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About being a Yogi and dispassion

Q: Guruji when I think about death, I feel dispassionate. How can one remain a karma yogi in that situation?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Look, whatever you do with dispassion (vairaagya) that has a lot of power. We work not for ourselves, but for others. Okay. When we work for others we get a certain type of satisfaction. If our mind is empty, and we are in bliss then both these begin to manifest in life effortlessly, what we have not been able to get/achieve, that comes and what we have, remains preserved. You will feel that you don’t have to put much effort from your side.

This is the sign of a Yogi. A Yogi does not have to make any effort to fulfil his desire but one has to perform his duties. You know all that you want, your desires, intentions are being fulfilled right, before the desire or intention arises.

So that is why Yogi gets the best of enjoyments because a Yogi’s state of consciousness is such that before the desire arises the fruit is already there. He doesn’t have to struggle too hard. That doesn’t mean you have to be lazy, you have to do your work, not to fulfill your own desires but because you have to do certain things. You should just do it.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is from the heart, it is an emotional one. Acceptance is from the mind, from the head. So both are essential, you accept and you forgive. If you don’t forgive you will suffer with all the emotional heavy load of garbage inside you. If you don’t accept your mind gets all agitated.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

How to overcome bad luck

Q: Guruji, does anything called luck or bad luck exists? How to overcome bad luck?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: of course! When things happen the way you want everything to happen you say yes its good luck and when everything goes wrong you say it bad luck. How to overcome bad luck is to increase your intuition and how to increase your intuition if you ask me, MEDITATION!

Vedic prayer

An old ancient Vedic prayer is,

‘God of the wealth is in the beginning of my palm, residing in my palm. God of wisdom is residing in my palm. God’s valor is residing in my own palm. So let the good things happen through me’.

This is how we are supposed to wake up and look at our hands.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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