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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The Way of Grace

All Under One Roof

A unique and marvelous diversity of wisdom has been brought to light by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Not for centuries has such a spiritual wealth been available to the people from one source -- under one roof. Here you will find those who go deep into silent meditation -- and then plunge into dynamic singing, dancing...and laughter! One could never imagine Buddha dancing or singing, nor Jesus being very naughty. Yet here we find mischief and play, even as the Master expounds the highest knowledge for health, happiness and success in life.

Here opposite values are found as complementary. A profound wholeness is lived. The knowledge of this perfect synthesis in life surfaces only rarely, when the intense need of the people attracts an extraordinary and compassionate Master to emerge.

It's all happening right now. And you are invited. Just come as you are. There is no need to prepare yourself to meet the Master. Do not feel you must first rid yourself of fear, tension and impurity before starting on the spiritual path. The Master's job is to lift those burdens from you which you yourself cannot carry -- and to kindle in you unconditional love.

Come and drop your problems at the Master's feet: your doubts, your fears, your inadequacies, your bother-ations. You will find relief and new hope. You are invited to come out of the storm and under the shelter of this roof. Just see for yourself. There is a seat reserved for you here.

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The Divine brings total rest. Total rest from all anxieties. Total rest from all wantings. Life has burned down with so many various wants. In every direction, life is found to be weary. The Divine brings that soothing influence -- a healing touch to the life which has been moving in so many direc-tions. The Divine brings that total rest.

The mind looks for something charming. And once it goes there, the charm ceases to exist. The charm of the mind is a continuous mirage. It is always farther. It is always somewhere else. As long as this mind remains, devotion
does not flower. When the flame of devotion is lit, the craving mind melts away like wax. As the mind melts, the flame of devotion becomes more alive.

The mind looks for charms, miracles, events, excitement. Charm is an outside influence always. Devotion is an inner flowering. Devotion starts from where you are, where-as a charm is something that pulls you away from yourself. The charm never stays for long. When Jesus walked on this planet there were hundreds who came around him, charmed. But there were only twelve in whom the devotion was kindled.

Unless you are lit in devotion, your life will remain restless. In devotion, in that process of burning, longing will arise in you. Intense longing will alternate with intense love, transforming the mind so totally. Then you have crossed over the bridge to the other side.

-- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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