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True freedom

True freedom is not an "I don't care" attitude. It is lightness from within, a genuine smile and lack of stiffness. Such freedom will not bring arrogance.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Liberation right away

When you see events as just 'happenings' rather than as doings, you are liberated right away.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

(For details read the commentary on Ashtavakra Gita by His Holiness, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar)

Devotion, prayer and being connected

In devotion to God there are three things: Stuti (praise), upasana (being connected) and prathana (prayer).Praising the qualities of God, meaning viewing the wonderful creation of God and being wonderstruck by it. To realize the presence of a creator and say, ‘what a wonderful creation you have created oh Lord!’, and then praising the qualities of the creator that is stuti (praise).

Just because you praise don’t think you are persuading God to grant you some favors. It is to hope that by praising, those qualities would come to you. When you say my grandmother and grandfather were very patient people, won’t you also get that quality of being patient? That is why when we are praising the qualities; those qualities will come to us. This is Stuti (praise).

Upasana means to create a near or a close relationship. To think God is mine.

A close relationship is to be developed with God. To develop a close connection with God, through mother, through father, through Guru, through your favorite Godhead (idol, name, and symbol) is called upasana. Now prathana (prayer); what is prayer? It is a request to God to help you out in something in which you are deficient in. Make up the things in which I am deficient in. Then yes I am thankful to whatever you have given me so far, this is prayer.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

What is beauty

Beauty is an inner phenomenon. Beauty is not in objects, not in people, not even in the eyes of the beholder. It lies in the heart of every person.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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