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smiling through

In from the Heart on 17/12/2008 at 20:17

Smiling Through

It was during Guru Poornima 2006 – my first and only so far – with Guruji . In a huge hall at the San Matep Expo Center, CA. We were all participants in the “Yoga and Meditation Seminar” (also called PDS in India), being led by none other than Sri Sri Ravishankar.

About 300 of us were twisted like pretzels in a difficult pose – grunting, sweating and breathing at the same time, when Guruji’s soft ethereal voice wafted over the microphone “Smiling In a Difficult Pose Is Yoga” .

Boom..crash…flash of lightning…the whole town visible from a hilltop…..Aho !

Suddenly it was so clear what He was saying – If you can smile through tough times in life, you have attained that state called Yoga. This was the MOST amazing definition of Yoga I had ever heard in my life.

The essence of the Bhagavad Gita says the same thing. Krishna exorts Arjuna to fire the arrow, but from a state of calmness. In the midst of what would have been a world war in those days, when Arjuna was in the most tumultous of times in his life, Krishna asked him to be centered and do his duty – no matter how difficult.

Guruji says this very directly too – The sign of success is your SMILE.

Ah – that elusive SMILE 🙂 🙂 . Every week, at Long Kriya, the teacher asks us to do the same thing again and again – S M I L E. At times I feel like…Grr…just get on with the pranayams already, but its clear that the goal of Art Of Living is not just to teach folks a few asanas and breathing techniques – it is to bring back that lost smile on people’s faces.

Especially on faces like mine that look perenially like 😦 .

And this smile has to be from within – not the polite smile that masks the agony from within – not the “Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho, Kya Gam Hai Jisko Chupa Rahe Ho” Smile, but the SMILE of the BEING ! The SMILE that shines through the clouds of darkness, misery, desires, failures, setbacks. The SMILE that makes others forget that they are in misery .

And after all who is not subject to miserable events ? Krishna had his uncle plotting his murder before he was even born and was hounded by him for years. Guruji’s own mother Amma fell a victim to cancer when Guruji was about to address thousands at a satsang hundreds of miles away. Buddha had to leave his family and kingdom and walk away to attain nirvana. Jesus was nailed to the cross for showing people the path of love. The difference between these noble souls and us : The SMILE never went away even in these tough situations. These situations were just events to them, not problems.

When Will I really SMILE ? Well until then as they say in the Art Of Living “Fake It Till You Make It” !!

” You sell you happiness for peanuts! You sell your smile for pennies! I tell you, it’s not worth it. The entire world is not worth your smile. Even if you are made the king or the emperor of the world, it’s not worth giving away your smile. “ – Sri Sri Ravishankar

Oh Gurudev, you have so much to give – am I ready to receive ? How much will I receive in this lifetime ? The Yoga Vasishta says “Self Effort” .

by Random Reflections

SriSri’s discourse – Dec 24, 2007 Bangalore Ashram

In Knowledge digest on 13/03/2008 at 17:36

24th December 2007

Bangalore Ashram

Guruji conducted moonlight meditation… followed by the question and answer session.

Question: Guruji logically there is no reason to be happy. But happy state of mind doesn’t follow any logic. Is happiness related to logic?
Guruji: (laughter) The whole exercise in life is to balance the head and the heart. When you are too much into head, you should just let go, and relax, sing and dance. You know your sleep is a gift to you. Do you know that? During sleep the mind gets so much of rest! But meditation is the ultimate rest to your mind.

Question: Guruji, life was becoming weaker and weaker everyday. Then one day you came. You charged up with so much of love and blessings. What is the guarantee that it is going to stay for ever?
Guruji: (laughter) It’s a life time guarantee. For many life times. Here you know, the charge never finishes. Its not a disposable cell, what you call it?!!? The sun the moon the starts don’t finish. Do they finish? When Lord Krishna said, “I am the sun the moon, the light in the sun… “, people did not understand! The mind is like the rays of the moon. The whole world is made up of one energy. I recently heard something; someone was telling that Einstein had said that, “If you have not studied physics you lose out something, but if you have not studied spirituality you loose out on everything”. I totally agree with that. Many are surprised to hear that, but I was not!

