Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Q:  Dear Gurudev, is astrology always true?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:Astrology is a road map only. What you are sitting here for, meditation and spirituality, is one step higher than astrology. Spirituality has the power to bestow and grant wishes. Astrology only predicts what might happen, not what will happen.

Q:  Dear Gurudev, yesterday you said that Shiva is formless, but we have heard stories of Shiva and Parvati in their physical form.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:It is not their physical form, it is the subtle form. In the subtle dimension there are many manifestations.
It is one energy; that energy becomes light and in light there are different colors. Yet all these colors are only light and light simply means energy.

Understand it like this. There is electricity which is energy, and it is unmanifest. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, you can’t experience it; nobody can. Yet, when it becomes light, you can experience it.
In the same way, it is one parabrahma (divinity), manifested as Shiva and Shakti, and then there is dialogue. These are all subtle phenomena. Simply remember this: all in one and one in all.

Q:  My daughter has married a boy from another religion. My wife holds me responsible for this, since it was my idea to send her for further studies. How is this my fault, what position do I take and how do I get out of all this?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:Everyone has to get out of here, some day. Until one leaves, keep smiling, keep good relations and give love to everyone. Make everyone happy.

Tell your daughter not to leave her religion. She should continue to have faith in her religion and also have respect for the other religion. Explain to her that she should sit with her mother and respect her too.

Pujas, especially Durga puja have a lot of significance for Bengalis. Tell her to come home especially for puja holidays. Lay that down as a condition for her. Many times, when people get married into other religions, they are told to drop their own religions and not celebrate their festivals or follow their rituals; then there is a breakdown in the relationship between both the families. Tell your daughter to celebrate their festival too, and come home for her own celebrations.

Daughters should be able to have their say. Daughters should not live like slaves. In love, there is co-partnering, not slavery or bondage.

Q:  Gurudev, do you have a plan for every devotee? Do you really have a plan for me as well?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:Absolutely! Just be on the track; keep smiling and serving. And you have choices as well. Whatever you choose, with a broader, long-term vision, I am with you for that.

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