Excerpts from International Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore (India) Satsang (30th March 2011)

Posted on: Thursday, March 31, 2011 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

Guruji is addressing the graduating class of Ayurveda doctors.
Education never stops. Until now, you were learning inside the classroom. Now you are going to learn outside class room – in the world.

What are the Signs of an educated person?
  • Confidence and Courage: If you show fear, you are not educated. What is the fear for? It is the fear of making a livelihood – isnt' it? If you are educated, you will have the confidence that you can survive anywhere.

  • Compassion: If you are not compassionate, you are not educated.

  • Courtesy: An educated person will have common courtesy.

  • Commitment: You should go all out to fulfill your commitment to your profession. As doctors you are committed to bringing good health to society.

  • Creativity: You need to do something creative. For example, your souvenir is so interesting. Usually, these things are boring – but your souvenir is very interesting and creative. This is how you should be creative. Creativity does not mean that you have to create something new always. It is good if you do. You also can expand on what you have already. There are docs who have clinics and are happy. Others have expanded their practice and are very successful. The 21st century will be the century of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is very poetic – no other science has poetry. There is a shloka for everything. Spend your time learning some of these shlokas. It will be useful. What I found interesting is that the old vaidyas, sing poetry when asked to speak of Ayurveda. No other medical system can sing a song when asked to give a medicine. Your system is so musical and creative.

These are the signs of being educated. Always keep learning. You are so privileged. Today everything is available on the tips of your fingers. On your laptop everything is available. You don't have to take the trouble to go to the library even to get information. The previous generation did not have this. We had to look for books and spend hours digging into the papers to learn something. Utilize this privilege and be of use to the family, society and the whole nation.

Jai Gurudev!

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Excerpts from International Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore (India) Satsang (29th March 2011)

Posted on: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

Q: I’ve read / learnt that everything in the universe is complimentary. Is that the reason why consciousness is so hard to perceive since there is nothing complimentary to it?
Sri Sri: Consciousness is knowledge. It is that which knows. Inertia is complimentary to this.

Q: You seem to be good, cause good people can sleep peacefully at night, but the ones who are bad are having fun while awake. Why is this?
Sri Sri: This is only for a short while. And honestly, it only appears that they are having fun. It’s only an illusion that they are happy. They might be happy for a short time but in the long run it’s not the case.

Q: I am possessive about my partner. I don’t doubt him but I doubt those around him. How do I get over this?
Sri Sri: hmmmm, what should you do? I’ve always said that one doubts only the positive. So there is something good in him and that is why they are around him. What you need to do is understand what the doubt is about. Then you broaden your vision. Dont label yourself saying “I’m always doubting etc…” that won’t help… then you behavior also has a certain pattern… just know that what is yours is yours… don’t worry… just relax… and what is not yours – it anyway was not yours.

Q: How to escape emotional blackmail?
Sri Sri: See you are asking me a very generic question for a specific event.I am not going to fall in this trap. Since I will say something and then you will understand something else and then you will get into trouble and put me into trouble too! I won’t answer generic answers to specific questions and specific answers to generic questions. Better you talk to our teachers or write me a mail. When you are in confusion – just pray.

Q: Is it true by visiting holy places your bad karma gets washed off?
Sri Sri: Bad karma is not your nature. You do bad karma out of ignorance or due to lack of awareness. So a dip in the ganges is like just washing all off that away. You need to know that in the present you are pure and untouched. Some karma you will have to face the fruits for and that will come and go – no big deal. Just go thru them.

Q: What to do when you are in family with different guru’s being worshipped? Each tries to say their guru is the best!
Sri Sri: nothing! Both think theirs is the best – you just have fun.

Q: if we don’t respect nature even nature won’t respect us – but isn’t it too cruel of nature (who we call mother) to hit back like this?
Sri Sri: When the mother is bathing her child even she cries. The child is wailing and trying to get out of water and hates having soap and oil put on it etc… it looks cruel that the mother is doing it but it is not. And mother feels the pain of the child but it is necessary for the child to have a bath. Similarly when the child has to wear clothes – she struggles to put the child’s arm in the sweater and pull over but it is needed. You see the coconut tree – not every flower blooms and turns into a fruit. Creation and destruction are part of the nature. That’s the law of nature. Nature has a mysterious way of sustaining life.

