Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living Founder
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living Founder
Weekly Knowledge #2 Big Sur, California
21 Jun 1995 USA


If you’re not feeling close to the Guru, it’s because of you. Because of your mind, because of your ego concepts. Share with the that which is very important or intimate to you. Share that. Do not feel shame, shy, or judgmental about yourself.

Unless you express to the Master that which is very intimate and important to you, just being on the formal and informal communication levels cannot make you feel close. “How are you, where are you going? How have you been?” Stop formal and superficial conversations with the Master and speak with your heart that which is very important and intimate, very deep to your life. Don’t just say how much the squash costs, 30 cents or whatever.

If you don’t feel close to the Master, there’s no point in having a Master. It is just another burden to you. You have enough already. Just say “Goodbye,” get rid of it.

Question: When you play little games and push us away, how can we feel close to you?

Answer: You should feel more close if you are pushed away, scolded or ignored. Because to ignore somebody takes a lot of effort. When a Master does not even ignore wrapping paper, or a flower that is in a vase, how can he ignore a walking, talking, breathing human being who is connected? How could that be ignored? So when you understand this, you already feel close.

Question: Can we call you every week?

Response from the room: Call Guruji every week and if he doesn’t answer the phone then you know you are loved.

Answer: Yes, put that in. (Laughter)

You are with the Master to share the joy of the Master, to share the consciousness of the Master. For that, you have to empty your cup of what is already in it. So you share that with the Master. You share whatever you have and don’t judge, “Oh, that is garbage.” The Master is ready to accept any garbage of any extent. However you are, he will embrace you. He is ready to share. You only have to share from your side.


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