender has to begin as an assumption and then it reveals itself as a  reality. Finally, it reveals itself as an illusion. An illusion because there is no two, no duality. There is no independent existence of anyone. An individual has no independent existence. That is it!

Question: Do you have to go through surrender to realize it is an illusion?

Answer: Yes, absolutely.

Question: Where is choice then?

Answer: Choice is your destiny.

Krishna doesn't tell Arjuna in the beginning that he must surrender. First he says, "You are so dear to me." And then he tells him, " There is no other choice for you, you must surrender. Either you do it now, or you do it later."

This is the path of love.

~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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