Monday, August 27, 2012
SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV
(Blog Post Dated 27.08.2012)
Sadhguru’s words of wisdom are always a Great treat. Readers will find below – some of his most recent Quotes. As always, I have tried to make the operative part (what we need to do) in bold, so that the cause and effect relation in the quote is clearly perceived.
Most of Sadhguru’s quotes have this specialty. They have two parts : One contains the DO-DON’T part; the other part makes explicit the EFFECT of the former.
As we know - Life is a continuum of cause-and-effect sequences. Whatever we do or fail to do – has a consequence. Whatever Effect flows into our life, has such a prior, causal factor. Understanding this sequence – makes for 50% of the success in life. The Balance 50% lies obviously - in DOING the right things and abstaining from doing the wrong things.
Here are the Great quotes from Sadhguru :
1. The only way you can be successful is by inclusiveness.
2. What is most needed right now is evolving human consciousness. Without that, science, technology, development, everything will go waste.
3. There is no such thing as greed. Greed is a judgment you are making about somebody, but different people have different volumes of desire according to whatever they think is necessary for them.
4. Yoga means union, that in your experience, everything has become one.
5. Qn ; on how to maintain one's intensity: Ans : “Life is intensity. Do you see the life within you does not slacken even for a moment? Watch the breath, does it ever slacken? If it slackens, it means death, isn't it?”
6. One who explores and knows all aspects of his life, is called self-realized.
7. The intellect is useful for survival. But when you do not know where you should use it and where not, it separates you from the very life process.
8. Do not try to build your life on ethics, morality or values. Bring clarity of perception into your life. Learn to see everything just the way it is.
9. Once there is a distance between you and your thought process, a new freedom is born. With this freedom, a new perception arises.
10. Your thought and emotion are just a psychological reality. They have nothing to do with the existential reality.
11. If instead of working up your desires, you enhance your capabilities, you will walk through life effortlessly, gracefully, doing very well
12. If you do not stand in the way, the life within you will naturally find its ultimate nature.
13. A devotee has no agenda of his own. For him, the object of devotion is everything.
14. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is brutal. The brutality of ignorance is such that it will make you dead while alive.
15. If you try to give up something, it will rule your mind. But, if you find something deeper in life, the less significant will just fall off.
16. When you truly realize that you do not know, there will be no prejudice and no judgment in you. You will just become a being.
17. There is no purpose to your life. If you experience the exuberance and ecstasy of this existence, will you bother about a purpose?
18. Life is just a slice of time. If one values life, one has to do everything at the right time.
19. Gratitude is not an attitude. Gratitude is something that flows out of you when you are overwhelmed by what has been given to you.
20. Education should be about enhancing your horizons, about having a larger vision of life. But generally, just the reverse is happening.
21. Any teaching will not transform you as long as you are deeply attached to your body. Yoga is towards reducing this attachment.
22. The self does not need social esteem. It is far beyond that. Only because you have not found the self, you try to create a false sense of self.
23. Sathsang is a way of coming in touch with a reality that is beyond the normal day-to-day experience of most of the people.
24. Only one who is beyond the fear of losing himself can know love, can be love.
25. When you are no more identified with your physicality, you become available to Grace.
26. The mind is an accumulation of the past, and the past decides your future. Only if you transcend the mind, the past has no more power over you.
With Greetings to
(& Sadhguru’s Disciples)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
We, the citizens of India, are celebrating 65 Years of India’s Independence today, the 15th of August, 2012.
We renew unto ourselves our freedom of expression and all other fundamental rights, and pledge to discharge our sacred responsibilities as India’s citizens with utmost consciousness.
We pledge to come together with all other Indians, irrespective of caste, creed, race, Religion, sex, state and all other man-made boundaries, and stay united in achieving a united, prosperous, happy nation.
We Pledge to root out all hatred, bias and favoritism from this sacred land of ours and usher in an era of love, friendship and equal opportunity for all.
We pledge to usher in an era of Excellence – in every field of human Endeavour – banishing all mediocrity from human mind.
We pledge to usher in an era of health, strength and mutual help within India and extend the same to the rest of the world.
We acknowledge that true freedom lies in freeing the mind, body and soul of every individual on this land from all shackles of fear and instilling in each of us hope, courage and motivation for achievement.
We shall face all sorts of attacks on our freedom with wisdom and courage and show the attackers their flaws and mend them back into true sense of collective freedom.
