Often violence comes with noise. Non-violence happens in silence. People who are violent make huge noise; they make it known. People who are non-violent are quiet. But the time has come for people who are non-violent to make noise so that the violence will quiet down. The message of non-violence has to come loud and clear so that it can be heard from a young age.
A sense of shame has to be connected with anger and violence. The reason for violence in young people is a sense of pride in anger and violence, not a sense of shame. People feel proud that they are violent or angry. They think it is prestigious or a status symbol to be aggressive. Aggression is not thought to be a quality to be ashamed of. This promotes aggression and violence in the whole society, and when aggression and violence are promoted, human values diminish. Some movies and modern music glorify frustration, anger and revenge and make these a role model for children.
We need to promote human values especially love compassion and belongingness loud and clear. Speak to groups or through your local media in the newspaper and on TV and create as many Art Excel and Art of Living courses in your area as possible.
David asks : “If people are ashamed to be angry, won’t that keep them unnatural and set up resistance in them that will persist?”
Sri Sri : “If they are not ashamed, they will feel a free license to get angry and violent. Sometimes resistance is a good thing (Like resistance to disease or resistance to bad habits).”
Q: The Sri Sri Yoga program has helped me so much, and I am sure it has a big role to play in spreading yoga around the world.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Thank you! I am so glad! Around 35 years ago, when we started yoga, it was taboo, not a mainstream thing at all. People would think that to do yoga, you have to stand on one leg, or put ashes all over your body. That was the sort of impression about yoga. Today, I am so glad that the United Nations has recognized its value, and 178 countries came forward to approve of the International Yoga Day! Although we have a long way to go, at least yoga has taken the center stage now to combat stress, violence and social ills.<
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
When a mistake happens through you, you excuse yourself. But when a mistake happens through someone else, you think they did it intentionally. You don’t see that they didn’t mean it. Not to see intention in other’s mistakes is a good virtue. It is one of the qualities of a well educated human being.
Decision comes only when there is confusion. When there is no confusion then there is no decision. For example, if there is a piece of wood and a biscuit on your desk, you don’t decide which one to eat, isn’t that right? Decision is always about choice and choice is always confusing. So, all decision-makers are confused! (Laughter)
Action is spontaneous when there is no actor. In you, there is an actor and there is a witness. An actor is either confused or decisive, but the witness realizes that the action is spontaneous and smiles.
The more decisions you make, the more confused you are, and as a result you swing between pain and pleasure. The more the witness grows in you, the more playful and untouched you are. Trust, faith, love and joy all manifest in and around you.
Are you confused, decided or happy now?
Eberhard: Confusion is too strong of an expression. Is it not rather “choice”?
Urmila: We are decided that choice is confusion. (Everyone laughs)
Hans Peter: Is there any freedom without confusion?
Sri Sri: When you are confused, there is no freedom.
Hans Peter: What is freedom of choice?
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