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Mind, Time, Food and Company- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, time,company,food,mind,Brahm Gyan

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in today's Satsang at Art of Living International Ashram:

The effect of time is both on matter and mind. You keep an apple over time, it starts rottening, right. And when you look at any object you can find out how old it is. So like that time has an impact on matter too. Our body changes with time. Similarly time also has an impact on mind. This seldom people notice. How you feel in the morning is different from how you feel in the afternoon and it is different from how you feel in the evening. And how you feel in the night is much different and how you feel in every morning is more different, isn’t it?

The state of mind and the feeling also changes. Similarly thought pattern also gets affected by time. Winter, summer, spring all affect the mind differently. Ancient people did an in-depth study about it; how the moon affects the mind; how the moon is moving around in different constellations, different degrees of moon has a definite impact on the mind. That’s what they call ‘tara-bal’, ‘chandra-bal’, how it impacts. So moon is in one constellation for two and a half days, then moon moves to the other constellation. So in two and half days there are changes; the moods of the mind, mood swings, everything, it’s favourable or unfavourable vibrations, you feel like that. Then the question comes ‘are we slave of our mind?’ I say ‘No’, why because there is something beyond the mind, that is the ‘intellect’. When intellect is strong, it overcomes the impact of the mind. When intellect is weak, then the emotions overtakes the mind. And what if intellect also gets affected? It does get affected. Then there is something beyond the intellect and that is the ‘self’, that is ‘Shiva Tattva’! Shiva is a master of the time, ‘maha-kaal’, ‘grand-time’. So take refuge in the shiva tattva or the atma tattva or the self, higher self. The impact of time is minimised, both on the mind and on the body. So time impacts the mind, and time has definite measurements.

Time has impact on mind, similarly our company also affects us. What we hear that impacts our mind. The people with whom we are affects us. If we are in good company then it has good impact on us. If we are in bad company then negative feelings like anger, jealousy, etc., affects us. Good company gives a good feeling and in bad company the mind gets muddled up in complaining about the person, talking ill about somebody is negativity. All this is called bad company. Mind gets affected by time and company we keep. Then what is the third thing: food. Food is secondary, food is not that important. If the first two are okay then it can man over the menace of food. Company, Time and Food.

Now you observe your mind, whether any ups and downs are there going on right now. Hence, those who know time are called ‘devagya’. They know about time. All this is as per divine will of time. Rule of time is divine, related to gods, those who know time are called ‘devagya’.

What is above God, is ‘brahma-gyaan’! Brahma gyaani is much above devagya. Brahma gyaani is being centered in ‘self’ or ‘aatma’. What I am is what you are and what is everything else too. This firm experience and faith brings brahma gyaan; then nothing can shake you. Even if it appears that it is shaking but actually it is not, it makes you strong. Brahma gyaan is bigger than all other gyaan. All this satsang is brahma gyaan. ‘Shabd brahma gyaan’, take everything and proceed further together.

God as First, second and third person

God as First, second and third person- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The theologians address God as He but in prayer you use the 2nd person, and in theory you use 3rd person. In prayer 3rd person does not help. You have to come to 2nd person and in experience of truth you come to 1st person. Experience of God brings you to the 1st person…”I AM.”


He is one with no experience.
You is when praying you begin to be a disciple.
I AM is one who has perfected………??


In the west people are scared to use the 1st person. They are comfortable using only the 3rd person and occasionally the 2nd.
In many cultures (Islam) using even the 1st person is considered a blasphemy. Whereas in the east all the three persons are used and the goal of the 3rd and 2nd person is to reach the 1st.
1st person cannot become a concept but an experiential reality.
3rd person can be a concept. 2nd – a mystical and devotional experience and 1st person dawns as reality.


Prayer cannot happen without 2nd person and Samadhi is impossible without 1st person.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

If culture and dharma is still alive in India today, the credit for that goes to Guru Gobind Singh Ji–Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji on Guru Govind Singh Ji and Sikh Gurus

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If culture and dharma is still alive in India today, the credit for that goes to Guru Gobind Singhji. All 10 Gurus have done a lot for India and it’s citizens, they shown the path. Indian land will always be indebted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji because of the way he has brought a change in this country. The saints sadhus mahatmas of this country would stay in their own mathas or temples, they would remain stuck in their pujas and rituals, many would not care for the society. And the people who would work for the society who were warriors, they were far away from Dharma. There was no sign of sainthood in them. So Guru Gobind Singh ji said that be a saint in the mind, have sweetness in behaviour and have warrior-like courage in your arms. So he raised his voice for Saint Soldier. And he became the greatest saint warrior. Saint soldier is being compassionate and not being fearful, not being actionless, not just sitting and accepting everything saying ‘oh everything is being done by God.’ Where there is requirement to stand and protect dharma one should stand up.

