Posts Tagged ‘Meditation’


Q. I don’t know how to pray, I understand meditation but I don’t understand prayer. How does one pray?

Sri Sri: Meditation is the finest form of prayer. Prayer is ‘Oh God give me this, give me that’ or ‘Oh, I am so thankful to you because you gave me that or this’.
But meditation is just reposing and that is the best form of prayer. Prayer happens when you are utterly helpless or when you are very grateful. There are two situations in your life. Either you are so helpless, when you have no other way. Like if you are very thirsty and you need water, you say please give me some water. Please help.

Asking for help is one form of prayer.
Thanking is another form of prayer.
And the third is just reposing, being quiet.

The third is the most supreme type of prayer.

You can be grateful for all that you have had, that is a sort of prayer. You don’t have to use particular sentences or phrases or verses for it.

The yagyas that are being done here is not just some sort of prayer. It is a technique, a procedure. You don’t need to understand what those chantings mean. The chantings, the vibrations have an impact on our whole body, mind and the environment. That is the most important thing about yagyas. It is not asking God for this thing or that. It is just chanting those shlokas. Hearing the chantings is even more beneficial. You don’t need to chant with them. Simply listening to it, itself creates the vibrations in the consciousness.

This attitude will help you go deep in meditation.
I want nothing
I do nothing
I am nothing

These are basic principles of meditation. We have to pay attention to this thing.


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Q: Which is more helpful for spiritual growth – to spend more time with the Master or to do more practices?

Sri Sri: It’s only the intellect that brings separation. Otherwise there is no separation. Air is everywhere. But when you observe your breath – then that breathing in is joyful. In the same way you are already close. Just have to be aware of it. A question about relationship problem being a botheration

Sri Sri: There is this story a devotee told me. Two men in a bar are talking. Bhanu didi already started laughing when Guruji said this and Guruji himself was having a hard time controlling his laughter. He could barely finish the story without laughing. “So one of them says to the other – I have family problems.” And the other says, “You think you have family problems? Listen to this. I’m married to a young widow with a grown-up daughter. We got married and I got myself a stepdaughter. Later, my father married my stepdaughter. (Stops to laugh) That made my stepdaughter, my step-mother. And my father became my stepson-in-law. Also, my wife became mother-in-law of her father-in-law.!” (He continued for a bit – I don’t know how he remembered the combinations…) and I am will have a son and I will be my own grandfather!” And you think you have family problems?!!! When the Guru smiles…

Q: Is permananent peace beyond all concepts of the mind?

Sri Sri: Yes! Is it okay to have two Gurus or will the blessings be reduced? It’s hard to manage one – why do you want two! Reduced blessings? Even here you want more and more. Even in blessings there is greed? You should honor every tradition – there is no need to feel guilty. Because of those blessings you are here. But don’t keep searching from pillar to post. Dive into any one tradition deeply.

Q: You said all is programmed into the DNA but in Vasishta it is said self-effort is required? Is it grace of self-effort?

Sri Sri: Both!

Q: How can we age gracefully?

Sri Sri: (with a mischievious smile and a small subtle gesture toward himself) Like this! See you are really asking how to look attractive. Your desire to look attractive makes you unattractive! If you want to look attractive, have that feverish desire that makes you unattractive. But if you are calm, serene, then that brings beauty.

Q: Can healing happen through chakra meditation?”

Sri Sri: Yes, in meditation healing can happen. When the mind is calm, alert and totally contented then it is like a laser beam – it is very powerful and healing can happen. That is why there is this tradition of asking elders for blessings. Because at that age – all desires are fulfilled and there is calmness, contentment – so the blessing is powerful. Of course this doesn’t happen in all cases. In some cases the age goes in one direction and the mind goes in the other!

Q: Do visualization and affirmation techniques work?

