Sunday, October 16, 2005

Spirituality: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Recently, while surfing the net, I came across an article on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, which was simply amazing.
In his words I quote,

Respect:
"Thank those who do not respect you. They have given you freedom. When people respect you, they often take away your freedom. They expect you to smile at them, recognize them and behave in certain way with them. If they do not respect you, you are not obliged to answer their questions and you can drop all formalities. You will be naturally smiling or frowning. Either way you will be complete."When people love and respect you, you are obliged to return their courtesies because you do not want to hurt them. But when they do not respect or love you, they will not be hurt by your actions and words, so they set you free. "When you gain respect, you often do it at the cost of your freedom. Wisdom is to put freedom first and not bother with respect. "True freedom is not an "I don't care" attitude. It is lightness from within, a genuine smile and lack of stiffness. Such freedom will not bring arrogance. True love blossoms only in such freedom. And when there is genuine love, respect simply follows you."
European Ashram, Bad Antogast, GermanyJuly 30, 1997

2 comments:

Ocean Spirits said...

Hi Pratik

Thank you for your message. You're right, here in Switzerland we have no ocean. But as often as possible we stay on the Bahamas to meet the Dolphins.
Hey, you have a nice Blog. This Post concerning "Respect" I like very much.

Nandan said...

Pratik,

Love is the greatest feeling man can have. It will take lot of efforts to nurture this feeling for everyone in our mind. Although we can always try for it.

Nandan