Q: Lust takes over me sometimes and I do things which I shouldn’t. Later I feel ashamed. How do I get over this?
Sri Sri: look, you will do it once, twice, thrice, four times, ten times, then ??? You’ll know and be aware of it… and then you can stop. This is part “viveka”. When you understand the harmful effects of it, you will get over it soon. If yet you cannot stop then the second thing is to keep yourself busy – spend energy in more ways than one and you won’t have time for lust to take over…
If even after that you cannot control then leave it upto age! everything will automatically settle. All this comes in bolts and cycles – and it’s in these young years you will feel it. Lust doesn't stay in all the age groups. It does not last for all times in age. Sadhana, Satsang , Seva will help you to get out of it too.

Q: Things are not going right at home – so parents are getting involved in tantric practices. What to do?
Sri Sri: There are so many people in the name of tantra who are trying to cheat. Dont get trapped, Instead Pray. Pray together. Say – if it’s good for me/us let it happen else give something better. Do chanting…

Q: What should I do to become your secretary?
<everyone laughing and clapping>
Sri Sri: assume you are doing my work only. Let me tell you being my secretary is not easy at all. It’s a lot of work and there are many requests you have to handle. Just know that for any seva you do I am with you and you are with me.

Q: They say the consciousness is pure and is untouched. Then how can we have karmic impressions?
Sri Sri: This is a wonder. This is something which cannot be expressed. This is what the ancient rishi’s called as “maya”. It’s not there and yet it is there.

Q: You have said – love is not just an emotion, it is your very existence. Yet it is this love which lands me into trouble (again the audience is amused). How can I not get into trouble and follow the sutra.
Sri Sri: Skill. Only with skill. How you express love and how one receives it.. it is a skill. You shouldn't express the love too much.

Q: Money is above everything – more important than family and ties and relationships etc. is it right to consider Laxmi as goddess?
Sri Sri: That which you honor you will never try to grab. It is not that you should hate and disregard money – no that’s not the way… cleanliness is godliness. What you must understand is that laxmi is not just money. Laxmi is wealth. There are 8 types of wealth. Money is one of them. But this kind of thought is an insult to goddess. You earn so much money – you don’t spend – keep it in the bank and die! What sense does this make? Don’t constantly worry about money.
The one who puts sincere effort in work and has patience – it is to him/her that laxmi goes to. Don’t fear and be scared of god!

Q: Tomorrow is India Vs Pakistan Cricket World Cup game. You say “vasudev kutumbakam” is it ok for me to support India tomorrow?

Sri Sri: It’s just a game isn’t it? Support whoever you chose.
In a game – even the one who loses is a winner. 
In a war – even a winner has lost.

Q: How did Ekalavya succeed when his master was not supporting him?
Sri Sri: He could do this by his strong devotion. His master took his thumb, and raised him to a higher platform. Ekalavya became such a prominent figure in history only due to his master. No one quotes the Arjuna's name or someone else but quote Ekalavya's name because of his Master.
Like in ramayana, it was Kaikai who actually made Lord Ram Life a historic and great. Kaikai appeared to do a wrong or bad act, but it was only due to her all the world experiences so much grace and blessings from Lord Ram
Kaikai took all the blame on her in real terms..and made Lord Ram's life great. Otherwise Ram would have become king like anyone and would have led a simple life like anyone else ruling the kingdom and spending the time watchin Cricket if there were to be cricket matches :)

Q: Ram had 12 kala’s. hanuman had 14. Guruji, how many do you have in you?
Sri Sri: Why should I tell you? Calculate for yourself!
I have “jeven jeene ki kala” (the art of living) and this is complete J
Jai Jai Radha Raman Hari Bol

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Excerpts of the Dharamshala, Himachal pradesh (India) Satsang (25rd March 2011)

Posted on: Saturday, March 26, 2011 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

Jai Gurudev!

If we are proud about our past/history... then, we can think of a bright future for our country. The Vedas say that... our mind is the sacred place where Shiva and Shakti reside. It is very calm, blissful, and peaceful.

