Thursday, June 26, 2014

Addictions by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

All addictions of this planet promise joy, but they never deliver. Let's take the simple addiction of smoking. Smoking does not bring any joy, but not smoking gives you pain, suffering, and problem.
How to get over it?
There are three things that you do to get over addictions:
  1. Fear of disease: If doctor says, if you take one more peg of alcohol you will be dead.
  2. Greed. If someone tempts for something bigger. If you stop your addiction for a month you will get a million rupees.
  3. Love for something higher.
I would prefer love over fear and greed. Love can elevate your body-mind complex and stop the craving. Having a bigger addiction - something that can intoxicate you. This is love for the creator, love for God. A higher ecstasy that you can find through meditation and pranayama.

- Hard to achieve but not difficult.


Vidhyashankar K said...

Beautifully said. A great reminder that there is more beyond the constant desires.

Kiran Banda said...

Let me add one more to the list - "Getting busier" with some productive stuff. I realize that when one is so busy, there won't be even time to fall sick :D