Blossoming in life

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  1. Gurudev, what actually is prayaschit? How can one become free of one’s sins? Can one ever become free of guilt, or is one doomed to live with that?

    ‘Prayas’ means getting back to the original state; ‘chitta’ means consciousness.We were all born innocent. How is the mind when you are a baby? Fresh, alive, innocent. Prayaschitta means, that act which t ...
  2. Gurudev, How does one cultivate maturity in life?

    Perception, observation and expression - these three things can bring you maturity. The way you perceive things and observe things all around you.Wisdom doesn’t need time at all. You don’t need to become old to become mature. You s ...
  3. Gurudev, what is stronger, mind, body or soul? How can I use these three in a good way?

    The soul has its own strength, the mind has its own strength and the body has its own position. Everything has its own strength. Keep the three balanced in their own respect. <br> Just today, there was a youth who hadn't eaten since morni ...
  4. Gurudev, how can I live my life to its full potential?

    That is exactly what you are learning here (at the Art of Living). It is the ability to accommodate the opposites in life: rest with activity. If you are simply active all the time, it will not work. If you are only resting it will not work then too. You h ...
  5. Gurudev, How do I get over my crushes? It is very easy for me to like someone and that troubles me?

    I think you have a lot of free time. You have to get busy. This is too young an age to get crushed. You have not even blossomed like a flower yet, you are still a bud. Don’t let anybody crush you now. There is a time for it. Now focus only on your studies. ...
  6. Gurudev, How to combine our inner journey and the outer world events?

    Inner journey and outer world events are complementary. If you are happy inside, you are able to work dynamically outside. The more dynamic you are, deeper and better is the rest and meditation. When you meditate the joy increases. Peo ...
  7. Gurudev, how do I get a good sense of humor like you?

    You already have one. Just relax. Don’t try to impress anybody. Just be yourself. I feel so sorry for those people who try to be funny. The so-called comedians, they struggle every day to find new jokes to make people laugh. And it is such artificial ...
  8. Gurudev, in order to progress on the spiritual path, do we have to make efforts to cultivate positive qualities, such as simplicity and naturalness, or do they develop by themselves?

    No, one does not have to make any effort to develop good qualities at all. Good qualities blossom in you by themselves. Just like how a bud blossoms into a flower on its own, in the same way good qualities blossom in you naturally. All that you have t ...
  9. Gurudev, What do I do to enhance more positive qualities in myself?

    To improve and blossom the positive qualities, do Sadhana and Seva. And if people abuse you when doing Seva, then just listen to it. Tell them, ‘Go ahead and abuse me!’ See, when we are ready to even accept abuse that is when our consciousness starts ...
  10. Gurudev, My dear Gurudev, whenever I look into my heart I find you there. You have hooked me, booked me and cooked me. Please tell me what dish you are trying to make out of me.

    Listen! You are wonderful, you are so complete and that is how you could feel that intense emotion. One who does not have the bhaav (intense feeling) cannot even enjoy the bliss, and cannot enjoy peace. If someone is stuck in the intellect, the ...
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