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Q: (A member of the audience asked a question and it was inaudible)
Sri Sri: Yes. In Ashram everyone is needed, you can definitely do Seva. Whoever wishes to do Seva in the Ashram, come and talk to the Seva administrator and say how many months, one month or two months or how many days you can stay and work and they will arrange it for you.

Q: Jai Gurudev this Rudra puja and Devipuja being done in the Ashram, what is the benefit of this?

Sri Sri: When the pooja is being done do you feel well and happy? Do you feel it is very nice? (Ans – Yes) That is it; that is the intention to bring out the benevolent energy that is present. What is the use of meditation? When we meditate the energy that is present inside us wakes up. Where is that energy? In the base of the body (Kunda), this Kundalini energy rises up. Where ever puja is being performed this kundalini energy spreads and takes a benevolent form when you perform puja. That is why you do the puja.

Q: (A member of the audience asked a question and it was inaudible)

Sri Sri: Good question. See in this world highest yield of cotton was in this country. In the entire world India is the highest producer of wheat. Our country is the highest producer of milk in the entire world. We are much advanced in growing vegetables. Despite this in our country the farmers are not getting the proper value for their production. What is the reason for this? There is no proper distribution of produce. One can say that the reason for this is the Minister for Agriculture and Farming in the central Government. We are importing sugar at Rs.32 per kilo and exporting sugar at Rs.12 per kilo. This type of corruption is taking place in our country and we are sitting with closed eyes. Is it right you ask yourselves? This is not right. Is it not? That is why we want the Lokpal bill to come up. Even with that they have to do it properly for it to bring results. See if you continue to fight for this it will happen. Some positive results will come. Some time we’ll succeed. We will get positive results. Winning and losing are a normal process. That is not a big deal.

Q: Guruji, how should one become an ideal (not idol!) husband or wife?

Sri Sri: Idol husband and wife are Lord Ram and Sita and they are in the temple. I am inexperienced in answering this question. I can only provide an answer to a question in which I have experience. But on the basis of what I have heard from people, I can say that a wife should never hurt the ego of her husband. It may be that the husband is not using his intellect and the wife is thinking, ‘oh he is so stupid!’ Instead she should say, ‘the world might consider you stupid, but I know how intelligent you are. You are the most capable person in this world.’ This is how you should flatter your husband. This is what wives have to do. The moment the husband enters the home, shower him with praise, strengthen his ego. Now a secret for men never hurt the feelings of your wife. A wife is sentimental. It is possible that she may complain about her parents, but you should never join in. You should stay quiet. Who knows when she might switch sides, and you will be stuck in the middle. It can be very dangerous. You need to be safe. Never say anything about the in-laws. Your wife may complain, but you should never say anything. Secondly, if she needs to go for satsang, shopping or to the temple, never stop her. Don’t ask her why she goes to shop every day. Just give her your credit card. Then there will be peace at home.

Q: Guruji is there some project with us to link the rivers?

Sri Sri: Our scientists have prepared this project to link the rivers. But our Government may not have the time to implement the project. Whether they have the will to implement the project or not is another question? If people like you come forward and press this issue it might get implemented.

 Q: (A member of the audience asked a question and it was inaudible)

Sri Sri: God is present in every one. Not only in Rama. Don’t think God is present only in Rama .God is present in you and in me.

Q: Guruji, how do you find an ideal Guru in the physical form?
Sri Sri: I have no idea! Ideal disciple I can say but I don’t know what an ideal Guru is. Ideal disciple is one who does sadhana, seva and satsang, and does not dig wells in several different places and does not engage in spiritual shopping. One who honours everyone, and stays in knowledge. Guru is one who does not want anything for himself, one who shows the path to anyone he meets.

I was reading Osho. Some where he says the same thing. Very true. Guru is not idle. it is the disciple that is idle. It is totally one way traffic.

Q: Why are there so many Gods with us?

Sri Sri: God is one but the names are many, forms are many. Shiva –Shakti both are one. Ardhanarishwara, Both are one. Hari hara is not two it is just one. Half is Hara and the other half is Hari. Half woman and half man: ardhanaarishwara. Everything is one, God is one but names are many. There is only one God ‘Bhagavanta’.

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Q: Guruji, my thoughts and dreams are mixing up, and not so good ones. What to do?
Sri Sri: Never mind! Clouds come and some are dark clouds and some are light clouds, so what! They come and they go, you carry on.