Question: Guruji, often I don’t realize how seva is happening and sometimes I think I am doing it. Who is it actually who does?
Guruji: Who is the one who is observing? When you focus on that you will know that. First the eyes are seeing, then the mind, then the intellect, go on with this … and you will see that there is nothing! That’s why Lord Buddha said “Anaatma”. He said, “I could not find the self anywhere, though I searched and searched”. Then Lord Shankaracharya came and said, “Its all Maya” temporary”. Then he said, “Who is the one who could not find? That is the one”!! He totally turned around the whole picture to a new dimension with a new sentence! You are the one and you are never away from the self! That’s why we do, “I am”.. Have you done the “I am” process today? Advance course… During the process you must had several pleasant and unpleasant experience. Its ok.. huh…they come and go, what remains is the self.

Question: Guruji how can I eliminate conflict with my wife. I want to make her happy at the same time cannot agree to everything she says. Can you help?
Guruji: Why do you want a bland life? (laughter) Life should be spicy, interesting. Its absolutely ok to fight! You just tell yourself, today let her scream, I am not going to get angry on her!! You stand like a rock and keep smiling!! See how things turn around! Just one day you do that, and you will see you are so potent to end a conflict or may be begin a new one!! (laughter)!!

Question: Guruji why are there so many spiritual institutions? Do we need so many? Why cannot people follow one institution?
Guruji: No come on… You never ask why are there so many cinema halls? You never
ask why are there so many shops, so many restaurants, so many parties?!!? Why do we wear so many different types of cloths!??!?! This question is not relevant at all. There are so many avenues to bring the knowledge. So many different methods to are there to get to the knowledge. Only the Zihadis say such things. We want only one thing! Only one way! Well things may not be the way you want it, but let me tell you they all have their own importance. Rig Veda said something beautiful. It said for those who don’t believe in him, he is there for them also!! Swami Vivekananda came, he found an institution. Then Rishi Aurobindo came he formed another institution…. We have take up a different way through yoga and meditation…There is no conflict withone another! There is one common thing I think in all and that is meditation.

Question: Guruji I got your blessings today, how long will the blessings last?
Guruji: (Laughter) depends on what you are going to use it for. I am ready to give you a blank cheque. But what will you use it for!??!

Question: Guruji give me bhahma gyan?
Guruji: I am ready to give you and that’s what is what you are doing here. Relax and let go. Become hollow and empty. And only when you are hollow and empty you are ready to take it.

Question: How different are you from mother and father?
Guruji: I don’t want to get into this conflict. How different am I or how similar am I! You find out all that! Some people find both… so you figure that out.

Question: Guruji what is the best way to serve the society as a future doctor?
Guruji: You know you should keep this question. This is a very good question. How best can I contribute to my society!! But don’t try to do something which is not required! (Laughter!!) Have you heard the story of the scout boys? I think I have told it to you before. Ok…ok I’ll repeat! There were three scout boys. One day they were given a task to do some service. So they went on the road and were wondering what seva to do?!?! Meantime one of them saw a old lady who was standing across the road. The scout boy came upto her ands asked “Would you like to cross the road?” The old lady said, “No thank you”. The scout boy insisted her that she should cross the road! Finally he forced her to cross the road. Meantime the other boy who saw that came running and said, “I am going to drop her back from where she came” which means the other side of the road. So he forced the old lady to cross the road again. The third boy came running and said “Well I cannot loose out of seva”. So he got the old lady to cross the road again!!! (Laughter!!) We have to bring people to knowledge and spirituality and meditation.

Question: Is there a way to handle success without conflict?
Guruji: Yes… yes. You can handle success without any conflict. Because the concept of conflict is there in your own mind. If your mind is free there is no conflict at all!! That’s why in Narada Bhakti Sutra it is said, “aatmarata virodhite”… Rejoice in the self without conflict, and that’s is real devotion.

In Service,

Smita Roy (From Ashram)