Sri Sri Ravi
is the founder of
Art of Living
Time is one of the 24 principles that
govern this creation. Time is not
elsewhere; it is here, right now in
this very moment. Every moment is im-
portant. Live every moment of life and
make life a celebration.
The silent part of the Divine is known
as maha kaala. Shiva is known as Ma-
hakaal. Mahakaal means great time. We
often say, “I had a great time”. But, what
does it mean? Great time means the mo-
ments present in the timeless moments.
Lord Shiva is also known as Kaala
Samhaara Murti. (It means the lord who
slays time). How is it possible to slay
time? It is possible by extreme bliss.
When you are blissful you will not feel
the passage of time. When you are not
aware of the passage of time, then it is
said that time has been slayed.
There is a close relation between time
and sadness. When you are very sad, you
perceive time to be too long. When you
are happy, you do not feel time pass.
Usually when the word God is men-
tioned everybody looks up immediately.
What is there up above? There is nothing
above. Everything is inside, neither
above nor below. Looking inside or being
inside is meditation and this brings real
joy, real happiness.
When you look at someone close to
you, your friend or somebody you love,
what happens to you? Something hap-
pens inside you. You feel as though some
new energy is passing through you. Cap-
ture that great moment. It is those great
moments, which are timeless moments.
You might have experienced those time-
less moments by the presence of that per-
son, that person might have brought
forth those emotions in you. So what? In-
stead of getting immersed in that person
or in the situation, just be with the
spring of bliss rising up in you.
The Divine has given you all the small
pleasures in the world, but has kept the
bliss to Him. To get the bliss, you have to
go to Him and Him alone. Be sincere in
your attempts. Do not try to outsmart the
Divine. Once you get the bliss, then
everything else is joyful.