Two of lovely talks by Sri Sri i came across 🙂
Here’s a lovely read to you all 🙂
Responsibility … Power
A talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
A river needs two banks to flow. The difference between flood and a flowing river is that in the latter the water flows in a particular direction whereas in floods the water is muddled and has no direction. Similarly, in our life if the energy is not given a direction, it is all confusion. The life energy needs some direction to flow.
When you are happy, there is so much of life energy in you but when this life energy doesn’t know where to go, how to go, it gets stuck and rots! Just as water has to keep flowing, life has to keep moving. For life energy to move in a direction, commitment is essential. Life runs on commitment. A student takes admission in a school or college with a commitment. You go to a doctor with a commitment saying that you are going to take the medication or listen to whatever the doctor prescribes.
Banks work on commitment. Government works on commitment. Needless to say, a family runs on commitment: the mother is committed to the child, the child is committed to the parents, the husband is committed to the wife, and the wife is committed to the husband. Whether it is love or business or friendship or any area of life, there is commitment. What really irritates you is non-commitment. You expect some commitment from someone and when they don’t do it, you get upset. Or when someone doesn’t keep up his or her commitment, you get upset. But see how much commitment have you taken in your life?
Our capacity or capability is also proportionate to our commitment. If you are committed to taking care of your family, that much capacity you gain. If your commitment is to the community, you will get that much energy, joy, that much power. Greater the commitment you take, the greater the power you gain to fulfill that commitment. Smaller commitments suffocate you because you have more capacity, but you are stuck in a small hole!
When you have ten things to do and even if one thing goes wrong, you can keep doing the remaining things. But if you have only one thing to do and that goes wrong, then you are stuck with it. Usually, we think we should have resources and then we will commit ourselves. It is actually otherwise. Greater the commitment you take, greater the resources that will come to you automatically. When you have the intention to do something, resources simply flow as needed.
There is no growth in doing what you can do. Stretching a little beyond your capacity makes you grow. If you can take care of your company because it is within your capacity, there is nothing great about it. But if you stretch it little more and take commitment to take care of the whole town, then you gain that much more power. As you take on greater responsibility, your capability increases, your talents increase, your joy increases and you become one with the Divine force.
In whatever capacity you do something for society, for the environment, for the creation, that much you progress both materially and spiritually (value wise). The heart opens up with a feeling that you are part of everyone.
Jai Guru Dev!
Act without Expectation: It relaxes and rewards
A talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
It’s often believed that if people become spiritual and dispassionate about the outcome of their actions, they will stagnate; there will be no progress. In fact, the opposite is true. Creativity and enthusiasm can spring only when you are well rested; and you cannot rest if you are anxious about the outcome of your actions.
When we perform every action with an eye on the end result, we get lost in the end and don’t enjoy the means of getting to the end. But when we perform some actions as an expression of joy and do not bother about the result, the action itself brings fulfillment. When we act expecting joy, the action becomes inferior. For example, you want to spread happiness, but if you try to find out whether the other person has become happy, you get entangled in a vicious circle. In the process, you lose your happiness!
Anxiety about the outcome of your action is what pulls you down. At the beginning of a project if you start worrying, then your whole enthusiasm for the project gets dampened. When you are aware of your potential, just jump into action without bothering about the result. When you are in doubt, any activity you do will bring more doubts. When you have a choice, the grass on the other side will look greener and this prevents you from enjoying what you have in your hand. When you are bothered by a choice, relax.
The choice is never between good and bad; it’s always between bad and worse or good and better. Choices bring conflict and there is freedom in ‘choicelessness’. How can you be centred when there is conflict? There is a Chinese saying: that when you are in doubt, take a pillow and go to bed!
In Narada Bhakti Sutras, Narada says, “Karmanyapi Sanyasyati”. Take a break, not just from activity, but also from the fruit of the activity. It will bring deep rest from doubts and conflicts. One who is not concerned about the outcome and is centered on the action, goes beyond dualities, beyond conflicts. The wise one is beyond all actions. Yet he continues to engage himself in action. You can only let go of what you have. So to let go of the fruit of action, you need to have the fruit and to have the fruit, you need to act!
This is so beautiful. If you have never acted, then how can you drop either the action or the fruit of action. So be active. Keep doing your work, and drop the fruit of action. The fruit of action is there as the motivation for you to start acting. Krishna used the fruit of action to motivate Arjuna to fight. He told Arjuna that if you die in battle, you will attain heaven and if you win, you will rule the world. Jesus did the
same. When you are bogged down by laziness, you need motivation to do something and the expected fruit of action acts as the motivating factor.
But once you start acting, let go of the expected result. Just focus on the work on hand. This is the way of the wise!