Today I want you to take 3 pledges:
First one is against corruption. We have to stop corruption in this country. There are different levels of corruption. One is at the individual level. You have to stop accepting that giving bribes are a way of life.

The second is at the level of bureaucracy. I want all officials to put “I don’t accept bribes” on their tables. Do this for one year only. You will see a great difference. People will bless you. Sometimes, even when you work hard, you do not see any results or promotion. This is because you have been corrupt. Stop this corruption for one year and see what happens. People will bless you and you will see progress in your life.

Second pledge is to remove addiction. Himachal has more than 500 rivers, but alcohol is more-free flowing than these rivers! This has to be stopped. We all have to work for this. Will you do this? Give me your pledge!

The third is to stop female feticide/infanticide. There is a wrong feeling that only the male child can do the funeral kriyas (anthyeshti). Women can also do this. In ancient India, even women used to wear the sacred thread and do the funeral kriyas. In Bali, even today, women perform all these duties – and these people learnt this tradition from India. Somehow, we have lost this tradition. We need to re-instate this tradition! Girls have the same rights as boys! They should be protected at all costs. The Vedas say that the sin for killing 100 cows is equal to killing 1 brahmin. The sin for killing 100 brahmins is equal to killing 1 sanyasi and killing 100 sanyasis is equal to killing 1 girl. Such is the high regard that we give to girls.

The fourth is that we need to protect our environment. Let us take two hours every Sunday and start cleaning our city. Go to shops and ask them to keep their area clean. When the public puts pressure, it will be more effective when compared to government pushing this initiative. Create groups of 15 – 20 people. Do this right now at the gate, give your names and get this initiative going. I can see people from different cities. You can start this in your own cities also. Then, things will start to change.

Go with the belief that you are taken care of. All sorts of lack will be removed from your life. This belief will bring the strength for you to face any situation in your life. The main objective of satsang is to relax in the self... and be continuously happy. There are so many Saints here... they are giving you blessings in their silence. Everybody has a capacity to bless. When does this ability blossom in you ... when you are contented! Do one thing at home tonight. First... list all your needs. Then, list all your responsibilities. If your responsibilities are more than your needs, you will be happy and contented. When you are contented, you will be able to bless people. Usually, elders are asked to bless people. This is because they have lived a full life and do not need anything at that stage in life. But, we don’t have to be so old to bless others. If we develop contentment in our life, we can develop the ability to bless. You will also get healing powers with this ability. You should watch your diet and meditate go develop this. As far as diet goes, in ancient India, people used to do anna shudhi. A little ghee is added to the rice so that the rice gets digested slowly. This prevents diabetes. Ghee/Butter purifies food, seva purifies karma, donation purifies your money/earnings by doing these things, life becomes pure.

This is art of living... First, opposites are complementary. It is a part and parcel of life. Don’t stop doing your karma because something bad has happened in your life. Things happen, you take them in your stride and keep moving forward. Second, take everybody with you and move ahead in life. No two people are alike. Accept everybody and move on. Third – when we make a mistake... we say it happened, and when somebody else does it.. we point fingers. Treat all mistakes as same... they happen.

Any questions today?
Q: Is it true that the world will end in 2012?
Sri Sri: This is all false... people said this for the year 2000 also... nothing like this will happen. All this exists only in American movies :)!

Q: Does everybody take birth and die or is there anybody who is free from this cycle?
Sri Sri: Some people are bound by this cycle – they have no choice, but others take birth according to their choice.

Q: What should parents do to bring their children on right path?
Sri Sri: Children also ask me the same thing :)! You cannot change your child alone without changing the company your child keeps. Watch the friends closely – if they are going in the wrong path, change them first. Your child will automatically come to the right path. You have to be a good uncle/aunt before being a good parent. If you want to break off a mango from the tree, you don’t hit the mango with the stone. You hit the branch so that the mango breaks off from the tree. In the same way, if you change the friends first, your child will change too! Then bring them to the YES! Course. There are so many youth sitting here.. ask them about their experience. They had fantastic time here!

