No customer reviews yet. While these talks often discuss the state of the world at the time they were written, because they discuss human life on the most basic levels - love, hatred, trust, peace, silence, happiness, they are still valuable today. Sri Sri avoids lengthy discussions about the deeper philosophy of life, yet his talks reflect these values to their very core. From this Book: "We attach meaning to words and we distort them, too. It indicates a clean brain, a clean mind, but it is used in a derogatory manner.

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The festival was designed to bring the focus onto the literary heritage of the city and to transform Bangalore into the hub of Indian Literature. The event honoured the creative spirit of the city while providing a common platform for interaction between the finest literary brains in the world of literature; both within and outside India.

It is nice to be here with you in this literary festival. Literature and spirituality have a long relationship. If spirituality is alive today on this planet, it is because of literature. Most of the literature that is prevalent, read and practiced, at least in this country, has some spiritual connection. Again, what is spirituality?

Is it something out there, or is it something practical? I would say that anything that uplifts the spirit is spirituality. In the sense that, every literature that uplifts you, brings a smile on your face, gives you that much needed relaxation, or some confidence when things are crumbling, or some faith when all is shaken and lacking, I would call it spirituality. In fact, I would say that all poems come from that space which I call spiritual.

It all comes from an inner spiritual plane, or the intuitive awareness. The book, An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker, is an outcome of dialogues that I would have with a group of youth, every Wednesday, for seven years. We would ask each other some questions, discuss some topics, churn an intellectual debate, and with whatever came up, we would make a knowledge sheet from it. When we debate on our experiences, something very beautiful comes out of it.

So, debate is definitely a part of literature, and spirituality. A deep sense of fulfillment and satisfaction is the sign of a spiritual experience. In the Art of Living, we take the help of the breath since the breath and mind are closely linked to bring that much needed relaxation for the body and mind. So if you are a writer, when you sit to write, do some breathing exercises and relax. You will see that suddenly the Gyana Nadi, as it is called in Yogic Science, i.

So, spirituality is very useful for writers to be innovative, intuitive and creative. A few minutes of deep silence can enhance our ability to express ourselves much better. Can you observe what is happening to you right now?

Can you read in between the words? Can you feel something is settling down in the mind? The rat race that is happening with our thoughts, when it slows down, something wonderful starts happening within ourselves. Writers usually prefer to be with nature. Do you know what really happens when you are with nature; be it at the seaside, or the mountainside, or in the garden?

Something slows down within. That is when your entropy goes down, and creativity comes up. When you sit and write something early in the morning, you feel much better because of the atmosphere or the ambience that is around you.

We can calm this mind just by attending to our breath. When I started writing in , I was 16 years old. We were surrounded by people of eminence who inspired us to do something. Instead; you go and watch some paintings. I would suggest that they read books, so they can paint well. Whatever it is that you want to say, has already been said and done. They have written about things that many of us have experienced. Literature plays such an important role in instilling common sense in people.

We have seen what has happened in China and many other parts of the world. It is all through literature that a set of ideology was imposed, and a large population has suffered; millions of people have died by adhering to those parts.

Chhattisgarh, a place I am to visit today, is an area afflicted by Naxalite activities. It also has its own literature.

He went and acquired the kingdom with his strength; so we have to work on our own strength. This sort of brain-washing or infusing of an ideology towards violence has happened on the planet. On the contrary, the same has happened with peace also; the writings of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and many others are based on peace, perseverance, patience and spreading love, which is far more essential today.

Literature can lead people astray from peace, and it can also bring them peace. It can create a sense of anger and frustration, or a sense of belongingness and love. We all know this. Life is very complex and it can be complete only when it has all the aspects.

Any literature should have a little bit of sarcasm, skepticism, thrill, something for people to ponder on rather than give them everything on a platter. People should come up with their own ideas. Individuality should grow in literature. It is my opinion that literature should lead people to individuality rather than mass hysteria or an idea. It should allow people to think for themselves, to come up with creativity, to come up with their own ideas, and at the same time, honor the universal human values.

To the sincere seekers, I would like to give them a note, seek the highest! Seek life beyond what it appears to be, beyond the perception of our five senses. Look into the mystical aspect of life, which is prevalent in every one of us.

Ask yourself, who am I? What am I doing? What do I want? What is this universe about? What is all this about? This enquiry within you makes you a seeker. Every literate person, I feel, should be a seeker. Seeking should not end. Seeking begins in life at a very early age.

Putting attention on these faculties that we have been bestowed with - the mind, intellect, memory, ego, and something beyond, from where thoughts come will make our life so much richer. Prejudice should be done away with.

An open minded approach to any field, I feel, is real common sense. Should I write stories for the commercial market or should I stay faithful to my own art, write what I deeply feel about, which possibly may not sell?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Why do you have to choose between these two? Write for commercial purposes, and write something that is very immortal, to go for times to come.

Ans: But Gurudev, I have an identity. Either I hold on to my identity, or have two identities. You can have more than one identity. Why do you want to be stuck with one identity? You can do this and that. I feel there is no conflict. Gurudev, what is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Knowledge is what is up in your head, and wisdom is what is in your life; that which has come as your experience is wisdom. Knowledge is what you have heard and acquired by reading and listening.

Knowledge is like reading the menu, and wisdom is having eaten that! Spirituality is the need of our country. The reality is that it is limited to the rich, and the ones who can afford it. What should be done so that every common person who may not financially be able afford it, gets to experience it?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Spirituality has nothing to do with money; absolutely not! Poor people can benefit from spirituality as much as the rich people. In fact, we are doing programs in so many villages, nearly 40, villages in the country, and in slum areas. When poor people take to spirituality, they really take it sincerely.

They get out of the habits of drinking alcohol, and drug abuse. We have also conducted programs in jails. So, I do not agree that spirituality is only for the elite or rich people, it is for everybody.

If they have to pay something, then rich people go. Then they think there is something to get out of it. This is the psychology of the rich people. Gurudev, over a period of time, there have been various emotions that have brought forth great literature, but those have been of negative emotions, like pain and longing and it does not feel apt.

I feel one can go into greater levels of the positive side. How can I use both?


An Intimate Note To The Sincere Seeker






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