Source : Thanks to Sushil Nachnani
Q: Why can’t we have a course for the elderly – a special course just for them?
A: You know the elderly don’t think of themselves as elderly. They consider themselves to be very young! Here we have Noemi who will turn 80 tomorrow – is it tomorrow? Yes, she will turn 80 and she’s so active. She has satsangs in her house, is so involved.
Q: I know desire has negative effects but is it wrong to have preferences?
A: Yes, you can have preferrences. It there five types of sweets on the table and you choose two that’s okay. But see if you can be like that about everything in life. So it doesn’t matter so much what you choose. Then you don’t get stuck in cravings and aversions.
Q: Something about enlightenment?
A: There are 2 steps. From somebod to be nobody and then from nobody to be everybody. I have been saying this for a while. And some of you have been listening to it for a while also. (Laughs) Isn’t it? But one day it will suddenly make sense and you will say “Aha! that’s what Guruiji meant!”
Q: Can you please give me advice about dealing with my anger?
A: You know, advice is the least taken thing on this planet. Pieces of advice become orphans because no one wants them. They just hang in the sky. Anger is just disharmony – it’s okay – it happens sometimes. You can sing out your anger – see then it’s okay. (Guruji then started singing) “You stupid fool (people
started laughing) why don’t you get out off my back (everyone was roaring with laughter by this time) See, you can continue like that. Sing when you get angry.
Q: You have taken on such a massive task and you have accomplished so much. When did you know you wanted to do this or did you always know?
A: (after a brief pause) When I was in school I would tell my friends that I had family all over the world. In USA, Italy, Africa…and my friends would be very excited. In those days the hobby was to collect stamps or to collect coins and they would tell me – ask your family to bring or to send coins and stamps. And of course nothing would happen! And my mother would scold me. My friends would tell her that I was saying we had family all over the world – and she would scold me. My mother was very strict! She would say – which family do we have? Who do we have in New York? Why are you saying things like that? (laughter spreads in the crowd) And my friends would make fun of me then. In school they had written – New York, London, all these names – on the doors of the toilets. They would say – “yes, you can go to London and New York” I did not go to the toilet then. I had trained myself not to go to the toilet while I was in school. (Guruji joined in the laughter)
We ended the satsang with Guruji’s saying – “Okay, I’ll see you tomorrow morning for Sunrise meditation.” Can you think of a better way of saying “Good Night!” ? 🙂