H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addresses Scottish Parliament – 2005

December 28, 2007 at 1:04 pm 2 comments


“Good afternoon! It’s wonderful to be with you all.

Time for reflection we all need. I think every human being needs to sit back for a little while, if possible everyday and find that inner peace. When our mind is agitated or restless and we are too active, we are not tapping that source that is deep within us, which is intuitive which gives us the correct thoughts, which gives us the confidence. So few minutes of silence, few minutes of reflecting about the truths about our lives would be extremely beneficial for every one of us.

Now how to do it, what are the ways and means to achieve that inner peace? This question haunts everybody- whether its summer or winter. We need to find an answer about the basic questions that come into our hearts and our minds. I would say observing that everything is changing in our world, in our lives, in our society would give us a clue that there is something that is not changing. The reference point by which we observe things are changing is the something that is not changing and that non-changing aspect of our consciousness gives us enormous strength, courage and creativity. And few minutes of experiencing that non-changing aspect deep within us all makes our body energized, mind focused, our intellect free from inhibitions, memory free from traumas and a joyful flavor to our expositions comes around. We are able to be in touch with the joy that one is seeking.

Now its not just enough that we are able to experience responsibility or peace within us. We need to bring it in our society, around us. This we can do only by educating people in human values, by bringing about human values. Today if you ask a child in a school or college how many friends you have, they’ll count on their fingers… three, four, five. And ask them the question- if you can’t be friendly with thirty- forty kids in your classroom how are going to be friendly with six billion people in the world? The basic values- human values of friendliness, compassion, understanding, harmony in diversity need to be brought up in schools, colleges and in every environment.

I would say our breath can play a vital role in cleansing the negative emotions a person has. We have experimented this, tried this in many prisons around the world. Hundred and twenty thousand prisoners around the world have done some breathing exercises and are able to get rid of the hatred, anger, that revengeful feeling that clogs them or blocks them. Inside every culprit I see a victim crying for help. Its the stress, lack of broad vision about life, lack of understanding, bad communication- all leads to violence in society. Love, being the very central force of human life gets covered by stress and distress. So the spiritual knowledge or what I would say as human values, education in human values would help an individual stand up to the demands of the day and it will help one to manage the problems one faces in their daily life.

I see man is on that crossroad today- on one side he becomes violent or frustrated and on the other side depressed or suicidal. And it’s the knowledge about our spirit, which is all love, which is beauty, which is peace, which transcends the boundary of our concepts and imaginations and identities that can bring a freedom from this frustration and violence. So I would say a violence free society, disease free body, quiver free breath, inhibition free intellect, trauma free memory is a birth right of every individual. And as responsible citizens we need to bring that responsibility to our society, to our community wherever we are, to our people, to make people take responsibility for themselves and for the environment around.

With these few words I thank you all for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts with you today and I wish you all the best of luck in your service to the country, to the province of Scotland.


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Where are the Peacemakers? Kitab Phere Kyon Nahin

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. santosh mujumdar  |  January 5, 2008 at 1:41 am

    very nice. such a selfless commitment towards the society is rarely seen. however the same is need of the hour

  • 2. Marisela Ubence  |  April 27, 2009 at 1:28 am

    ohhnice post


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