27 March, 2012

Fall in love with your own self

Q: Dearest Guruji, I fall in love with everything including myself whenever I come here and whenever I meet you.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: That is what it is all about - to fall in love with one's Self. And what is this Self? 'Who am I? I am not a tiny being bound in this body, I am magnanimous, omnipresent.
Lord Krishna also says the same, 'Avajaananti mam mudha', these foolish people think of me as this human body. I am not the body, I am the infinite consciousness; I am bliss.
Once we meet our Self, then life’s purpose has been achieved, that is all it is.
This is what it means to come close to the Guru. Guru is a mirror, a reflection to make you meet the Self. And there is no difference between you and me because we are all made up of one thing, one element and that is consciousness.
This is what Lord Buddha said and Krishna also said.

Accept: ‘Ok, I am going to fail. So what? I still want to do it.’ It's like a game you play, whether you win or lose, you play the game. Correct? If you are playing soccer, you just play, no matter if you win or lose, you just play. In the same way, don’t be afraid of failure. If you fail, never mind, still do it. Ok? You need to take some risks in life - Sri Sri

How to deal with Anxiety

Today many are anxious about how to deal with their anxiety!

Here are some of the ways you can manage your anxiety:

Sing, dance and celebrate. The very intention to celebrate will pull you away from anxiety to a more harmonious state.
Think about what you can do for others rather than just about yourself. Energize yourself with some service activity.
Combined practice of yoga, breathing and meditation.
Know the impermanence of the world.
Having faith and surrendering to the Divine and knowing that there is a supreme power who loves you. The supreme power is behind you and accepts you totally. The sense of security comes with the sense of belongingness.
Valour/courage: Invoking the lion within you and having an attitude of sacrifice will rescue you from anxiety.
Reminding yourself that you are committed to a greater goal will keep the anxiety away.
Being unpredictable for a while. Anxiety is always related to some anticipated action. Do something completely irrelevant and unpredictable.
Readiness to face the worst will leave you with stability in the mind.
Remembering a similar situation in the past when you were able to overcome your anxiety.

H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.