May this year be memorable for every one of us - to undertake and achieve all this - individually and collectively with All other Indians.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
WHAT IS HINDUISM?
This is a difficult Question to answer. Because, there is no ISM like that at all! There is no RELIGION called HINDUISM, in the sense, other RELIGIONS understand RELIGION. This ISM is a culture developed over lakhs of years. It never remained STATIC over these years. It was always evolving until – the western Invaders invaded and conquered India politically. These invasions showed up the chinks in the armour of this culture. When the Invasions happened, the culture in India too was degenerating fast.
The invading cultures are fighting each other (and within themselves internally) all over the world all the time – till this day. But, in India, they need not fight each other – as, there is an easier prey called Hinduism. This is the fact of life today. Conversions are going on all the time. Hinduism cannot stop the conversions – until it removes the outdated caste system or at least its most suffocating aspects - from its midst.
This has to be recognized by every Hindu, every sociological reformer and every religious reformer. The caste system, as it was born, lakhs of years ago, may have been scientific, but, today, with changing social structures and needs, it has indeed become TOTALLY OUTDATED.
Just for example – the definition of a Braahmana, was always specific and too very rigid. No one by birth is a Braahmana. By appropriate Karma (method of living), one becomes first a Dvijanma, or Dvija. Life becomes very puritan and rigid for a Dvija and no average person of today would want to live that sort of life. Dvija becomes a Vipra by studying all Vedas, Vedangas etc , and rising much higher in his method of life. One becomes Braahmana (Not Bramin, as we call today) by acquiring Brahma Vijnana. So, what is this Brahma Vijnaana? This is the very essence of Hinduism – if it is an ISM. While BRAHMA VIJNANA is described and repeated often in many Upanishads, One can find its essence in ‘VEDANTA DINDIMAM’ – a very respected treatise on the subject.
In simplest terms – it is the ability (or experience) of a person - to experience himself in all that is around him and to experience all that is around him within himself.
You must be able to (i) experience yourself in all people, animals, birds, trees and all living beings (and even non-living) and (ii) experience all of them in yourself. Not mere seeing. It is the experiencing and the identification that counts. The experience has to be of a very High order. The one who does this - is BRAAHMANA. No one else.
In the most recent Past, the Great Adi Sankaracharya himself reiterates this in so many of his writings. He even confesses that – in one incident at Varanasi, he himself was chided by PARAMA SIVA himself for practicing a bit of UNTOUCHABILITY – and was ordered by Siva to stop such things and practice real ADVAITA. In my view, that story is intended precisely for people like us – not for Adi Sankara. Ramanuja stated this same principle in a very DOWN TO EARTH manner.
We know that Lord Rama treated Guha, the fihserman as his own brother. He treated Sabari, the tribal woman as his own and ate what she ate partially and gave to him. His friends were all sorts of people, animals and birds. We know all that – but we won’t practice that! His story was written by VALMIKI, whom we revere, but we don’t revere his people.This is the paradox today.
Lord Krishna was born a Kshatriya, lived as a Yadava, married in all castes, befriended all people, ate at the houses of Sanjaya and Vidura – the so called fourth caste people, shunning Bhisma, Drona and Duryodhana, gave his best boons to Kubja, the dwarf girl and to kuchela, his poorest braahmana friend – and demonstrated how life should indeed be lived. We consider his Bhagavad Gita as the epitome of wisdom, which it really is – but we do not want to follow his way of life ! Does it not look ILLOGICAL?
When I ask this question to some People, their pet answer is, God can do anything – but how can we. What about Sankara and Ramanuja? Follow them. No;they are Great people and can do anything – how cant we. Does is not look hugely illogical?
The very definition of Braahmana is – one who transcends all differences. Leave aside the old time Greats. Consider Ramana Maharshi – the most recent Everest of Hinduism. Can’t we follow at least his example? He preferred to sit with others and eat – if they are being differentiated against.
Gandhiji is another example. He is another Great Yogi of our times. What about Swami Vivekananda? We all accept his greatness. Why not follow at least his example? If we want contemporary examples – look at Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha foundation, Swami RamDev and so on – who are well known exponents of Yoga and exponents of Hinduism. Take any one of them as your example and follow – you will be a Good Hindu.
If you want to understand Upanishads and Vedanta – listen to a veteran like Swami Paramarthananda or his Guru Swami Dayananda, preferably by attending their classes directly, and if not, by listening to their lectures available on the internet. You will certainly know the extraordinary Greatness of this ISM.
