Like mobile networks, spirituality should reach every home: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Like mobile networks, spirituality should reach every home: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Shashank Verma

New Delhi: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a Sanskrit phrase that means that the whole world is one single family. According to this phrase; animals, birds, plants, trees and other organisms in the ecosystem have soul and they are all part of one family. But, is our soul ready to accept the world as a family? Does the feeling of oneness still prevail in our hearts? Or, is our society is decaying at a rapid pace?

A show from the Bharat Bhagya Vidhata series — Zara Hatke — discussed all of the above and much more. The distinguished guest on the show — Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation—shared his thoughts on why patience was waning among people today.

When Mimansa Malik, the show's host, asked him if spirituality and business could go side by side, Sri Sri said, “It has always prevailed in India. Business is a part of our society, and spirituality has not left any area untouched— politics, economics, society, traditions and everything else have taken the support of spirituality of survive and thrive. Spirituality is the backbone of our country.”

“Spirituality refers to the process through which regeneration of life takes place, through which one can achieve internal happiness and through which you meet the almighty powers. Happiness can only be attained through it. If someone honestly and internally wants to be happy, he must have a fragrance of spirituality in self. One gains the inner strength in their being to counter the negative elements in life,” said Sri Sri when asked about the importance and meaning of spirituality.

Regarding the question over the integrity of gurus left, Sri Sri said, “Every village should have a guru who can guide people on the path of spirituality. Spiritual way of living should reach every home and cover the expanse like mobile networks. We lack prudent gurus in our society. I accept that there are people who exploit under the guise of spirituality but they are miniscule when compared to the real ones.”

“According to a statistical data, about ninety percent of all cases of crime against women happen when the culprits are in an intoxicated condition. Also, the sale of liquor in our country has increased three times over the past two years. Spiritual gurus should raise their voice against consumption of liquor. Women have to be empowered to safeguard their interests in the society. Regular yoga and ‘pranayam’ can rekindle morality in our society. Spiritual gurus need to take an active part in the process of society-building,” Sri Sri said on the topic of safety of women in our country.

“Globalisation is not the cause of societal decay. Our Vedas too have mentioned Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which means that the entire world is one single family. So, it is not correct to blame Western influence on our culture for the societal decay here,” Sri Sri added.

In conclusion Sri Sri said, “We should avoid negativity in all forms and think positive. We should look out for positivity in each and every thing. One should harness their inner power and seek strength from it to serve others.”

(The show airs on Thursday@10 pm)

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