Thursday, August 26, 2010

Evaluate your Sattva-Rajas-Tamas

During a very casual chat over dinner with Yogesh, I realized that its easy to get a peek into your mind by switching on the TV!!??

If no channel interests you and yet you lazily keep watching and the angle made by your back with your thighs keeps increasing :-) you are in a state of TAMAS.

If you find more than 2 channels (entertainment ones) interesting and keep switching between them every few minutes, its RAJAS; if every few seconds then its very high RAJAS.

If you are watching an Ekta Kapoor production with a smile on your face, its SATTVA. No matter what channel you are watching, if someone comes and changes the channel or switches the TV off and you still continue smiling, its very high SATTVA.

So the idiot box after all is not so much of an idiot, it can be used as a Sattva-Meter

So go ahead and experiment :-)


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bondage that Liberates - RAKSHA BANDHAN

This full moon is dedicated to the seers - the rishis. It is also called the Raksha Bandhan.

Bandhan means bondage, and raksha means protection.

A bondage that protects you - Your bondage to the knowledge, to the master, to the truth, to The Self, all save you.

A Rope Can Be Tied To Either Protect Or Strangle You.

The Small Mind and Mundane Things can strangle you.

The big mind or knowledge saves you. Raksha Bandhan is that bondage that saves you.

You are bound by your bondage to the satsang, your bondage to the master, to the truth, to the ancient knowledge of the rishis, and that is your savior.

Bonding is essential in life. And let the bonding be divine in a life free from bondage.

- Raksha Bandhan message by Sri Sri, Copenhagen, Denmark, 20 Aug, 1997

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sri Sri : You don’t need to drink Pepsi or Coke if you don’t feel it’s good for you

30 July 2010, France 

Q: Because I travel a lot to places where vegetarian food is hard to find, and I have to eat with office colleagues. I eat wrong foods and find energy is really low. What to do in such situations?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
 You know when people have some allergies, they don’t eat those foods for which they have allergies just because of company. Suppose you have milk allergy, and because the company is all drinking tea and milk, you’ll not say, ‘Ok, I’ll also drink.’ Because you’ll suffer. Right? 

So similarly, you can choose your food in any company, you can say, ‘Ok. I am going to eat only chips, or vegetables, or bread..’ You are not compelled to eat non-veg if you don’t want to. Ok? Or unhealthy food. You don’t need to drink Pepsi or Coke if you don’t feel it’s good for you. Right? See, when people drink lots of Pepsi and Coke, it burns the lining of the stomach and the intestine. 

Later on you develop so many problems. All these carbonated drinks should be avoided. Someone had demonstrated, in a cup of Pepsi they put a tooth, a tooth which had fallen, and it dissolves! If teeth can dissolve (which stay for a long time in nature) in Pepsi Cola then.. It is so corrosive. And that corrosive fluid can cause so much damage to our intestine, our brain, our nerve cells. So, we must keep healthy eating habits and propagate them. 

Today is much better than 30 years ago. 30 years ago, when we started, people were very allergic to vegetarianism and spirituality. But today, it has become a fashion. Because we make a trend. And we create a trend and keep it moving. 

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