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world will be the same

October 23, 2011(Below is the transcript of Satsang with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.You can watch the Live webcast of future satsangs)

Q: Guruji, I love you. What happened or what will happen in Europe after the big celebration in Berlin in July?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: People became more aware of Art of Living, isn’t it? We got a very good coverage in the press. More people are doing the course and a change in the subtle has happened. There is more positivity is what I feel.

Q: Dear Guruji, I love you and I feel so much of love only thinking of your presence. And I feel complete and I don’t feel the need to come and talk to you. But my stupid and poor mind wants your attention when you are around and then gets trapped in stupid things, please guide.


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Never mind! And yes come and talk to me. I know many questions are anyway stupid but never mind, just come and talk to me anything. See when our connection is much deeper, then just a little bit of talking doesn’t hurt at all. I don’t base my judgment on what you say, what you talk, not at all. You know in all these 56 years I have never said any bad thing about anybody, never once; have I? Anybody who knows me will know, no never do that. It is not that I did a great thing, it is in my nature, I can’t. If at all I something negativity about somebody to somebody, if I feel they are getting entangled or it is not going to be good for them, then I say, ‘you know, he is not so focused’, that’s all I would say. ‘And this person is not suitable and he is not doing well and he is telling too many lies’, if he is telling lies only, otherwise I won’t say that. But I have not done any special thing to have this; this is just there from the beginning, nature. What I am saying is you don’t judge yourself too much, just be natural. If you just feel like saying hello or hi, just come and talk. And you if feel it is not needed then no need, okay. And don’t just keep these things, ‘oh, Guruji looked at that person and patted him on his back, he hugged that person, but he didn’t look at me’, these are all immaterial. Whether I look at you and say hi or no, we are all connected from a very deep level. How many of you feel that way? See, so many!

Q: Can you help me find the balance?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You are balanced, take it from now, I am telling you are balanced and move with that. If you think you don’t have the balance, then you struggle more, got it? Look back and see how much you have grown, there is so much balance that has come in your life, yes. Very good! Okay now, people the way they are we simply need to accept them. Some are incorrigible, some people you cannot correct them. Some come and some go and I give them a long rope; I give them enough chances to reform. If they don’t then it is their problem and why should we get upset over it; are you getting what I am saying? Yes, and so from your side feel that inner freedom but don’t shut your door to anybody, keep interactions, what do you say?!

Q: Yesterday you said whatever you do or don’t do the . So actually I was wondering by doing what we are doing here how are we making it a better world if the world will be the same all the time.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, this is the balance. When you get too concerned, ‘oh I have to improve the world; that is not ok, this is not ok, that is not ok’, and then what is happening? Your mind gets too much caught up in that and you are losing your energy, your strength, your balance, everything. Then you are not going to make the world a better place. At that time you should remember, okay I will make seven million people good in the world now, but then what? After a hundred years there will be a different seven million people. You can’t correct them, you won’t be here. So when you are getting tired then you should know, well the Divine is taking care; I am not going to impact a change. Then you are able to be calm and strong. So there are two attitudes, one is pravritti action, when you find this is not ok, this is not ok and that is not okay and then you act. 

And then nivritti action when you say everything is okay, everything takes its time, everything has its one role. Then it is Nivritti, then you retire and when you retire, when you get into your being you get energy. Then you are able to meditate, you are able to tap into your source by doing nothing. So the act of doing nothing is as important as the act of doing something out there. So these two attitudes you need to balance, everything okay and nothing is okay. Is it clear?! When you are in this world you have to do something, and you are given a job to improve this world that you have to do. But don’t think you are the person who is going to bring the perfection and keep it forever, that is what I am saying. You cannot keep the perfection. 
You cannot keep this hall clear forever, but you have a duty to clean this now, correct! So similarly we need to improve our world, definitely. It is our sacred job, but at the same time, suppose you are not there, somebody else will improve it. So don’t feel the burden on your head, ‘oh I have to improve it’, but at the same time be responsible, ‘yes I need to improve it’. Do you get the balance? Is it clear now? You are assigned a job to improve this world, definitely. At the same time, whoever has assigned they know if you cannot do it, they will assign somebody else. That supreme power will know. See, suppose you are a head of a team, you give the job to somebody and that somebody does half job and then they are so tired that they become sick, and then what do you do? You say, ‘no, you go rest I will send someone else to do the job’.
 But as long as they did the job they had been very committed to it. In the same way you have been assigned a job, you have to do it. At the same time don’t feel that mental pressure because the boss is taking care of it, yes! As long as you know there is a boss and you are connected with the boss you feel you can tell that I can do this much and I cannot do this much. Not like the modern day bosses who don’t care for people working under them. What I am saying is the Divinity, the nature itself is your boss, the Divine is the boss and that knows, okay you can do this much, then do this much, otherwise rest. There is compassion, think of a compassionate boss who says, ‘okay if it is difficult, never mind, don’t worry’, okay. Good!

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Jiddu Krishnamurti on Purpose of Living

Question: We live but we do not know why. To so many of us, life seems to have no meaning. Can you tell us the meaning and purpose of our living?


Jiddu Krishnamurti: Now why do you ask this question? Why are you asking me to tell you the meaning of life, the purpose of life? What do we mean by life? Does life have a meaning, a purpose? Is not living in itself its own purpose, its own meaning? Why do we want more? Because we are so dissatisfied with our life, our life is so empty, so tawdry, so monotonous, doing the same thing over and over again, we want something more, something beyond that which we are doing.

