Question: When we do seva (service), especially youth, how do we balance seva, studies and family?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: How do you ride a bicycle? Do you allow yourself to fall on one
side? When you are more towards one side, you just balance. But one strong conviction
should be there – I will do seva, I will do studies, I will take care of my family and
respect the elders as well. These are not opposites but complementary. When you do
seva, you get power and achieve merit, and that gives you good fortune. So, spirituality
brings strength. Through meditation, you will progress in the world.
This conviction, ‘I will be able to do all’, works miracles.
If you find any doubt, just know that it is temporary. The most important thing is to
develop a strong personality. Going to college, stuffing your head with information
and just passing the exam, no! How much strength and humility have you gained? Are
you blossoming into a complete person? It is important to check this. Enthusiasm with
awareness! Seva brings out the skill in you that will again make a difference in how you relate
to all types of people. Softness and depth will come to you. With enthusiasm, there will be
awareness. All can be threaded on a string.