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ये जगत मिथ्या है, ये जानने के बाद भी छूटता क्यों नहीं। इसे छोड़ने का तरीका क्या है ?

sri sri ravi shankar answers

प्रश्न: कोई चीज़ मिथ्या हो तो उसे छोड़ना कठिन नहीं होता। ये जगत मिथ्या है ये जानने के बाद भी छूटता क्यों नहीं। इसे छोड़ने का तरीका क्या है ?
श्री श्री: अरे ! भगवान ने नहीं छोड़ा तो तुम क्यों छोड़ रहे हो। भगवान का अनुकरण करते हो तो छोड़ने की चेष्टा क्यों करते हो। न पकड़ने की चेष्टा करो, न छोड़ने की। सेवा करो। दुनिया है तो ये काम करने के लिए है। जबकि हम दुनिया की निंदा करते हैं। निंदा करने से तुम आगे नही बढ़ पाओगे। भगवान कृष्ण गीता में कहते हैं कि ये सृष्टि मेरी है, मेरी अपनी माया है ये, और मेरी कृपा से ही तरोगे। और तरने के लिए ही तो ये सब योगाभ्यास, ध्यान, साधना आदि हैं। ये सब अंतर्मुखी होने के लिए हैं। सेवा करने से आनंद मिलता है, और अगर समाज को पकड़ के कुछ चाहते हो तो दुःख मिलता है।

A poem by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji

You never know
How and when
The existence will start
Using you for its purpose
You never know
How and when
You will be filled with abundance
And you will start raining
Quenching the thirst of many
You never know
How and when
You will be full of
Fruits and shade
And travellers will take
Shelter and food from you
You never know
How and when
You will be full with
Love and light
And you will start spreading
The fragrance of beauty to everyone
You never know
How and when
The death will come
And make you deathless
And life will start
Flowing out of you
You never know
How and when.... Really !


God as First, second and third person

God as First, second and third person- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The theologians address God as He but in prayer you use the 2nd person, and in theory you use 3rd person. In prayer 3rd person does not help. You have to come to 2nd person and in experience of truth you come to 1st person. Experience of God brings you to the 1st person…”I AM.”

He is one with no experience.
You is when praying you begin to be a disciple.
I AM is one who has perfected………??

In the west people are scared to use the 1st person. They are comfortable using only the 3rd person and occasionally the 2nd.
In many cultures (Islam) using even the 1st person is considered a blasphemy. Whereas in the east all the three persons are used and the goal of the 3rd and 2nd person is to reach the 1st.
1st person cannot become a concept but an experiential reality.
3rd person can be a concept. 2nd – a mystical and devotional experience and 1st person dawns as reality.

Prayer cannot happen without 2nd person and Samadhi is impossible without 1st person.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

What is the difference between a student, a disciple and a devotee?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar- Student-Disciple-Devotee

Sri Sri: These are three different levels, primary, higher secondary and college. A student only wants to take some knowledge and leave. A disciple goes one step further and forms a relationship, he is connected with the heart and mind. And a devotee, well he controls God himself, he makes God is servant! If one is a master he is a devotee, if he wants to do seva, he is a disciple and if he wants to simply takes something and go then he is a student.

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