Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Daily Sutras

Prayer happens in two conditions. One is when you are utterly grateful and second is when you are utterly helpless, nowhere to go. Both are authentic and always get fulfilled. Being both together, helpless and grateful, is very rare and very powerful. It is a total form of prayer.

Be Like water. When stones are there on the path of water, what does it do? Water rises above the stones and flows. Similarly obstacles are there in life. You rise above obstacles and move through it. Have patience and flow over them.

Don’t focus on what others want! See what is it that you want. When you stop looking inside and look at others, that is when you miss the boat.

The desire to have self realization - This is the highest desire, the only one worth pursuing. Whether you acknowledge this or not, everyone has come to this planet with this desire. If you have recognized this it’s very good.

A city without streets, a king without treasure, a merchant without business, a life without wisdom, a life without a Guru, are all considered the same.

Life is a mixture of everything: failure & success - they complement each other. If you fail, then you know the value of success, it is a stepping stone.You need to move forward: ask yourself, what did I learn from the past, and then what is my vision for the future? This will keep you going. For this, you need presenc...e of mind, and for this, you need to get rid of stress.

If you think you are just the body that is not possible because the body has its limitations. If you think that you are the mind then that is also not possible because the mind too has its limitations. It is just another layer of our existence. You are Silence! You are Space!

You surrender only that which has happened, which is past. Future is anyways out of your control. We burden the mind with the memories of the past. Let go of the event which has gone and left its shadow, impression in the consciousness. What else can you surrender? Money, etc already belong to the Divine. Surrendering doership, ‘mine’, ‘me’ is surrender.

Sage Narad says, ‘Yoga chitta vritti nirodha’ means 'silencing the tendencies of your mind.’ ‘Tadha drustu swarupe avastanam’ which means ‘Yoga is the skill of being established in the Seer from the scene’ - To go within and be established in the seer. With this notion, meditation starts to happen. Then Samadhi follows.... Your mind is totally calm. For a moment you experience that complete nothingness, emptiness

The mind is like the wave and the Soul is like the ocean. And the connection between the two is that the mind cannot be without the soul, but the soul can exist without the mind. So in meditation you drop the mind, you become one with the totality that is the ocean. Therefore there are both existing together, the mind well as the soul, like the wave as well as the ocean.

When you feel anger inside, do you notice the sensation? Forget about the other person. It is the sensation which is giving you trouble. When you focus on the sensation, it gets dissolved. Why should you spoil your own nervous system? Why should you spoil your own beautiful body because someone said something. You know..., 72 muscles are strained when you frown. Your body becomes a wreck!

You don’t need to worry to maintain knowledge. When knowledge is lodged in you as wisdom, it will never leave you. Wisdom lodges itself in your heart when you Make the Divine your Valentine (your sweet Beloved). Keep your heart in a safe place; it is too delicate. Events, small things make strong impressions on it. And... you cannot find a better place than the Divine to keep your heart safe and your mind sane.

Guruji, what is the purpose of my life? Sri Sri: You are very lucky. So many people live life never asking this question. Nurture it. You have this question in your heart, you are very lucky. I will tell you one thing. One who knows the answer to this question will not tell you and one who tells you does not know.

Again and again, being in the knowledge will clean your mind and intellect. Between you and the Divine is the intellect. Through knowledge, this separation can be removed. Through devotion, meditation and knowledge, the separation dissolves.

There is no expectation of qualification to attain the Divine. No need for any effort. Just be. Akinchan- I am nobody Aprayatna - I do nothing Achaha - I want nothing!

Against such knowledge, you will not be able to give me anything. If you really want to give me anything, give me your worries, your pain, leave it for me here as your Dakshina. And the other thing that you can do is seva. Spread smiles to everyone you come across. But even that wont make 1/10 of what I have given you.... And surrender every good thing that you do, know that you are offering a Guru Dakshina! - Sri Sri

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