Q: What do you mean by cosmology?
Sri Sri:Cosmology is understanding the universe and your life in the context of the vastness of the universe. See how many billions of years have passed and whats our life rate, 80, 90, 100, 120 years? Nothing! In this vast space where are we? You know? Seeing the life in the context of the creation, a shift in consciousness awareness takes place.
And one of the scriptures in ancient India, vigyab pariab that means the signs of consciousness, there are many methods told, in 112 ways. One of the ways is to observe the sky on a clear day, and let go, and relax. And when the mind, wherever it goes, attention goes, thats what it assumes. So when the mind is on the clear space, the mind assumes, and the mind gets quieter, and it assumes that space.
Then it goes on to say there are three spaces, One is the butakash which is the physical space; and chita, the mind in which the thoughts flow, is the mental space; and chidrakash, the space of consciousness which is final. So go from one space to another, then to another, and then to the inner most space, the chidrakash, the space of consciousness.
People are not just entities; everybody is a wave function, a wavelength. For laymen, I give the example of a television. On the BBC, you can see BBC within a television box but the BBC waves are not just always in the television box, its all over the room. Isnt it? CNN waves, the radio waves are present in the entire room, entire world, but you are able to perceive it though that little box, all these are boxes to bring out different wavelengths. And those wavelengths have names and forms called chidrakash, the space, so we are all space.
The highest knowledge is to realize who you really are? Ask a question to yourself, who are you? What do you get immediately? Close your eyes and ask, Who am I? You will get no answer, you will get space, and that is what you are.
Q: How do we get ourselves into that space?
Sri Sri: Coming to the present moment and meditation will help you there. Great help, this meditation. Meditating in group will help. Group meditation, several of you sitting a few minutes in meditation and kriya. Of course time is the biggest healer, as time passes everything changes, but the more centered you are, the more sharp you are, the more intelligent you are, you see the light that the whole past is a dream, every phenomenon is a dream.
Right now as I am speaking, see what time you came here? 11:30?, 11:15? You parked the car, you came in, and before that you did something. Isnt it all like a dream? This morning you woke up. Right now think about it. Wasn’t it like a dream? It wasn’t more than a dream, because it was a memory and an impression. Dream is also an impression.
Whatever you remember at any point of time is all memories and memories are nothing but a dream. And dream is nothing but an impression, a moment. That moment that is already in the consciousness. See the whole past as a dream.
Now we are sitting; could this be a dream? How are you sure this is a reality? This could be a dream. Then, in the future, in another 10 years, 20 years, you will be doing many things; all like a dream and it will all pass. Suddenly the space within us starts opening up. Heightened awareness starts happening. You see another dimension of life.
Oh! So thats why I say 2 things, one is so hum and the other is so what. And you say oh what? You let go of the past, if that doesnt work, then so hum… so hum… so hum… breathing definitely works.
Q:Is intuition the complimentary aspect of the intellect?
Sri Sri:Definitely, intellect. When you become quiet, what happens? You dont lose your intellect; the intellect becomes very sharp; because your attention span has increased. A basic problem is having bombarded with thoughts and stimulus. Attention and retention is not there. Today kids here and everywhere else in the world have this problem, attention deficiency syndrome, because they cant attend to things. You see I have been speaking for 1 hour, hardly one can retain 4, 10, 15 minutes attention span they use… it happens at schools and college, dont you agree with me?
Comment: We see it here too.
So attention span and retention ability. Whatever you hear, you perceive, are you able to retain within you? Retain in your mind? For this, the tension-free mind and the nervous system, we need to train and culture it in such a way. Its so sensitive, it perceives things.
So outcome of our meditation or self development techniques must be number one, which should increase our perceptual ability and then it should help us in expressing ourselves better. So how much it does depends on individuals and how we use it. One thing is, getting rid of stress and other is seeing that stress doesnt enter our system. For that we need a change in our attitude towards things happening around us.
You know? How we are able to take heat, with a sense of humor, with a sense of ease, and with confidence. You can avoid any situation which will cause you tension. These are like the barricades you create so that the tension doesnt enter your mind and bother you.
Its impossible not to have tension, because some other tension will come. I was late to get here as I had to wait there a few minutes because of the security. They saw that my ID name and the name in the list matched. However the picture wasnt matching. I said never mind You know, I was getting late here, but they had to do their work. So there is no point in getting upset. I was getting late; I had to rush and run. Now just take it easy. You know?
So, there are people around you. When you get tensed, the people around you will get tensed too. And then the whole thing becomes much tensed at mass. So, that ease with which you are able to handle your environment, your situation around you, is what I would call, full potential of yours. When you are in touch with your full potential, nothing whatsoever can shake you- you have the smile, and you have the confidence.
When a disaster happens what do you do? You know that I had sent a few doctors and a few Art of Living teachers to Iraq to help them with post traumatic stress problems of women and children, who are being given steroids and all these medications, who cannot sleep. A lot of disaster management. We had been sent to Croatia and Slovenia. Whenever there is a problem like war, after that, our volunteers go in and help. So when the Red Cross people left that place, our volunteers were still there. They were so calm. People asked them, all the NGOs left, arent you scared? Are you not afraid? Are you not worried? They said, No, we are here, to save people in trauma and to give stress-relief.
If we are stressed ourselves, then how can we help someone else to get rid of stress? The volunteers were very much appreciated and they still continue to work. Over thousand kids and women were treated with breathing exercises. And people felt very good, so good, and much, much relieved of the problems. So that inner confidence, we need to get, that would help. Anything else?