Sri Sri travels the world sharing wisdom and insights on a number of timely and important topics. He has written books that teach and inspire. His talks motivate and encourage, offer comfort and reassurance, and provide insights for daily living.

Knowledge

Five Types of Restlessness

Five Types of Restlessness

Restlessness of the soul alone can bring authentic prayer in you. It brings perfection, Siddhis and miracles in life. It is so precious to get that inner most longing for the Divine.

Education

Education

Education has five aspects - Information, concepts, attitude, imagination, freedom.

Surrender

Surrender

The main impediment of many seekers in the path is that they want to surrender. Don't say that you want to surrender; know that you already are surrendered. Wanting to surrender becomes an impediment on the path. This is like a child saying to the mother, " I want to love you." No child ever tells the mother," I want to love you", love is evident there. Surrender is not an act, it is a state...

Seeing God in Everyone

Seeing God in Everyone

Become God to each other. Do not look for God somewhere in the sky, but see God in every pair of eyes, in the mountains, in water, in trees and in animals. How? Only when you see God in yourself will this happen. Only God can worship God. To recognize Divinity, there are three dimensions—time, space and mind. For seekers, it is necessary to honor time and space so they can experience sacredness...

Service

Service

Always know that the Divine never gives you a responsibility you cannot fulfill. No one ever expects you to treat them if you are not a doctor. No one will ask you to fix their wiring system if you are not an electrician. Your responsibility is only what you can do. You do not know what you can do. Always accept that you do not know what you can do.  Ignorance of your capability can expand...

Wonder

Wonder

If you are not amazed by the magnificence of this creation—your eyes are not yet opened. Once your eyes are open, they close, and this is called meditation. Tell me, what in this creation is not a mystery? Birth is a mystery; death is a mystery. If both birth and death are mysteries, then life is certainly a greater mystery, isn’t it? Being completely immersed in the mystery of life and in this...

Existence

Existence

Everything is spherical, everything is hanging in space—such vast infinite intelligence—countless stars, countless worlds, countless lives. Just be amazed at existence—how many stars, birds, vegetables, leaves, species, varieties. If the frog or the lizard is gone, the world is not complete, the whole ecology is disturbed.  If one link is gone, the entire chain is broken. Similarly,...

Problems

Problems

There is no problem that cannot be solved. When you have a problem that you think cannot be solved, you have accepted it. Then it is no longer a problem but a fact. Suppose you think it is a problem that the ocean in Norway is too cold. Obviously, you cannot heat the ocean so it cannot be changed, you accept it and it is no longer a problem. Only when you are searching for a solution is there a problem....

Death

Death

Death brings you in touch with the reality of life. Death creates a vacuum, a void and this void is fertile ground for the spirit to manifest. All talents, inventions and creativity spring forth from the void; creation has a tendency to return to the void. All places of worship in all religions are connected with places of burial or cremation because only the awareness of death can bring dispassion...

Depression

Depression

Lack of idealism is the main cause of depression among young people today. Life appears to be so meaningless to these children, who are either too scared of the competitive world or bogged down by too much stimulation. They need inspiration, and spirituality is that inspiration. Depression sets in if there is a lack of zeal to fight. Aggression is the antidote to depression. Depression is lack of...

Violence

Violence

Violence brings noise while non-violence happens in silence.  People who are violent make tremendous noise; they make their violence known, while people who are non-violent are quiet. But the time has come for the non-violent ones to make noise so that violence will decrease. The message of non-violence must come loud and clear so that it can be heard at a young age. Shame must be associated with...

Duty

Duty

Where there is duty, there is no beauty.  Duty is a heavy stone.  But when there is love, that stone becomes a flower.  The actions occur, but as an expression of joy. Don’t think, “I have lots of duties; how will I fulfill my duties?”  Duty, responsibility become a burden—a bondage in your head.  Love the job you are doing—like looking after children—take it as a service.  Service is different from duty.  You have been the door for these little children to come into this world.  They are not yours; they belong to the Divine.

Publications

Celebrating Silence

Celebrating Silence

A collection of the weekly discourses from 1995 to 2000, organized by theme. An insightful and practical guide that stems from an ancient lineage of wisdom.

Ashtavakra Gita

Ashtavakra Gita

Ashtavakra Gita is a dialogue that had taken place between King Janak and Ashtavakra, a great sage of his times. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has elaborated on the verses of Sage Ashtavakra and presented them in a manner which makes them easily applicable in our day to day lives.

Punarnava

Punarnava

A compilation of short talks given by Sri Sri on day-to-day issues and evolution on the spiritual path.

God Loves Fun

God Loves Fun

This book presents words of profound wisdom that illuminate the intellect, touch the heart, and provide practical guidance for life.

Bang on the Door

Bang on the Door

This book leads you to realize that all wealth is within you. You are locked out of your own house. Right now you are on the doorstep; do not delay a moment. When your inner door opens, there is love - just love.

Shiva Sutras

Shiva Sutras

A kite needs a string in order to fly through the sky. In a similar way, this book offers threads that will uplift your mind, leading you to a life that radiates the light of inner joy.

Patanjali Yoga Sutras

Patanjali Yoga Sutras

"The whole purpose of yoga is to be one with the self, to make you whole." Patanjali Yoga Sutras provides aphorisms on practical and philosophical wisdom.

Celebrating Love

Celebrating Love

A sequel to Celebrating Silence, this volume provides guidance on dealing with violence, fear, and anger, and insights on how to transform negative emotions into healthy relationships.

Videos

Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation

Experience a guided meditation on line with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Meditation is that space where thoughts have subsided and the mind is in complete rest. Meditation is the journey from movement to stillness, from sound to silence.

Happiness

Happiness

Interview in Australia about happiness, a stress-free mind, breathing, and meditation.

Spirituality and Money

Spirituality and Money

Spirituality, social responsibility, and money — peace and prosperity go hand in hand.

Who is Driving?

Who is Driving?

An excerpt from a talk that uses driving a car as a metaphor for freedom of the mind.

Negativity

Negativity

Why does the mind get attracted to negativity?  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explains.

Anger

Anger

It is our duty to stand up and speak out against injustice but express anger in a nonviolent way.

Secrets of Marriage

Secrets of Marriage

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar talks on three secrets for a successful marriage or relationship. One for women, one for men and the last secret for both.

Quotes