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Conquering all fears

Q: Dear Guruji, how could one conquer all fears and if successful, what to expect out of this experience?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There is nothing called “all” fears. There is only one fear and the fear is of extinction and this is kept by nature. And how this can be extinguished is through the understanding, ‘I’m not the body, I’m the spirit’, number one; second, ‘only the best will happen to me’. That’s it. No third.



Supreme grace is all-pervading, indwelling and ever-present. It manifests within as right enquiry and right discrimination. When you are in great extremity, suddenly an idea flashes in your heart: “This is what I must do at this moment.” This is grace. Help is nearest at hand. When you think that you are about to fail, Grace is ever at hand!

- Swami Chidananda

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)

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