Conversations with the Master
Common to all of His Holiness’s events are the celebration that his presence inspires and the questions – all over the world people from varying backgrounds and ages, ask His Holiness for answers to their questions – from the simple to the metaphysical.
Question: Meditation calms the mind. It feels good. But in our daily life we have to handle paying bills, parking tickets and other mundane things. How can we do this with the same calm mind without getting irritated or perturbed?
Sri Sri: You take a shower in the morning to clean your body. After that you do all the daily activities. You don’t have to keep on taking a shower throughout the day. It is like that. You meditate and calm your mind, then go on with other activities. It is not easy to keep yourself undisturbed but it will happen as you keep doing the practices
regularly. Then i t will become easy.
Question: If astrology is telling the life of a human being, is there any chance we could change our karma in this present life? Thank you for being with us.
Sri Sri: Definitely. Astrology Indicates. It just gives you a road map. That’s all. But there is freedom too.
Always consider the past as Destiny. If you think the past was free-will you become guilty, you become regretful, you become morose. You are very upset thinking of the past “Oh, I could have it done this way. I could have done it that way. I could have…could have..could have…” It is useless.
Past should be seen as destiny. Future should be seen as Free-Will. This is wisdom. Wise people do like that.
Otherwise, you get caught in regretting the past, and do nothing for the future.. You simply sit.
We must reverse this tendency. Just doing this one thing will help you to a great extent. Past whatever happened was destiny. Whatever happened happened – finished. And the future is upto you.
Question: I know that something inside of me is hurting me. But I don’t want to think about it. How can I resolve all this and be happy without thinking about it.
Sri Sri: You know when you feel hurt you feel very deep. That’s why if you feel some thing deep you also feel a little hurt inside that. In Deep love there is hurt.
It is an unavoidable mixture. Hmm.
That hurt and that deep love when you transcend them, then you go beyond the duality and peace dawns. Permanent Peace. And only spiritual awakening can bring of those that permanent peace.
Those who have been in the knowledge, on the path, for a long time, you know you don’t feel sad at all. It doesn’t touch. Some thing deep inside you becomes so strong so solid.
So when you are in the knowledge then you feel nothing really is touching me. I have many people asking me “Guruji Why I don’t feel upset over any thing now? ” They wonder, ” Is something wrong with me? I don’t feel the pain, the pinch of suffering of any pain. Someone close to me died and I don’t feel any thing. Something is wrong with me!”
These sort of questions arise. Those glimpses in life come when you go past that hurt and love.
But, first get out of this – “You hurt me. I hurt you. You did this wrong. I did this wrong. You didn’t look at me. You didn’t talk to me. You didn’t treat me well etc. etc…” All these accusations you should just get out of it.
Question: What is meaning of Jai Gurudev?
Sri Sri: ‘Jai’ means Victory, ‘Guru’ means the biggest, the greatest. ‘Dev’ is the big mind the higher self in you.
Sometimes your small self wins and some times your higher self wins. When the small self wins over you, you are miserable. But when the bigger self, the wisdom in you wins, then it gives you comfort, joy, peace and love. So may always the Big Mind in us win.
Jai Gurudev means let the greatness, biggest in me win over the small little chattering mind.
Question: Does our silence affect the world situation and the numerous conflict in it? Can silence heal not only individuals but societies on the edge of war or are already engaged in it? Yet Jesus said, I bring not peace, but a sword? At your service .
Sri Sri: You know, the world is a mystery. Of course, your silence, your meditation, definitely can bring peace and make a difference. But if some war has to happen, for the good of the world, it will happen.
So, in spite of your prayers, meditation and everything, the war happens, don’t be disturbed.
answers to your questions:
Afghanistan war happened. If it’s good for the people of Afghanistan, especially the women of Afghanistan. At least now, they are able to walk in the streets. People are able to have entertainment and music.
So sometimes, war is good, sometimes it is not good. Leave that judgment to the nature, to God.
From your side, you pray for the peace. You meditate, you do your silence and your wish can definitely bring peace.
You know, India and Pakistan were on the verge of war. It was sometime on Tuesday morning, they were going to have war. And we had a big Satsang. Sixty thousand people in Bangalore had a Satsang for world peace on Sunday. Something shifted Monday. Monday evening they changed their minds to war. Otherwise, there would have been a nuclear holocaust. The whole thing changed. The whole world…it was…all the embassy’s had taken people out of India, you know? But just in the nick of time, things changed.
So we just leave that part to the nature because nature is so vast, so unfathomable, you can not always try to gauge it. You know?
Question: Could you tell us why it is important to be vegetarian? Thank you.
Sri Sri: One reason I would say our system is made up for vegetarian food, is that we don’t have the type of teeth which carnivorous animals have. We have the same type of teeth that herbivorous animals have. And our immediate ancestor, monkey, is a vegetarian. Elephant is a vegetarian. Horse is a vegetarian. Cow is a vegetarian. Sheep is a vegetarian. Animals with that habitat, they are all vegetarians.
Horse. You know, we say horse power.
So, looking at all this in our system, if you look at it, it is best suitable for vegetarian food. There is a substance called talon that’s in the saliva, it’s present only in the animals which are vegetarian. And it is present in our saliva also, human saliva.
And second thing is the human intestine is so long, it takes a long intestine to digest the vegetarian food. So even in that angle, you see we have longest intestine. Six feet or more. So that also indicates our system is made for vegetarian.
Second thing, vegetarian food you can digest in two-three hours. Non-vegetarian food takes eight hours to digest. Sometimes even longer. So there are so many various such reasons.
Also, combination of food is important. Even among vegetarian, certain foods can make you a little dull. Here, to have more clear experience, we recommend vegetarian food. Because if you have non-vegetarian food, you may fall asleep, you will feel dull.
Because so much time and energy is consumed just to digest that food. So, in all these various angles, if you see vegetarian food is the best suitable for our system.
Easily digestible and quickly you can digest the food and be ready for the next meal. Otherwise, you eat breakfast and till dinner it is still digesting. And then we stuff more. It’s no good. Some combination of, even among vegetarian food, some combinations makes it hard to digest. The carbohydrate and milk products, sometimes can take a little longer to digest the food.