Q: Guruji, you say that we should be happy. How can we be happy when we are in difficult situation?
Sri Sri: There is a story. Mullah Nassuridin was in a hospital. All his bones were broken. A friend went to visit him and Mullah was smiling. The friend asked, how can you smile in such a situation? Mullah said, if I can't smile in this situation, then I haven't learned to smile. Most disease are related to the mind, not to the body. Accept the pain/problems and keep your mind happy.

Q: When all religions are good, why do people fight in name of religion?
Sri Sri: I met the honorable Dalai Lama today, he said India has advocated non-violence for so long we should be proud of it. Hindu religion is the source for Buddhism, is inspired by it –Indians should ensure that all religions co-exist in please. We are celebrating 30 yrs of Art of living in Berlin in the same stadium where Hitler started his campaign. He started violence – we will end it with a message for peace. People from 152 different countries will come and represent their different cultures. We have to create a Divine society where there is no violence or corruption. We lived in such a society before... we have to take our society back to those times where there is no disease no tension no corruption we can build such a society if everybody is well educated.

Q: Is sacrificing animals is right?
Sri Sri: This practice is prevalent in Himachal. This is very wrong. We should educate people about it and stop it. If you have to sacrifice something, then sacrifice the animalistic instinct. Sacrifice your cowardice instead of chickens :)! Sacrificing poor animals won't get you anything. The Shastras don’t advocate this practice either. When you sacrifice those animalistic instincts, your consciousness will become pure! Priests should educate people properly. However, the priests themselves are not that well educated these days! They advocate practices that are not good. They mix up things and chant wrong mantras. We should encourage people to learn Sanskrit and understand the meaning behind mantras. Mantras are very powerful, but when not chanted properly, their effect comes down. We have to preserve and spread our knowledge.

Q: Is Karma a matter of body or of Soul?
Sri Sri: Karma is neither of the body nor the soul. The body is Prakriti. The soul is Paramatma. Karma is of the mind, which is between the body and the soul. If you drop the mind, you can get out of the cycle of Karma.

Let us meditate! You can ask for one wish. It will get fulfilled!

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Posted on: Thursday, March 24, 2011 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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Excerpts of the Sundernagar, Himachal pradesh (India) Satsang (23rd March 2011)

Jai Gurudev!
Guruji has arrived on stage wearing the traditional Himachal cap and is chanting a mantra.

Sri Sri: The gross (sthool) world that we see outside comes from the subtle (sookshma) world. It is the subtle world that gives rise to the gross world. The subtle world also contains within it the Devis and Devtas. The Gods are within us – within every particle of us, including in this place.

Today, there is a big tussle going on between the positive and negative forces (energies). The negative forces in this society are corruption, injustice. The positive energies are giving blessings for all to fight the negative energies of society. The positive energies are truthfulness, simplicity, straightforwardness. Doing Sadhana regularly will develop these positive energies within us. Today, we have to be aware and awaken the positive energies. We should work to develop knowledge within us to get the power to fight the negative forces. Knowledge, Music and Meditation … three are necessary to develop positive energies within us.

Accept people as they are. If we don't do that, we will be doing a disservice to ourselves. Oftentimes, many people come into our lives who make us angry. Is this true or not? Raise your hands! Sadhana will help you to accept these people and give you the strength to face them. If you get immersed in anger, your life is wasted. First you need to silence your mind. Then, the acceptance will come. For example, first accept 'thief' as 'thief'. Then, we can act on the fact and take the thief to the police station. Sadhana is not just doing the Kriya – your whole life is Sadhana.

How do guest go after talking to you in your home. If they are happy while leaving then you are their real friend. Else if they feel the problems are bigger after talking to you, then you are not their friend, but an enemy. If we are their friend, and they do something wrong, then its your duty to catch their ear. So if some one criticizes you, open heartedly accept it. If it has truth in their talk, correct yourself, else just let it go with compassion.

Every moment, be ready to do seva (service). Seva should not come out of any desire /expectation / gifts (meva). These days, people want the meva even before doing seva :) That is no seva at all. Seva that is done without any expectation is true seva and that is your very nature. You should do seva because you cannot exist without doing it. There is no big or small seva.

