Q: Brahma has four faces, Vishnu is in sleeping position. Shiva has a snake
around his neck. What is the significance behind these?
A: You find the significance (Long pause in time). Brahma is the creator. To create you need knowledge and information. You need to see in different angles and dimensions. That’s why he has 4 faces. In this world,
everything is happening by itself. Responsible people should take rest. If you put responsibility on your head, you end up with blood pressure and diabetes. Each action should be taken with care. That’s the quality of a good manager. You should get the work done sitting at your place. One phone call should all be sufficient to get the work done. It all works on trust. You trust people below in the hierarchy and that’s how work gets done. It is mutual trust. If you don’t trust, you have to work hard. Vishnu knows that everything happens. So he is resting! Shiva is in meditation. Snake represents awareness and the snake in Shiva represents the inner awakening! Meditation looks like sleep but is the inner awakening.
Q: Having no emotions. Is that the symbol of an enlightened or saint?
A: They do have emotions. Only that they are not slave of their emotions.
Q: How do I know about myself? My concentration is short lived. Interest too is short lived.
A: Don’t work on something because you have interest in it. Work should bring comfort and benefit to the world. You work on those things that benefit others. If a doctor suddenly declares he has no interest in giving medicine. What will happen? Anyway who asks if the doctor is interested or not. A doctor does his
work so that others benefit and not because it is interesting. If he says, I don’t have interest in giving you an injection. How funny it is? You can’t just do what you want to. Real service is to do what is needed to be done. Without service you won’t get happiness. And even if you get, it won’t last long.
Q: Why is there an outburst from nature in the form of floods etc., (Not the exact question, but that was the context in which it was asked.).
A: Celebrate when you are in harmony. And do service when there is disharmony in the environment. You toss a coin. Even if you ask for head, tail comes along with it. Happiness and sadness keep coming and going. In bad times, you have an attitude of sacrifice and in good times, you should have an attitude of