One may say – why not follow the example of one of the Peethadhipathis. Fine. Do follow the way they live. It is too difficult. The way they live a wholly structured life of 24 x 7 x 365 - they just don’t have time for anything of this world beyond what they are already doing. I only wish that they take their time to REFORM HINDU indifference towards its internal differences, prejudices and neglect of each other.
Adi Sankara was different. He took time for everything. Including the reformation process of Hindu Practices. But for him, many Upanishads may not be available to us today. But then, he left his mortal body TOO EARLY.
If we really, really have a hundred REAL Braahmanas (fitting the definition) in India today, in our midst, this country would see a huge cultural revolution – where all people will prosper, all people will be equally happy and all people will know what in reality is HINDUISM. We just don’t have such persons in our midst at least. Not even one in a Crore.
This is my belief. If you feel, there are more than 100 such persons – I will be more than Glad. I do not mean, there are no Good people. You and I are all Good. But our Goodness, of people of all castes in India – does not reach that level specified in the definition of Braahmana.
Another Factor is – given our own obsession for money, power, sex and violence, even if we find such Great persons, most of us will consider such persons as fools and mad persons –who don’t want prosperity of the western kind.
What we therefore see today in India – is IGNORANCE of our self and of our culture.
This ISM – has many colours. It is the ISM (NOT religion) suitable for each INDIVIDUAL. It is the only ISM which incorporates Karma, Bhakti, Dhyana, and Jnana Paths for people of different types.
The Karma Yogi sees divinity in his actions – and Krishna has extolled EXCELLENCE in EVERY HUMAN ACTION as the REAL KARMA YOGA. This is the definition Krishna gives to Karma Yoga (Yogah Karmasu Kausalam).
He doesn’t say – get five Bronze in Olympics and be satisfied with them. No. EXCEL in all of your ACTIONS. And, if you don’t get Gold, don’t bother. Don’t be morose. After all, all of 100 competitors cannot get Gold. But, all of them can make their Best Effort. Another important factor is called Pancha Maha Yajna, which term is not even known to most Hindus today. One has to selflessly serve (i)Gods (ii)Sages (Rishis) (iii) Forefathers (living & Dead) (iv) Other Human Beings and (v) all other living beings (animals, birds etc). Each of these has to be done DAILY - by every Hindu. While there are other facets of Karma Yoga, which are extremely scientific – this one INJUNCTION of Lord Krishna, if we adopt sincerely – India will come out of all of its social, economic and Political retardedness. At this point of time – what is it we excel in? Can anybody mention a thing or two?
Bhakthi Yoga, the second path, comes easily to some people. Surrender to – a Guru, a God, or any Great wise man – is all that is needed. Women especially – can easily excel in this path. This is by far the easiest path. For Man –Ego – is one problem in this path. Until the Ego goes, he has to struggle in Karma Yoga, which provides many methods to get rid of this Ego Problem. Therefore, Bhakti is not easy for Men. A Bhakthi Yogi can see God anywhere. In ancient India, women worshipped their Husbands as equal to God. And then, the Husbands get compelled to act like one. Husband was the most easily available, and most harmless living face – for women. In fact, the most benevolent face, that a woman can see – is her husband’s face. A husband has to treat his wife as his best half, and vice versa, as per the vows they both take in their marriage. “Dhrmecha, Arthecha, kaamecha”. In a nut shell, in all activities, in this mortal life, he and she vow,”thou shalt be part of me always”. In such a society, a man’s love for his wife is IMMENSE. The Hindu society was a Great insurance against any mistreatment of women. Bhakti, essentially, came to man, because, of the woman. She performs most Pujas – and involves him in them. This is the only culture, which believes that the most ancient GOD-FORM was the Shakthi, the all pervading Goddess, whom we depict in female form.
Bhakthi does not need knowledge. It gives knowledge. Many things will come into the knowledge of the Bhaktha –automatically – from nowhere. God becomes compelled to appear before him in any form he or she wants. Radha may want him to appear as Krishna. Ramakrishna may want to appear HER as KALI. Any form will do for Bhaktha. Lakhs of years before, Prahlad had said – My father, God is here, there and everywhere. You cannot say, God is not here. God is only there.’ When his father wanted him to show God in a Pillar, God did appear through the Pillar.
