Your questions.. Sri Sri answers..
How can one conquer the ego?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The tendency of the ego is to say “I am not crazy, I am proper.
Ego is the biggest problem. Yet it is very easy to overcome. It is a one-day job. Just act like a crazy person. Can you do
that? For one day. Done! Make people believe you have gone completely crazy. It is the best antidote for ego.” If you
cannot do this, can you simply behave as a child for the rest of your life? No third option. Be a baby for the rest of your
life or a crazy person. Be one who has attained the essence. Apart from this, keep the ego. Don’t try to get rid of
it. Do this slowly. Otherwise it is impossible.
When people laugh at you, can you relax? When people point at you,
just relax. Smile and accept it. A mother has no ego. Whatever the children say, she accepts. If they kick , does the mother
get perturbed? If you are unperturbed, you have conquered the ego. Ego is just a feeling of having a wall between you and
others. There is no wall. You belong to me and I belong to you. You are accepted the way you are.
Naturalness is the
antidote for you. Be spontaneous! Ego cannot stand spontaneity. Ego wants to present everything properly and prepare beforehand.
Children are so spontaneous. They make mistakes. Never mind making mistakes. Just be like a child. Anybody can say anything
Another block we often have is to feel something is not practical. No need to practice anything. Our own
mind is saying it is not practical. We wanted 2,000 Hindustani classical musicians to perform together. Every teacher said
it was impossible. A choir in India! It is not like here with so many people and that many styles. They have their own octaves.
We had a program called Antarnaad. You should see it on Youtube. There were 2,750 singers. Only one day of practice! Make
the impossible possible. We should remove the block in our own mind. Top musicians were spellbound at the Antarnaad event.
Deep rest is bliss, and bliss is the understanding
that only God exists. Knowing that only God exists is the deepest rest possible.
This conviction or experience that "only
God exists" is Samadhi. Samadhi is the mother of all talents, strengths and virtues. Samadhi is needed even for the most materialistic
person because a materialistic person looks to gain strength and virtues. To be in Samadhi you do not need any effort or talents,
strengths or virtues.
Withdrawing from all types of physical and mental activity is rest. That is in-built in our system
as sleep, and sleep is the best friend of activity. Samadhi is a conscious rest. Samadhi is the best friend of life. To be
alive in your full potential, Samadhi is indispensable.
- Sri Sri