Sri Sri: To some extent but there is really no need to keep repeating. If you keep repeating you will start doubting it actually. Now you know you are in Bali – do you need to keep saying “I am in Bali, I am in Bali…” No! You already know – that is good enough. In fact if you keep repeating you will start doubting it. No I am not saying that there is absolutely no need for affirmation – in some cases when the negative thoughts are so high – some of this may help a bit but to just keep repeating…there is no need. You have to go beyond negative and positive thoughts. In the Gita Krishna tells Arjuna – Arjuna you have to rise above the positive and the negative. This is the supreme knowledge. To go beyond the negative and the positive – to see them with equanimity. To not be affected by either one of them.

Q: You say to observe the thoughts in the mind – this question arises – who is observing the thoughts?

Sri Sri: Ah! That is the question! You have to inquire.

Q: Observing the thoughts can also be a thought?

Sri Sri: If you make an effort to observe then yes, you are right, that can also become a thought. But if you are effortless and relaxed when observing, then it is fine. In Park City, Utah, when Guruji met about 70 of us from the Bay Area, he came out of meditation and with the backdrop of white snowy mountains, he spoke for some time on the last two questions, (from memory recollecting some of it below…) Observe what is going on in your mind. The dialogue in the mind. Constantly there is dialogue in the mind. What somebody said, what you said, what you will say. Your mind is always busy – planning on what to say to whom…blah blah blah. Discard all the impressions that arise in the mind. Just discard all this. Discard your mind! Take some time every day to discard all these impressions from your mind. Take a walk – a nature walk. Be mindful. Discard the impressions. Every day spend about an hour consciously removing these impressions. It may be frustrating at first but continue. Don’t get frustrated. Just calmly discard all the impressions.

Q: So are Sudarshan Kriya and meditation the vehicles to do this?

Sri Sri: I am giving you the goal and you want a vehicle! I am taking you to the goal! This is higher than Kriya and Meditation. This knowledge is good for lifetimes. Just discard all the impressions. Be free of your mind.

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Gurudev’s Coimbatore visit 13th Feb 2008 : Source <gopuaol@hotmail.com>

Guruji : How many of you have body pains since early in the morning, raise your hand ?

(There was about 25% of the crowd raising their hands)

Guruji : You know why? We eat the crops that are cultivated by using chemical fertilizers. This causes a lot of diseases in our body. Do you understand? We don’t detoxify the body. To get good yield we use artificial chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Because of these fertilizers, soil turns toxic and he produce from the soil in turn becomes toxic and our body gets toxic substances as we eat them which cause disease and pain.

How many have hip, joint, back pains and different kinds of headaches. I don’t want you to tell me the number of head aches that you have at home!!! If we have to get rid of all these pains and diseases, we have to go back to our traditional method of farming. We have to do natural farming, Zero budget farming low-cost, more yield, better health. So we have to take this as a revolution to the farmers.

You know the white sugar is termed as white poison in western countries. As it overs the knobs of the intestine and stops the nutrients from being absorbed by the body. The children who consume a lot of sugar are mostly lean because of
lack of nutrition. If you stop giving them sugar, they will start getting healthier. We eat a lot of sugar and reduce our body growth as well. So instead if white sugar you should start consuming cane sugar which is in turn good for the body. It helps the liver as it has minerals. We have to know how to eat tell not how to eat more.

Similarly we need to learn breathing practices to keep our body healthy and earn meditation to get peace of mind and these things are very much essential for life. We should have knowledge and awareness on meditation, breathing
practices and food.

Now let us switch on to cane sugar. The only difference that you may notice is that gulab jamuns would look much darker and jalebis would be of a different color!!! It does not matter.

After 30 -32 years everyone should take 3 Triphala tablets at night. It sets right all the three doshas, vata, pitha and kapha in the body. . It eliminates toxins from the body. Even if there is a problem with the food, Triphala clears
the stomach and helps in good elimination the next morning. It also maximizes anti- oxidization in the body. All of you should take “Triphala” and you yan see the effect in your body within 5 to 7 days.

“Deva Vati” is a good cure for amebiosis and other diseases caused by change in food and water. It is harmless and every one must carry with them wherever they go. It replaces antibiotics like Flagyl and others. Two to three “Deva Vati” can cure ever.

