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The right strategy

india Updated: Mar 18, 2010 00:28 IST
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Life needs a goal, an aim. Imagine you are sitting in a car and your foot is on the accelerator.

You see your home and say “my home, my home” and keep pressing down on the accelerator. You have to go shopping, you’ve reached the shop but your foot is still on the accelerator.

We are in such a situation. We don’t stop where we have to and when we reach the place we want to go to, we’re still pressing down on the accelerator. A car needs both the brake and the accelerator. If a car has only a brake, it won’t move. If it has only an accelerator, there will be an accident or you will go mad.

Feverishness has to be controlled. You need to calm down. It has to be reduced in order to be discriminating; the brake will have to be used. Our ancestors understood that eating all through the month was not good. So one day was kept aside for fruits & water only; that was the brake.

So use the brake at times. Stop the car.

Similiarly, we also need to know how to stop the mind. Yoga and Vedanta have been referred to as the highest forms of knowledge and that is what they are. The inner space or your inner form can be experienced through them. Your brain benefits so much (from this) when it comes in touch with your inner form.

We must use our minds to make the right strategy. We need strategy to solve any problem. Only strength is not enough; we need bhakti (devotion), mukti (freedom) and yukti (strategy). For success in life, we need bhakti and mukti. Without mukti, there’s no bhakti. Mukti and bhakti make life fulfilling and beautiful. Shakti and yukti are necessary for surviving in society. If you are peaceful, yukti will awaken within you. This is the secret to a happy, healthy and meaningful life.