Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Patanjali Yoga Sutras Knowledge Sheet 1

Mahasatsang with Sri Sri at Vellore!

Sri Sri:
Om Namah pranavarthaya. 
Shuddha gnanaika moortaye 
Nirmalaaya prashantaaya 
Dakshinamurtaye Namah

Q: What is spirituality?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Spirituality just means knowing that it is oneconsciousness. One world family - this thought came from India.One side there is slum, the other side is scam. We have toremove slums. For that first we need to remove alcoholism. Nearly 60 percent ofa poor man’s income goes in alcohol.

Q: How does Yoga help one in life?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yoga increases our qualifications - Yogbrings 'yogyata (Talents)'. Whatever we think that starts to happen.People have started recognizing this secret all over theworld. Even in china, where they don't believe in God, they have asked us tostart spreading the knowledge of yoga.Krishna says, “Do your duty. I will take care of your sins.You just surrender. If you surrender then it’s my responsibility to take careof your sins. Don't worry. That's what I also say. Just come and participate inmeditation, yoga and Satsang, you will not have any worries in life. Justmeditate and believe that you have left your sins here.Human beings have responsibilities and needs. If needs aremore and responsibilities are less, that is not a rich life. Meditation andyoga makes our body and mind active, our life rich. We have to have a qualitylife, a joyful life.If our life is not joyous, there is no way we can take careof others. That's why we should use Yoga, Ayurveda and Siddha techniques.

I have a dream - everyone should have a proper house tolive in.
The second is that casteconflicts should be erased. We should increase the love between human beings. Wehave forgotten these practices, and it is time to renew these.Let us meditate now!
(22 minutes of meditation passes away in less than 2minutes!)
We meditated for 22 minutes. Did you notice the timepassing by? 
You should learn this, become teachers and take this knowledge toevery village.
If you have any worries, you have to leave it here; That’sthe rule of Satsang, you cannot take your worries back. You can go onlyafter you drop them here.How many of you are ready to do some Seva?
There is a village in Maharashtra - Kathewadi whereeveryone gets together to do Satsang. There are no locks on the houses. It hasbecome an ideal village! Now 188 other villages are inspired to become likethat. Villages in Tamil Nadu should also walk towards this. I am sure you cando this. If possible, you visit this place.
Our work is happening in 36,200 villages.
We should adopt more villages in Tamil Nadu.
When you sleep, make one wish and then surrender that wishalso.
How many of your wishes are being fulfilled since you started meditating?
If you can win your mind, you can win the whole world! For this, meditation isnecessary. Purpose of human life is to know who you are! This is spirituality. 
There can be no appreciation for good forces if there areno bad forces. It is presence of villain which makes Hero a Hero. So, life isjust a game.

Q: If God is everywhere, why there is evil?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If there is no evil, how can we recognize good? 

Q: How do I listen to everybody?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: With patience!

Q: Is Growth in technology blessing or curse?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Technology is a blessing. How we use it can make it a curse.

Q: What is difference between God, Guru and me?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Let's talk of the common thread. The same Divine is in me and in thewhole universe. There is no place which is not permeated by the divine. In Sanskrit,
Ishwaro gurur atmeti murti bheda vibhagine,
There is no difference between Guru, Divine and me. What iscommon in all three is what I am!

Q: What is surrender?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: A child playing a game goes to its mother and plays or cries. That issurrender. The state of mind of the child is surrender. Another way to look atit is if there is something that we can't handle any more, we give up to thehigher power. That is surrender. 

Q: Why is there so much sorrow in the world?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Even with so much sorrow we are not able to let go in this world. Howwe would be able to let go if it was only full of joy. So, surrender in sorrow,do service in joy. 

Q: Please talk about karma.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Some karma we have to experience, and some we can change. E.g. when wecook some sweet, if there is too much sweet, we add some rava, if it is less wecan add sweetening agent. But once you have put the rava on the fire, you can'tturn it back. In the same way, some karma can be changed, some can’t. 

Q: We worry about future and cry about the past. How can wechange the pattern?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Take past as a lesson, and see what you can do in the future. That iswhy we should take past as destiny and future as free will, that isintelligence.

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