When the mind is quiet, there is God all around. People say they can't see God. I say I can't see anything other than God. In India, people believe that the whole world exists because of God. This is the first step. There are more steps. With help of God you get material as well as spiritual achievements. This belief is prevalent in India and China. Did you know that in Mexico they have found a Ganapati Idol buried. In Bulgaria a Nataraja idol and in Peru a Shiv linga were found. We can find the symbols of God all over.

Today, the Art of living is 30 years old. From last town in Argentina to the last town in Antarctica satsangs are taking place. All over the world the thirst for knowledge has begun.

There are various levels of energies. Similarly, various levels of God forms are found. Everything in this world is made of one thing, only different manifestations of the same energy. For example, coal and diamond are made of the same substance but are different manifestations of the same substance. You don't hang coal on your ear as an ornament and you don't use the diamond as a coal even though they are made up of the same substance. All these different manifestations should be accepted.

Today, I have come to give you these messages.
1) We have to stop corruption in this country. There are three levels of corruption. One is at the individual level. You have to stop accepting that giving bribes are a way of life. Someone once said, in India, even Gods are bribed! One should not think like that. Worshiping God is respecting them. Doing worship from heart is the best worship. Some people say that they will offer their hair if they get what they had prayed for. This is not real worship.

The second is at the level of bureaucracy. I want all officials to put "I don't accept bribes" on their tables. If you are too busy to do this, our youth volunteers can do this for you.

The third is at the level of politics. Some people warned me not to talk against corruption. I was astonished that they could actually tell me that. I said I will talk against corruption. I am not going to listen to all these people. I listen only to my conscience. I also encourage journalists to write about this in the papers. We have to leave a world free of corruption to the next generation. All of you here today promise me to make this a corruption free country. Come on, all of you raise your hands and take an oath… I don't see a few people raise their hands :) I am not leaving until I see all hands go up :)

We have had a tradition of upholding human values. In our country where respecting women is held at a higher esteem than respecting even sanyasis, we have had to pass a law not to bring injustice on women! What kind of a world are we living in! Respecting women is common decency - does this need a law? We have to stop female feticide. You have to take an oath not to stop this. Come on raise your hands and make a resolution today!

We need to stop alcoholism too! People find excuses to drink. Today, we can have a wedding without the bride and groom, but not without alcohol! Wedding is a place where you should be in a state of wakefulness and not be dull. We need to change this way of life. Take an oath right now that you will stop this. If you feel awkward to invite guests without offering alcohol, you can put the blame on me. I am ready to take it. Tell them that you have taken an oath in front of Devtas that you will not consume or serve alcohol! All Gods will be happy to hear this.

We will meditate for 10 minutes.
Shake your hands.
Close your eyes and keep shaking hands.
Close your eyes and relax.
Take your attention within your body.
Millions and billions of atoms make up our body.
Gods live in our own body.
The power of God is in our body and in every particle of the world.
Body is made of Earth element.
And entire Earth is filled with Divine Energy.
Remember the mountain, the ground from where we have come and where we will go.
In few years we will go in ground.
Take a deep breath in and thank the Earth.
Your body is 70% water.
Different types of fluids are flowing in our body.
Water is life.
Water is also God's power.
Water is present in air in form of clouds.
70% of our body is water.
7 Oceans , several hundreds of rivers, clouds, wells, .. it's water everywhere.
Take a deep breath in.
And bow down to water element.
Body has heat, fire element. Else we can't survive.
Earth has heat, also in water and air.
Sun and Moon have fire element.
Let's bow down to fire element and take a breath in
This world is full with energy, in form of heat, light in various forms.
Various places energy is manifesting in various forms.
Let's bow down to that energy.
Take a deep breath in and let go slowly.
One more deep breath in.
Slowly let go.
Within you and outside there is Air element. Remember this element.
Water too has air element.
Fire too has it.
Within us, outside us air is there.
Air is the reason for your existence.
Another breath in.
Smilingly take a deep breath.
Smilingly let go of the breath.
Loosen your body.
The smile on your face dissolve into every cell of your body.
Let your smile go within.
Let go all your efforts.
Thoughts come and go in your mind.
Mind is like a sky and thoughts like clouds... come and go
Body has Space element.
Every bit of it has this element.
Everything has come from space, is in space and will go into space.
Like space mind is formless, you too are formless.
Relax and take a deep breath in
Drop all your efforts, imagination and tries.
Nothing to know, nothing to do, only relax
With a smile, rest within yourself.
God's abundant blessings are with us.
We are sitting in God's laps. Just relax.
Nothing to know, nothing to do, just rest.
(mantra Chanting)
Slowly get aware of body and surroundings.
You may open your eyes.
Felt Good?
How many felt good?
18 minutes.

