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What is tapas

If you are unhappy, one way to get out of your sorrow is Tapas. Tapas is agreeing with the moment, total acceptance of pleasant or unpleasant situations.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being

People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don’t.

Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input.

In one area of gray matter, the thickening turns out to be more pronounced in older than in younger people. That’s intriguing because those sections of the human cortex, or thinking cap, normally get thinner as we age.

“Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being,” says Sara Lazar, leader of the study and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. “These findings are consistent with other studies that demonstrated increased thickness of music areas in the brains of musicians, and visual and motor areas in the brains of jugglers. In other words, the structure of an adult brain can change in response to repeated practice.”

More: Harvard Gazette

2012 New year’s message

Sri Sri Ravishankar’s New Year Message

Q:What should all Sadhak's focus on for the coming year?

Sri Sri: A better world, or seva focused on a world, a better society and in the personal life, conviction, strong faith that all is well, all good is going to happen to me.

You’ve heard that the Mayan's calendar this is the last year and the doomsday is going to come, something like that, there are lot of movies about it. I am telling you nothing like that is going to happen. The world is going to continue,

According to the Vedic calendar this year from March is called 'Nanda' means happiness, the year of happiness. First comes happiness and the year that follows is called 'Victory'. So you'll be happy and victorious so don't worry. And resolve to do some good work in he society, spread knowledge, you'll see by the end of next year, more and more people will turn into spirituality, into humanism. All those engaging in terrorism will be cornered, people in violence their strength will reduce, this will happen, and you are part of that happening

Skill in action is yoga

Q: In Bhagavad Gita when Arjuna wishes to flee the battle and renounce the world Krishna urges him to fulfill his duty by staying put and fighting. How is this advice understood with the principle of non-violence, a concept also central to the Gita? Is it similar to the notion of a just war in Christian and Islamic theology?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
The whole essence of the Gita is to act without being attached to the action. It's all about yoga, not about war but your attitude. When you are faced with a situation like war, how do you manage yourself? The worst situation in life is when you have to face a war and when you have to fight not with an enemy, but with some of your own people. When you have to fight with your own brothers and sisters, how do you handle the situation? It's easy to fight a war with an enemy, someone you don’t like. But fighting with someone who is part of your own family is the worst thing.
If you can manage your mind in the worst scenario, then you can manage yourself in any situation.

Given the extreme example of how you can manage the mind, the consciousness, yourself, that’s the whole essence of the Gita, not the war.

Skill in action is yoga.

How do I avoid negative thoughts

Q: How do I avoid negative thoughts?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Negative thoughts, why do you want to avoid them? Let them come and they go. Avoiding means you are trying to hold on to them. If they come say,'Oh you have come, hi, bye bye', and they go.

Questions answered by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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