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  1. Gurudev, please elaborate upon the contradictory nature of truth.

    If you go to any temple in India, not only will you see idols of Gods and Goddesses, but you will also see the idols of many demons (representing negativity and delusion).
    Gods and Goddesses acquired their position because they were able to overcome ...

  2. Gurudev, in Chapter-14, verse 27 of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that He is also the primal cause of the Para-Brahman (Supreme all-pervading Consciousness) and He is also its very existence. This became a point of confusion among many learned scholars. Sri Adi Shankaracharya also got confused when he read this. Please throw some light on this.

    Lord Krishna gave knowledge in three different ways: the pratham purush (meaning to narrate as first person), madhyam purush (meaning to narrate as second person) and uttam-purush (meaning to narrate as the detached Seer or the Self). ...
  3. Gurudev, what is the secret behind Lord Krishna having succeeded the test of time (meaning to have become eternal)? Despite the passage of time, Lord Krishna is still alive in the hearts of people.

    Yes, this is a secret that you must unravel in your heart. You must discover this for yourself. Truth always wins in the end, and truth is eternal. It is never destroyed. This is why Lord Krishna is alive even after 5100 years. Why is this so? It is becaus ...
  4. Gurudev, my profession is such that I cannot get by without speaking lies. Is there any way by which I can do well in my profession without having to resort to telling lies?

    What profession is that? (Laughter) It sounds like the profession of a lawyer. See, there are many eminent and capable lawyers even today who do not take up cases which are not good (meaning cases of corrupt and false people); or cases which may har ...
  5. Gurudev, many people’s religions do not believe in reincarnation. Do such people attain liberation?

    Whether one believes or does not believe, does that ever change the Truth? The Truth is always as it is. If someone does not believe, then that is it! They just don’t believe it. That does not diminish the Truth in any way.

    The scientists today have pr ...

  6. Gurudev, in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that ‘everyone is equally dear to Me’. But then a little later He tells Arjuna, ‘you are most dear to Me’. How is this contradiction possible?

    There is a lot of contradiction throughout the Bhagavad Gita at every step, in every chapter. That is why Arjuna at one point tells Lord Krishna, ‘O Lord! Tell me one way only (towards freedom from misery). Sometimes you suggest that Bhakti Yoga (th ...
  7. Gurudev, in your book titled Living the Mystery of Life, you have said, 'Work in this world but do not allow it to enter your head.' Can you please explain this once again. Is it the same thing as dispassion?

    This is exactly what we did now in meditation.
    When the eyes are open, we see the scenery, and when we close our eyes and our mind then there is another world. Did you notice this?
    So meditation is the way.

    See, suppose you are sitting and t ...

  8. Dear Guruji, Sage Ashtavakra says in his Ashtavakra Gita that we are not the doer. Yoga Vasistha says that self-control is necessary for self-realization. This seems contradictory. Can you please shed some more light on this?

    Truth is contradictory. Truth is multi-dimensional. It appears to be conflicting and contradicting, but is really not.
    To come to this place, there could be one direction, which says, ‘Go straight and then turn left’. But if you come from another dire ...
  9. What is the truth about life?

    The truth is that the five senses are going outwards. The attraction towards the outside world is more and the attraction towards the inside world is less. This is the first and foremost truth of life. Why do we want to be relieved of this outward attract ...
  10. Form And Formless, And Aggression And Intuition

    A: Form and Formless Life is a combination of form and formless. Feelings have no form but their expressions have form. The Self has no form but its abode has form. Similarly, wisdom and grace have no form but are expressed through form. Discarding the fo ...
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