Are there any questions?
Q: If God is everywhere, why do Sadhus go to Mountains for sadhana?
Sri Sri: Mountain is called "Parvat". Parva means celebration. There is always celebration on a mountain top and Rishis love it.

Q: In Himachal, we have a long standing tradition of sacrificing animals. Can you throw some light on this tradition?
Sri Sri: Sacrifice as it is practiced here has been wrongly understood. What has to be sacrificed is the animalistic qualities in us. For example, the heaviness (jadatwa – the bullishness) within you is to be sacrificed, not animals. Let us also take this oath that no animal is sacrificed. Sacrifice your own animal instinct, not the animal. You cannot kill animals. There is no mention in our scriptures that we have the right to kill. You do not have the ability to create these animals, what right do you have to kill them? Do read Bhagwat Geeta - keep faith and ask for a wish. Today all Devatas gathered here are happy, just before you sleep today, ask for a wish, surrender it and then sleep.

Q: In India why is Idol worship so prominent?
Sri Sri: Idols are worshiped after you instill your life force (prana) in it. This is the reflection of the feelings that you have towards God. However, this is the first step - to see God outside of you. To increase energy we worship God first as an Idol, then saligram (round stone) which is formless. For the common person the idol is needed. A person who has acquired Aadhyatmic knowledge sees God within.
Question: Can India ever get to be the best in the world again?
Sri Sri: YES! But for that we all have to work together. Both Sankalpa and Karma are required. You should have the sankalpa to make India the best again and work towards it also.

Question: How to be happy?
Sri Sri: Be in present moment. Surrender worries to God. Believe that things are for the best, even if any sadness comes in life. Just believe in this and live your life.

Question: Can we destroy negative powers via spirituality?
Sri Sri: Spirituality alone is not enough. If you look at a God's idol, you will see weapons and compassionate vision also. The Devi idol has eight hands – one offering blessings and others with various weapons. First God tries to destroy negative powers with gentle methods. If that does not work, the weapons come out :) Something or other has to work. We have to work on both levels to destroy negative forces. Resolution is powerful. Pray. Work for it. And the more you are quiet inside the more powerful is your sankalpa (resolve).

Question: What all can God forgive?
Sri Sri: Looks like you have a long list of things that you want God to forgive :) That which pinches you is the fault/sin. As soon as you accept your fault/sin you become free. A clear mind does not allow you to make a mistake and this is acquired through seva, sadhana and satsang.

Question: Can you be always with me?
Sri Sri: There is no choice! We are both stuck, both of us have got trapped! We are one and can never be separate. If we consider ourselves as only body, then we are locked in this illusion.

Question: Some of us who consume non-vegetarian food try to stop eating meat, but feel that it is a part of our tradition. How to overcome this?
Sri Sri: Wherever people who were considered non-vegetarian are now turning towards vegetarianism. They have seen the benefits and are slowly changing their eating habits. Man is made for being a vegetarian. Just try it for 3 months and do sadhana and see the difference.

Question: Guruji, how to overcome bad habits?
Sri Sri:
1. Love
Just promise your loved one, take a vow ... that you will not do it.
2. Fear
If someone puts a fear in your mind, you will not continue with the habit. If a doctor tells you that if you smoke, you will die within a month, you will give up smoking.
3. Greed
If someone says to you that if you don't drink for 3 months you will get 100 million, you will do it for 4 months, just to make sure .
There is no 4th option.
Jai Gurudev.

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