In India, what ever we prepare we add turmeric in it. You know why? Because of its anti-oxidant properties and it has medicinal value. In 1980, we called upon scientists for a conference in Delhi. When asked about the use of turmeric, they said it is just a color pigment without any value. Today, the foreigners may turmeric is an antioxidant and it can give immunization against Cancer and let we do not understand its real value.

In Tamilnadu we add turmeric in the pickles, especially the lemon pickles. Turmeric means Goddess Devi. She is
incarnation of lemon, turmeric, and neem. All the three plants are considered sacred in our country and they all give good energy to our body. If we grow lemon and tulsi in each and every house we can have good health in our country.

You know in our country there is a shortfall in the production of pulses. We are importing nearly 40% of the pulses and if this continues we will not have sufficient food In the future. So we have to plant pulses in our home garden and our women can do it.

My Grandmother was in Papanasam even at the age of 92 years she used to do things for herself and she had a good system of eating. Like, eating “Agathi Keerai” , on every “Dwadesi” day ( The day after ekadesi Fasting) and she used to take two kinds of vegetables . She had laid rules for herself and hence had a lot of energy. In the next generation the energy level came down and now in our generation it is getting lower.

One more interesting thing you know our “Idly” is considered to be the most nutritious food in the World. Because it contains carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, fats, amino acids and fiber.
Every one should consume ghee. Ghee helps the body to absorb nutrients. If I start talking on food I can go on for hours together. “Idly” is said to be the complete food it is a happy thing to know don’t you think so.


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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. Make the Divine your Valentine (your sweet Beloved). This is the last thing to do and the first thing to do. 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. When you keep your heart in the Divine, the moving time, the passing events, will not be able to touch it, will not create a scar. A precious stone needs a setting around it, gold or silver, to hold it and to wear it; so wisdom and knowledge are that setting around the heart which will hold it in the Divine.

See the Divine in your Valentine and make the Divinity your Valentine (your sweet beloved). Just BE. . .and know that you are LOVED… That is BELOVED.

Weekly Knowledge #88  Fort Lauderdale, Florida
12 Feb 1997  USA 

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi took Mahasamadhi on Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

Guruji Sri Sri Ravishankar has described Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a “great saint” whose contribution to the world would be remembered forever.”Maharishi was a great saint. He was highly skilled in managing world affairs and was equally dispassionate at the same time,” Guruji said, recalling the time he spent with Maharishi in his early days. “Maharshi laid the foundation for a new world based on the knowledge of Vedas and spirituality. There was none like him and none shall ever be again. He remains unparalleled,” Guruji added.


Jai Guru Dev.
Michael Fischman, President
Art of Living Foundation-USA

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Below is a part of the talk given by Guruji … Guruji is sharing an experience of a teacher it’s amazing!!!!

Ahimsa – Non-violence. What do you get by being non-violent? In your presence, everyone else will lose their violence. One who is established in non-violence, in their presence others will also lose violent tendencies within.

One of our teachers in Botswana, a young woman – she was kidnapped by 5-6 gunmen. How many of you know this? You should hear from her own words. They took her in the car. She was laughing and she said “If you do any harm to me, your family will not be happy!”. She said, “see, I have a Guru!”.They said, ‘what is a guru’ and then she gave them an intro talk!! She spoke to them half an hour and they left her. They gave her the passport back. You listen to her own story. It is very funny! And the terrorist said sorry to her! They tried to push her, she said “It’s paining, don’t do that”. They said “Oh sorry madam!”. We don’t know the power of yoga, meditation. How 6 terrorists in Botswana,it has never happened in history, they have left just like that and given the passport back!

Another teacher from India went to Moscow. Four men came and started speaking in Hindi and then told him “You have five hours. Let’s go have some tea”. He went with them innocently and they took him and locked him. He broke the door. They have guns and this gentleman without any weapons could face and get away from them, unhurt! They also gave him money to get to the airport! Couple of other stories are there, in Calcutta, they kidnapped and brought him back.

If you have the conviction, if you are established in non-violence, in  your presence, surroundings, violence drops. Violence turns into non-violence.

Sri Sri: Do not speak any harsh word. Let not any harsh word come out of your mouth to anyone, for the Divine dwells in every heart .

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