Since our everyday life is so empty, so dull, so meaningless, so boring, so intolerably stupid, we say life must have a fuller meaning and that is why you ask this question. Surely a man who is living richly, a man who sees things as they are and is content with what he has, is not confused; he is clear, therefore he does not ask what is the purpose of life. For him the very living is the beginning and the end. Our difficulty is that, since our life is empty, we want to find a purpose to life and strive for it.

Such a purpose of life can only be mere intellection, without any reality; when the purpose of life is pursued by a stupid, dull mind, by an empty heart, that purpose will also be empty. Therefore our purpose is how to make our life rich, not with money and all the rest of it but inwardly rich – which is not something cryptic.

When you say that the purpose of life is to be happy, the purpose of life is to find God, surely that desire to find God is an escape from life and your God is merely a thing that is known. You can only make your way towards an object which you know; if you build a staircase to the thing that you call God, surely that is not God. Reality can be understood only in living, not in escape.

When you seek a purpose of life, you are really escaping and not understanding what life is. Life is relationship, life is action in relationship; when I do not understand relationship, or when relationship is confused, then I seek a fuller meaning. Why are our lives so empty? Why are we so lonely, frustrated? Because we have never looked into ourselves and understood ourselves. We never admit to ourselves that this life is all we know and that it should therefore be understood fully and completely.

We prefer to run away from ourselves and that is why we seek the purpose of life away from relationship
. If we begin to understand action, which is our relationship with people, with property, with beliefs and ideas, then we will find that relationship itself brings its own reward. You do not have to seek. It is like seeking love. Can you find love by seeking it? Love cannot be cultivated. You will find love only in relationship, not outside relationship, and it is because we have no love that we want a purpose of life. When there is love, which is its own eternity, then there is no search for God, because love is God.

It is because our minds are full of technicalities and superstitious mutterings that our lives are so empty and that is why we seek a purpose beyond ourselves. To find life’s purpose we must go through the door of ourselves; consciously or unconsciously we avoid facing things as they are in themselves and so we want God to open for us a door which is beyond. This question about the purpose of life is put only by those who do not love. Love can be found only in action, which is relationship.

Source: from book “The First and Last Freedom” by Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Lecture

Lecture        

W here is my phone? Here on the bed. Ohh, I am so careless never put

the phone at appropriate place. 1-866-37354-2623, trin, trin… you have 20 minutes more to talk in your reliance account. Please enter your phone no followed by country code. 91-6112-9834562, trin trin trin hello, hello, papa, pakash good morning father, good morning son.

Father – how are you son?

Son – I am completely, fine father. (by the way son is facing the worst situation in his life). How is the weather father?

Father – this year disaster my son. We have never faced such a hot weather in last forty year. Very hot. We are even not getting water properly. The water level has gone very below.

Son- oh my god, so much hot. Is other things are ok at home, father?

Father – yes son. It is ok, but?

Son – what but father?

Father – nothing son, just.

Son – father today you are looking sad, I can guess by tone. Is some thing happened at home? Are you worried about Meena   (my sister). Don’t worry father pass fail is game of God it always happens.

Father (avoiding to talk with the son, he don’t want to listen son’s lecture of sympathy) – son, now I am giving phone to your mother, let us talk to her.

Mother – heloo, hello,hello.

Son – good morning mother, how are you?

Mother – good morning, son, I am fine. Are you taking your lunch and dinner properly on time?

Son (lying) – yes, mother. Mother your tone of speaking is not so enthusiastic.

Is something happened at home? Why are you worried? Are you worried about Meena’s exam result? Don’t worry mother. Pass fail always occurs in the game of study.

Mother – not son we are not worried. But we were hoping for a good result. we worked so hard to provide everything to her. But at last we get failure.

Son – mother, do you go to the exam and write for her. No. you don’t know how much study is difficult is? I know I took the exam. You worked hard for her this does not mean that she will pass the exam. She did her work, pass fail is in the hand of God, why you worry mother. You say – you worked hard to prepare all the food for her, in the same way papa can say I provided her what ever money she needed, I can say I provided her what ever guidance she needed, the younger sister Reena can say she gave her so much affection for not be depressed during the preparation for exam. In this way every body can claim his share in his success. But when we hear about failure everybody is depressed, every body wants his share back, this is not good mother. You don’t have to worry so much.

Mother (avoiding son suggestion) – ok son, let you talk to father, I am giving phone to him.

Father – hello, hello, ok, then I am keeping the phone, we will talk later.

Son – father why are you trying to avoid me. Why you don’t want to talk me. Father doesn’t worry. She is fail, I know. That is not a big deal. She has interest in sketching Art, making drawing. Who says everybody has to read medical or engineering. See me what I am doing after getting all this engineering degree. She will take admission in some Art university and do well.

Father – yes, that’s a good idea. As, I have heard these days there are a lot of money in art too. See, these people at movie gives 600 hundred rupees for one poster. And one can make a lot of poster per day.

Son – father, why you always thinks in terms of money? Money is not every thing. I don’t need money at all. I can survive only on ten thousand rupees. What will you do with money? Money is not important at all.

Father (trying to avoid talking) – ok son, we already talking from last five minute, a lot of bill, let us talk some other time.

Son – don’t worry father. Everything will be ok. Why you worry pass fail. You have not sat in the exam, you are no one to be sad.

Father – yes, you say the right thing. We simply provide money for her education. Not more than that. And money can not give you success.

Son – yes father, don’t worry. Try to take care of your own life. What ever you want to do, Go ahead and do. Enjoy the life. It comes only once.

Father – yes son, you are right.

Lecturing all this, son disconnected the phone. Later in the evening when he talked to his another sister Reena then he found that she was also declared fail in the exam. Now son realized why his parents were so depressed in the morning. Son felt so bad about his lecture. It is very easy to give lecture.  

Dedicated to phone call

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