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  1. Gurudev, what do you think of the caste system. Can the caste of untouchables be integrated into The Art of Living?

    It is already done. Do you know, the constitution of India and all the scriptures do not allow untouchability? Our main two scriptures Ramayana and Mahabharta are written by so called untouchables. Untouchability increased after ...
  2. Gurudev, could you please elaborate on the eleven principles that Mahatma Gandhi gave to the nation.

    The first is Ahimsa, which is Non-violence. Then comes Satya, which is Truth. Then is Asteya, i.e., Non-stealing. Then Brahmacharya or Celibacy. Then Aparigraha, i.e., No ...
  3. Gurudev, how does the spiritual growth of people help a country prosper? Please give an example. How can spiritually inclined people help save the country?

    The spiritually inclined people will have a better attitude in life. They will not have prejudice. They will work with humility, dignity, protect others' dignity, care for others, and have compassion. All these things naturally come to spiritually i ...
  4. Gurudev, it looks like corruption in India is doing lasting damage to society and the environment. Is it reversible? If yes, then how can expats like me living in the US help in the endeavor to reverse the damage?

    If you are interested in doing something back home in India, and want to know how to create awareness, how to use your talents to save the largest democracy on the planet, then you should definitely meet with the Art of Living (AOL) volunteers here, they ...
  5. Gurudev, What is your message for the youth today?

    Own this nation, have a vision for this nation. We are about 1,000 people here. Can each one of us here influence five more people? If we can each influence five more of our friends, we can change the whole face of Delhi, and the nation. Suppose you ...
  6. Gurudev, cow slaughter is on the rise in India. Can any stringent laws be passed in Parliament by which this can be banned?

    It is unfortunate that the percentage of cows present in India today is just 2% of their number before independence. The animal wealth of our country has reduced to a great extent, and is much lesser today than what it used to be. We are facing a big ...
  7. Gurudev, Gurudev there’s a saying that every human being should be born once in India to get mukti (enlightenment). Why is it so?

    No, nothing like this is written anywhere. The whole world is yours, there is no boundary in spirituality. ‘Skrunvantho Viswam Aryam’, let’s make the whole world a noble and an ideal society. ...
  8. Gurudev, Why is India the favorite destination for enlightened masters? Is there some secret in the land?

    Well, it is not that only India had masters. No! The word California comes from a Rishi called Kapila Rishi. He was the previous incarnation of Lord Krishna. He was born in California, and lived there for a long time. The place was called Kapila ...
  9. Gurudev, how did a handful of British people rule a spiritual giant like India? Is there something to learn from this?

    Well, you can wonder about it! One speciality of India is that there was never any unity here. Once I was in Europe and a journalist asked me, ‘Gurudev, tell me, how come the Indian journalists criticize India more than anybody else?’ I said, ‘Th ...
  10. Gurudev, In a country like India, especially Mumbai where I live, there is so much inequality that I feel embarrassed and guilty for what I have. Yet I have the ambition to earn money and live well. How to reconcile these two things?

    Engage yourself in some service activity or another. It is good that something pricks you. That itself will motivate you to do something good for the society. And earmark 2% or 3% of what you earn, because if we use all of what we earn only on ourselves, ...
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