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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Go with the flow

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Hindustan Times

It  is  important to know what keeps and what really disturbs interpersonal relationships. The relationship gets disturbed when disagreement begins. 
Just  look  at  yourself. You had some idea yesterday; today you may have a different idea. Five years ago, you had other ideas that do not necessarily agree with the ideas that you have today. So, when you have disagreement with yourself, why should it not happen with someone  else?  The  ‘someone’  you  have  a  disagreement  with  is just a photocopy  of  your old or the new self. So you need to take a look at your own  thought patterns and emotional patterns; there is a rhythm in them and in the consciousness.

We need to find harmony between all these rhythms within us and that’s what is  called  spirituality.  For maintaining interpersonal relationships, you have  to  first  have  a relationship with yourself. Your relationship with yourself is called integrity.

Secondly,  being informal keeps your interpersonal relationship strong, for it  gives space for mistakes to happen. You cannot expect perfection in any relationship or situation. Today one of the biggest problems with the world is  emotional  instability.  When we create an informal outlook and cordial environment  around us, we grease the friction and become the master of our environment and not feel helpless about what is happening around us.

Life  is very complex. There is no set formula. When you think that you are very  honest  and  righteous, you become a little stiff inside without even realizing  it. When you recognise that there are flaws in you, you are then able to accommodate the flaws in other persons.

It  is  not  only your vices or bad qualities that will harm you, even your good  qualities  can make you stiff, rude and angry. That is why you should surrender both bad and good qualities. Take life as it comes. Sometimes you are  upset  or  angry;  it  is OK. Relax and let go. Life does not stop for anything;     it     moves.  Just move with    the flow. 

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