Hinduism wants people to see God in every shape and every form in the Universe. The Sun, the Moon, the earth, the tree, the elephant, the bird, the cobra – the stone, which some other cultures ridicule – everywhere, Hinduism wants you to experience (Not just see) God. For the innocent man – this is the easiest way – to experience God and become one with him. All people cannot and need not read Vedas and Upanishads, puranas etc- which take more than one life time to read, understand and appreciate. If you can see God everywhere – it is done. You know what is to be known from the Vedas. But, if you read a few small parts of Vedas,or Upanishads (especially without a competent Guru) you will be more ignorant than these innocents who have read nothing. You will misunderstand and misinterpret. For you, a stone is a stone, a cobra is a cobra, a bird is a bird. You can see nothing beyond that. But an innocent Bhaktha, who wants to see God can certainly see him anywhere in any of these things. It is not his hallucination. God is everywhere – and is there, where Bhaktha wants to see him. God is a willing slave of his Bhakthas. Well. We can extol Bhakti Path any amount of time. But, India knows it too well.
What about the man whose Ego does not allow him to see the God everywhere – say, in a stone Idol? First, take to Dhyana Marga, or Yoga Marga. These people (me included) are too logical, to see God in a stone Idol, in a tree etc. For such people, Yoga Path is simply superb. Pathanjali has laid out the same in the form of brief principles, but this path is also lakhs of years Old. Here, an accomplished Guru only can teach you the path. A Book cannot. Even Patnajali’s book, with all its Jargon, seemingly explains but all the time, confuses.
You may not believe in a God. This is not a bar for Yoga Path. But, you must be willing to purify your mind of all the impurities. That is a must for Yoga. You must not tell lies, must not be greedy for others’ things, must not steal, and must be totally non-violent and so on. If you can’t do these – you are unfit for Yoga. Surely, Yoga Pranayamas and Aasanas can still benefit you. But, You can’t go beyond them. God – in this path – is not for you. There is no such thing as – God will forgive you – whatever sin you do. No. You must pay for all of your sins in some ways. But still, there is a way, in which the most advanced Yogis can clear away all of their past and future sins. And, they can REALIZE THEMSELVES in this birth itself. In the YOGA PATH, self realization is the ultimate Goal. Without knowing yourself, there is no knowing of God. Will you know God? Don’t bother. Know yourself. Somewhere on the path, you will know God too. For LOGICAL PEOPLE, this is the best possible path. You don’t need to believe anything except you. All along the path – experience it yourself, know it personally and proceed further. All along the yoga path, there are also seemingly great rewards coming your way. In a worldly way – these are extraordinary rewards. But, for the Yogi, these are nothing. Self realization – is the only thing. What on earth is this? Same thing as in Bhakthi or Karma yoga paths. Experience yourself in the entire world around you – and experience the same world within you.
The fourth is Jnana Marga – the path eulogized by the Upanishads, which are in one sense, the most important part of Vedas. Just find and believe in an accomplished enlightened Guru – become his devoted disciple - and he will take you through the Upanishadic path, the path of wisdom – towards – NOT GOD – but towards your SELF. All that you need to do is simplified in 3 words – Sravanam, Mananam, Nidhidhyasanam. Listening, remembering, Internalising. For this, absolute devotion to an already Jnani - Guru and faith in him is a must.
So, what about God? We are talking again of SELF only!
Which God are YOU talking about? When you know the SELF, you will know that GOD Also, automatically. You may call him by any name you like him when you meet him. But, you may not need a name then.
Well. Briefly, these are the four important paths – for four different personality types amongst us. It is not easy to explain them in such small article. But, this is the essence. Without understanding an IOTA of all these, I find some people saying, HINDUS worship IDOLS as Gods, one IDOL can be broken into two, then it becomes 2 Gods and so on. Well. If people want wisdom, if People want TRUTH – they must approach one who knows TRUTH. Vedas don’t teach. Upanishads don’t teach. They are like CODES, in a SCIENTIFIC JARGON. Only a Guru can teach and explain. The very definition of a Guru is one who removes the darkness of Ignorance. A Book doesn’t do that Job. So-choose, whichever path you want. And, tell those who do not know but want to know. And, Ignore people who adamantly want to be Ignorant.
Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavanthu
Friday, August 10, 2012
SRI SRI RAVISHANKAR
(The Art Of Living)
Dated : 11th, Aug, 2012
On Janmashtami day, it is time again to digest the latest words of wisdom from Guruji, Sri Sri Ravishankar. All readers – especially Guruji’s disciples - will be very happy to read these quotes, which reflect eternal and contemporary wisdom both.
