Beyond the Rational Mind
We are used to living our lives rationally, with each action weighed for loss and profit, and each word spoken after good thought. But what can be the benefits of living more intuitively, one wonders. Here in this absolutely riveting commentary, the global humanitarian and spiritual guide for over 370 million people across the globe, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The International Association For Human Values, shares the transformational value of living a life guided by intuition and naturalness and the immense benefits of tapping into this rarely explored dimension of human consciousness!
“You usually do only that which is purposeful, useful and rational. Everything you see, you see through the rational mind,” Gurudev says.
“But an intuition, a discovery, a new knowledge goes beyond the rational mind, he adds, “Truth is beyond reason. The rational mind is like a railroad track that is fixed in grooves. Truth needs no tracks. Truth can float anywhere like a balloon.”
Some people, according to Gurudev, step out of the rational mind in order to rebel against society. “They want to break social law, but it is for the sake of ego – out of anger, hatred, rebelliousness, and wanting attention. This is not stepping out of the rational mind (though they may think it is).”
Then what does stepping out of the rational mind really mean?
“We step out of the rational mind when we do something that has no purpose,” Gurudev says, “If there is no purpose, the action becomes a game. Life becomes lighter.”
“If you are stuck with only rational acts, life is a burden,” he shares, “But if you play a game without a thought of winning or losing, if you do something without any purpose attached to it – just act irrationally – it is freedom, like a dance.”
Gurudev encourages the seeker to take the leap of faith and says, “Just step out of the rational mind and you’ll find a great freedom, an unfathomable depth, and you’ll come face-to-face with reality.”
And here is the most powerful insight on why you must get out of the rational mind, “Reality transcends logic and the rational mind. Until you transcend the rational mind, you will not get access to creativity and the Infinite.”
Gurudev has a caveat though.
“Remember: if you do an irrational act in order to find freedom, then you already have a purpose. It is no longer irrational. This knowledge note has already spoiled its own possibility!”
“Break the barrier of the rational mind and find freedom for yourself.”
About The Author
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is an international humanitarian leader and a spiritual master who is the global rallying voice of this generation’s collective call for peace.
Named one of the “Seven Most Powerful People in India,” by Forbes, his world-renowned meditation techniques helped end the 60-year conflict in Colombia. He has been credited with bringing opposing parties together to facilitate meditation and peace talks in Iraq, Cote d’Ivoire and India.
Founder of the Art of Living Foundation and International Association for Human Values, Sri Sri is leading the way toward peace and tolerance through meditation and humanitarian efforts. Over 35 years, his programs and initiatives have touched the lives of over 370 million people in over 150 countries.
“Sudarshan Kriya,” the meditation technique introduced by Sri Sri is backed by research and implemented in schools, corporations, prisons, refugee camps and retreat centers around the world. As a spiritual teacher, Sri Sri has rekindled traditions of yoga and meditation that have helped millions of people achieve personal and social transformation by relieving stress and discovering inner peace in daily life.
If you want to live and experience what peace is, even if for a few minutes in your day, here is a short guided meditation led by Gurudev, for just the right start of your day or may be the mid-day boost of Prana (life force) that you need for your day.