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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The Way of Grace

Commentaries

Commentaries on the world's various scriptures are the pillars of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's gift of wisdom. Here are the keys for living life effectively on a daily basis. All avenues of practical living are covered. Whatever situation we find ourselves in, we learn how to easily come back to our simple, natural, peaceful state of joy.

The Master's talks light our way as he reveals life's greatest insights. A Master is the mouth of the Divine whose
gentle words have the power to dissolve ignorance and transform our understanding of what is real and who we really are: We are free. Our nature is love. Our Being is infinite consciousness.

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Commentary on the Ashtavakra Gita

Thousands of years ago there was a king named Janaka. He had attained the highest position in a peaceful society, with a vast knowledge of life. But even then he was curious, he was restless. He wanted to know more.

One day an enlightened Master named Ashtavakra arrived at Janaka's court. What unfolded, says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, was "the most unique conversation that has ever taken place on this planet." The text of this inter-action has been passed down for centuries as the Ashtavakra Gita. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's commentary journeys deep into this timeless wisdom, which until now has never been so clearly available to the common man and applicable to present day life. Recorded in India, this video and audiotape series brings the ancient knowledge of Ashtavakra alive with meaning for your personal life.

Ashtavakra Gita is not for beginners, but rather for those who are already practicing meditation and have a certain degree of experience on the spiritual path.

Wake up and see your infinite Self. You are free. You have just been overshadowed by the events in your mind. That is all that has happened. A cloud has covered the sun. Yet what can any cloud do to the sun? Can a cloud destroy the sun?

Remember your nature. You are the witness of all events. Events will come and splash like waves on your shore and then recede. They go away from you, leaving you whole.

You are complete. Don't think you have to do something to complete yourself. You are total right here, right now. With wisdom you remove the ignorance. All these practices we do are just to remove the ignorance. Do not underestimate yourself.

-- From Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Commentary on the Ashtavakra Gita

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The Middle Path

This path is the middle path. The golden path. Every step is complete in itself. It's not that you are aiming for a goal after some time. The goal is where you are.

In this path you are enthusiastic, yet at the same time you are patient. You do not become lethargic, you do not postpone things.

Often when people want to do something good for their personal development, they leave it to God. They say, "God willing, it will come to me." But when they want something in the world, they don't say, "God willing, I will have a house." You put your 100% into looking for relationships, for a house, for a job, for money, for entertainment. But when it comes to your spiritual growth, you postpone."

People are often to one extreme or another. People who have great patience are generally lethargic; they will do it later. Other people are too restless; they want it right now. In this path, patience and dynamic enthusiasm are required
together. This is the golden rule.

-- From Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

"With spiritual growth you become like a crystal," says Patanjali. A pure crystal assumes the color of the light reflected in it. Like this, the soul in you comes to reflect Divinity. Even the senses come to reflect the Divine. Your senses become totally active. When you look at a mountain, it reminds you of the Self, of consciousness. You look at a flower and the flower reminds you of consciousness. You look at the sun, moon, water, waves and they stir in you an idea of the unmanifest, formless energy of the Self. Every experience becomes bright and colorful. There is a keenness of observation. You become totally relaxed, yet at the same time you possess sharpness of awareness, strength of intelligence. Your senses become so clear. You can see better, think better, hear better. Like a pure crystal, your senses come to reflect all objects as one Divinity.

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