Here are some of his Great Quotes :
· The most authentic way of celebrating Janmashtami is knowing that you have to play a dual role - of being a responsible human being and at the same time to realize that you are above all events, the untouched Brahman. Imbibing a bit of avadhoot and a bit of activism in your life is the real significance of celebrating Janmashtami. Awaken the Krishna in your consciousness – “Krishna is not separate from me, he is within me’, this feeling will fill your life with Krishna.
· Tolerance and acceptance are the fruit of judgement and separation. We think these terms are positive, I tell you they are not!
Q: But aren't we supposed to accept people as they are? Sri Sri: If you don't love them, then you have to accept them. Don't accept people as they are, just love them as they are.
· The mistrust and fear in the people of Assam will take time to heal.
-- Sri Sri visiting refugee camps in Assam
-- Sri Sri visiting refugee camps in Assam
· When we get in touch with the source of life, then all other tensions and worries fall off; we can sing, dance and be happy. Life can become very intensely joyful.
· Joy is the love of what is. Sadness is the love of what is not.
· Q: We have heard abstract definitions for terms like enlightenment' so often. Would you please throw some light? Sri Sri: You want me to add more confusion and give you one more definition! If I have a choice, I'd take away all definitions and leave you in confusion because from that confusion, something will flower up in you. My understanding is not going to help you. Don't make it a concept. If you don't know, say, "Thank God, I don't know what enlightenment is. Let me wait for it." It is the concepts that keep us from experiencing reality.
· When in our life, personal needs disappear and desires no longer exist, an extraordinary, mystical ability is awakened within us that enables us to bless others. When we do not want anything for ourselves, we develop the strength to fulfill the desires of others.
· Revolution is a necessary step to bring you close to the process of evolution. There is a clear distinction between revolution and rebellion. Evolution comprises neither revenge, rebellion nor reaction. It is a conscious and necessary move towards life, away from decay. A revolution that comes from inner revelation or intuition is long lasting.
· Aug.2 : Sri Sri is currently engaged with over 300 ULFA surrendered militants and organising relief work for the riot affected in Assam.
· Love will come to you as you become more conscious. You can only recognize something that you know. When love fills your being for the first time, you will be absolutely overwhelmed and mystified. You will know that your heart is dancing, that you are surrounded by celestial music and you will know fragrances that you've never known before.
· Aug.2 : The Art of Living begins rehabilitation work in Assam by providing relief support and blessings.
· This full moon is dedicated to the seers -- the Rishis. It is also called the Raksha Bandhan, which means a bond that protects you. Your bondage to the knowledge, to the master, to the truth, to the Self, all save you. Today the sister ties Rakhi on the brother's hand saying, 'I will protect you and you protect me'.
· Q: How to conquer ego? Sri Sri: Ego is just a feeling of having a wall between you and others. There is no wall. You belong to me and I belong to you. You are accepted the way you are. Naturalness is the antidote for ego. Be spontaneous! Ego cannot stand spontaneity. Children are so spontaneous. Be like a child.
· Surrender often denotes a sense of weakness, failure or a sense of slavery. But there is another aspect of the word 'surrender' that denotes freedom. It simply means growing from limitation to limitlessness, merging into Divinity, the vast powerful ocean of existence. A weak person cannot surrender. When you let go of all tension, fear, anxiety and small mindedness, what dawns in you is freedom, real joy, real love - that is surrender.
· Q: What is the difference between love and attachment? Sri Sri: Attachment is that which gives you pain. Love is that without which you cannot live. If love becomes attachment, then the same love which was giving you joy, starts to inflict pain. Attachment is when you want something in return. If you love and don't want anything in return, then that love doesn't turn into attachment.
· When love glows, it is bliss.
When it flows, it is compassion.
When it blows, it is anger.
When it ferments, it is jealousy.
When it is negative, it is hatred.
When it acts, it is perfection.
When love knows, it is Me!
· Q: Guruji, what is faith? Sri Sri: How do you know that I will give you an answer, that it will be the right answer? That is faith.
· When you are full of love, sharing takes place. And then comes the great surprise - as you give love, you start receiving it from unknown sources, from unknown corners, from unknown people, from the trees, rivers, from the mountains. Love starts showering on you from all nooks and corners of existence. The more you give, the more you will get. Life becomes a sheer dance of love.
· Just drop all that is bothering you. If you are not free today, you can never be free anytime. Don't expect freedom to come to you. "Today, I am free! Everything is going to happen the way it is going to happen."