So this great call, which was very much required for the nation, was given by Guru Gobind Singh ji. And he was a big devotee of Goddess Chandi too. He would do Chandi homa, puja of the mother divine, every time before going to war. And he brought into light the honour for the tradition of masters, the importance of Guru tatva in life. And he also said that if there is no living Master then one is to consider the Granth(Holy book) as the Master. Knowledge is Guru. There is no difference between knowledge and Guru. Granth means knowledge. When the knowledge becomes a part of one’s life then that is Guru. If the knowledge is not lived then how can one be Guru? There is no difference between knowledge and Guru so there is no difference between Granth and Guru.. This is what he said and on the other hand, be a saint soldier.

7 Spiritual cities of India

7 Spiritual cities of India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Q: Please tell us about the seven spiritual cities in India and their relationship with chakras in the body.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes. Seven cities in India correspond to seven centres or chakras in our body: ‘Ayodhya Mathura Maya Kashi Kanchi Avantika Puri Dwarakavati caiva saptaide moksha dayika’ Maya or Haridwar 1 corresponds to the mooladhar chakra situated at the base of the spine. When the jadata or lethargy goes and enthusiasm begins, you commence your journey. Haridwar, the starting point, is the door to the house of the Divine.
Kanchi 2 corresponds to the swadhisthana chakra situated behind the genitals, as the presiding deity here is Kamakshi, the goddess of kama or desire.
Ayodhya 3 corresponds to the third chakra, the manipura, situated in the navel region, where joy, generosity, greed and jealousy manifest. All these emotions are connected to Ayodhya. It was the jealousy and greed of Kaikeyi that made Rama take vanavas. Ayodhya is also known for the generosity of Rama. The joy of Rama's return to Ayodhya is celebrated as Diwali. Joy, generosity, greed and jealousy meet in the nabhi pradesh, Ayodhya. Ayodhya also means where there is no fight, where it cannot hurt.
Mathura 4 is anahata, the heart chakra. The heart is associated with three emotions: Love, fear and hatred. Mathura symbolises the love and devotion of the gopis for Krishna, as well as of the fear and hatred of Kansa, all matters of the heart.
Avantika, also called Ujjain 5, is related to the vishuddha or the throat chakra. Ujjain is the city of art and literature. Poet Kalidas hailed from Ujjain. It is also the city of Vikramaditya, of grief and glory. We feel gratitude in the throat region - we get choked. Kashi 6 represents the ajna chakra situated between the eyebrows. Kashi has always been the seat of knowledge. That's why the ajna chakra is also called gyana chakshu, the third eye. Kashi is the city of pundits and scholars.
Dwaraka 7 represents the sahasrara, the crown chakra on top of the head. Dwarka literally means: ÒWhere is the door?Ó The door is irrelevant if there are no walls. Infinity has no walls. Krishna left his body in Dwarka. Sahasrara also means thousand avenues. It means the pathless path. The path to liberation begins at Haridwar and culminates at Dwarka.
The soul is called Purusha. Pura means a town. Purusha means one who lives in the town. The Purusha is unbound and infinite. But the Purusha experiences bondage with all the negative emotions. Positive feelings with knowledge are liberating. Positive feelings without knowledge create negative emotions that are stifling, hence one experiences bondage. When you observe the prana moving through different centres associated with sensations, the negative feelings cease to exist and one is liberated from bondage.
The seven sacred rivers are the Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Godavari, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri. Together with the seven sacred cities, they are linked to the seven sacred spots within you.

Haridwar, Kanchi, Ayodhya, Mathura, Ujjain, Kashi and Dwarka

First day of Navratri - Devi Shailaputri

Shailaputri

The first among the Navadurgas is Shailaputri. Shaila means stone, and putri means daughter. Praying to this aspect of Mother Divine brings strength (like a stone). It brings commitment. When the mind is wavering, chanting the name of this Devi Shailaputri helps the mind to be centered and committed. It gives us strength, courage, and composure.

Read more at http://www.artofliving.org/navratri/navdurga

What is the difference between a student, a disciple and a devotee?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar- Student-Disciple-Devotee

Sri Sri: These are three different levels, primary, higher secondary and college. A student only wants to take some knowledge and leave. A disciple goes one step further and forms a relationship, he is connected with the heart and mind. And a devotee, well he controls God himself, he makes God is servant! If one is a master he is a devotee, if he wants to do seva, he is a disciple and if he wants to simply takes something and go then he is a student.

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