Q: Guruji, I have learnt the principle, ‘accpet people and situations the way they are’, but I am not able to apply it in all my situations.
Sri Sri: No, see! When you learn this principle you don’t have to apply everything immediately. You will see automatically this will start getting translated. Yes, impact will be there. You know, if you are getting upset, the mind will say, ‘Accept the situations’ and you will become calm. There will be a tape recorder inside you, a program inside you which will help you to become really stable and happy.

Q: Guruji, why, in this new age have relationships changed so much that to find love, people have to believe in Romeo and Juliet? Has love changed or have we changed so that we cannot understand love anymore?

Sri Sri: Listen, one thing is constant in this planet that is change! Change keeps happening in every field. So, accept the changes and know that there is something that is not changing deep inside you. Everything changes, but inside us there is an element that does not change. Just know this and accept all the changes. Okay!

personally I feel love never changes.
Q: (A member of the audience asked a question and it was audible)

Sri Sri: See love is not an emotion; it is just your state of being. So you don’t have to be wiggly, wiggly, goody, goody in order to be in love. You can be very straight-forward, strict, to-the-point and gentle and caring. So you don’t have to worry that this is not there in the corporate field. Suppose, you are a corporate person, someone treats you like a machine. Would you like it? No! After all you are a human being and you would like to be treated like a human being, right? So we think, ‘Since I am in corporate, I must treat everybody like machine. No, no, competitiveness is good. Let it be there. You see what I am saying?

Q: Guruji, which do we attend to first, the mind or the body?

Sri Sri: Okay between ears and eyes, which should be used first? When watching television, do you use both simultaneously or one after the other? It is not as though we decide, ‘I will watch first, then I will listen.’ Similarly, we will need to attend to both body and mind.

Q: (A member of the audience asked a question and it was audible)

Sri Sri: ‘Swaastika’ symbolizes the cycle. ‘Swaastha’ means established in the Self. ‘Swaastika’ means that which is healthy for humanity; that which contains all the four aspects that puts you into yourself, ‘Dharma (righteousness), Artha (desires), Kaama(means), Moksha(liberation).’ Unfortunately, ‘Swaastika’ symbol was taken by Hitler. He put it upside down. ‘Swaastika’ represents peace actually, but when he put the whole thing upside down, it became war; the reverse. That’s how it is! Time passes very fast when we are happy and it seems to be going very slow when we are unhappy and when we have to wait for somebody, right? So mind and time are connected.

Q: How to enhance the memory power in children?
Sri Sri: To increase the power of memory in children, do not allow them to watch television for a long time; not more than one hour a day. That is the first, secondly there are some special ayurvedic preparations which are prescribed for enhancing the memory this can be given to them. Then thirdly you must teach them pranayama, yogasanas and a little meditation.

Q: Guruji, should one keep on trusting the ones who have betrayed you? How many second chances does one give? What is the difference between acceptance and forgiveness?

Sri Sri: Forgiveness is from the heart, it is an emotional one. Acceptance is from the mind, from the head. So both are essential, you accept and you forgive. If you don’t forgive you will suffer with all the emotional heavy load of garbage inside you. If you don’t accept your mind gets all agitated.

Q: Jai Gurudev. Recently I visited Kolkata after 8 years and when I visited the State house (Purabhawana) according to the statement by the government, there are 32 lakhs of Bangladeshis’ in the city itself. In Kashmir, in our own country we are refugees. In the south in several districts the so called majority have become the minority. And then only one community the governments rules are applied. Until now according to my knowledge the so called majority communities have neither troubled nor thrown a stone at any other community. Despite this only one community has to follow all the rules of the Government. We are reducing in populations. What is the cure for this? How to change this?

Sri Sri: To cure this you need unity. We are not united. If everyone come together and engages in constructive work, then it is possible. Then we must take pride in our culture. We do not show respect, we do not meditate. There is nobody to study our scriptures. You just go to the temple and break a coconut as a blind ritual and get back home. One should go and sit and meditate in the temple and listen to the spiritual talks there. Ask yourselves how many children have been taught this. How many children have learnt Gita? No child knows about Bhagavad-Gita. So people like you should come in the front and start the work. To induce people to acquire knowledge and meditation should be done. This will unite people. You will see what a great energy it will bring about. Did you all see the Berlin festival? How many of you saw this festival of our 30 years celebration in Berlin. How many of you saw it? If you have not seen it see it in the Youtube . Yes I will tell them to show once again in the Kannada channel after translating the talks in Kannada. Crops are failing. The direction in which the country is going is not alright. For all this there will be a big revolution, be brave.

Q: Guruji, how to handle parents? Even after becoming a YES+ teacher, I still find it difficult. I have taken them to Seva and Rudra Pooja, but my dad tends to oppose everything. Please help!
Sri Sri: Thank him because he is increasing your patience.

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