· The very joy of giving love is so much that it does not matter who is at the receiving end. When this space comes into your being, then you will go on giving love to everybody and everything - not only human beings but to animals, to trees, to distant stars. Love can be transferred to the farthest star by just your loving look, to a tree just by your touch. It can be conveyed in absolute silence, without a single word.
· It is said the Divine dawns in you when you cry for It, when you sing for It. When you sing, Divine love comes to you, to one's experience. This is for sure! The Divine is only waiting for you to dig a little deeper into yourself, that's all, because then It can fill you with much more nectar. It is waiting to give you more. Cry from your heart, cry from your soul.
· The world is as you see it. A hungry man looks at the moon, he sees it like a doughnut. Someone in love looks at the moon, it reminds him of his beloved's face. Having attained Divine love, one cannot but see only love everywhere. When you attain perfection, you see only perfection.
· You cannot understand love through intellect. It needs to be felt. And anything that needs to be felt needs synthesis, not analysis. You have to become one with it to know it. Whatever you know through the head is at a distance. The subject-object relation will always remain. But love is not like that. The taste of the pudding is in tasting, music is in hearing it. In the same way, feeling.
· A sense of offering comes up in you in a state of fullness, of gratitude. "You gave me this world and I offer it back to you. I have been given this body and every particle of this body, I'm offering back to you. I am yours." This intense feeling of total offering, merging, giving everything to the Divine, not saving anything for oneself, becoming the offering itself, is Pooja.
· You can give people everything else but if you don't teach them how to come out of their own misery, they will still be in misery. There is no better service than helping someone uplift their state of mind.
· Divine love is - "I have never seen your face but I have fallen in love with you. I have not heard your name but my heart beats by your name. I have never touched you but you are pulsating in every cell of my being. I have never met you but you are in me. All I want is to dissolve. All I want is to be one."
· Always accept that you don't know what you can do. Ignorance of your capability can expand you. When you know what you can do, you can do things. When you don't know what you can do, you can do things even better!
· The earth as a whole is a living organism. Don't think this earth which hosts so many varieties of life is just an object. It is conscious, it has life. Only life can bring up life.
· Throughout the ages, man has tried to express love, but it has remained inexpressible. Love is so deep somewhere in you that you find all your expressions are just a shadow of it. If the feeling is superficial, it can be expressed. But the feeling that is so genuine, so deep, so authentic, is hard to express.
· If you are saddened by another's sorrow, then sorrow will never come to you. If you are happy at another's joy, then joy will never leave you.
· Normally, you offer your anger easily and your smile rarely. In knowledge, a smile is free like the sun, air and water and anger is extremely expensive, like a diamond. Make your smile cheap and anger expensive.
· Don't think people who agree with your grievances are your friends. Those who make your negative feelings and frustration grow more and more in you may appear to be friends but they are bad company. Good company makes you feel the problem is nothing. "It's solvable, it's simple, don't worry." They pump enthusiasm in you.
· Q: Why do people worship you so much? Sri Sri: It is up to them. If they see God in me, it is their choice. I see God in them too. Wherever you begin, don't stop there - worship everybody, honour everything. Today, there is violence in the world because we have not taught people how to honour each other. Honour life, wherever it is - in the dog, donkey or cow. Society needs to flourish in love, worship is inevitable.
· Should I do this? Should I not do that?' Divided mind is misery. One-pointed mind is joy. All those moments when you have been very happy, it is the mind becoming one whole.
· In order to do certain jobs, you need certain qualifications. If you want to lift 100kg, you need that much strength. So, if love is a question of ability, strength, not everyone can love. But love transcends all ability. Whether you are foolish or wise, rich or poor, sick or healthy, strong or weak, you can still be in love.
· Q: How can I be always happy? Sri Sri: Drop the 'always' and then you will be happy.
· Our human body is made to bring heaven on this earth, meant to bring sweetness into this world, not spill venom. It is easy to put down anybody but it takes some guts, some intelligence and courage to uplift people, to bring out the divine quality in others around. By bringing out divine qualities in others, you will be able to see Divinity deep inside yourself.
· Q: What is the quality you need to love everyone? Sri Sri: Be at ease with yourself and everybody, a simplicity. When you are open from within, you can't but love everyone and everyone can't but love you. Neither you have a choice nor do they. You have done this as a baby. Then, you were natural, simple, innocent and free with everybody. And everybody loved you!
=With Pranams to Guruji
& BEST WISHES to his Disciples
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