November 17, 2019
Over a lakh people from all over the world meditated with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar online as he led the ‘Ireland Mediates’ – a public event held in Dublin. He gave a talk on meditation at the event and interacted with the audience in a QnA session.
“If meditation is the house, mindfulness is the driveway. Don’t stay in the driveway. Mindfulness has become a new fad. It is good to be alert, be conscious. But it is just the surface of meditation.”
In the talk, Gurudev said, “Meditation is like mental hygiene. We are all taught how to brush teeth. The same way meditation is the process which can help your mind to get rid of all negative feelings.” He added, “Meditation establishes a connection with the whole of humanity. You feel totally at home with everyone.”
When asked if mindfulness is same as meditation, he said, “If meditation is the house, mindfulness is the driveway. Don’t stay in the driveway. Mindfulness has become a new fad. It is good to be alert, be conscious. But it is just the surface of meditation.”
When asked what he wants to tell a terrorist, Gurudev said, “I smile at them. I understand their predicament. They feel they are not understood. Love can transform people. We’re all made up of love. The distorted spirit becomes anger and hatred. It just needs a little cleansing. Violence does not lead anyone anywhere. It only destroys. When you bring this awareness, they come out of it.”
This is my first visit to Ireland. People from all over the country joined for 'Ireland Meditates' at a beautiful theatre in Dublin. pic.twitter.com/DmUTiKtRqx
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) November 18, 2019