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  1. Dear Gurudev, it pains me a lot to ask this question to you. How can we eliminate the problem of casteism from our society?

    Just look back in history at all the things that used to happen in the name of caste in our country and compare it with the situation that you see today. You will realize that the evils and problems that arose due to casteism have greatly reduced since ...
  2. Many times we see that an arrogant person earns a lot of fame and respect, while a humble person often goes unnoticed. Why is this so?

    This is purely your own concept. It is not that only arrogant people get respect. If that were the case, then Mahatma Gandhi would have never won the respect and support of the people of this country. Did Acharya Vinoba Bhave not command great respect ...
  3. Gurudev, we are from Chhattisgarh. While we were traveling by train to reach Bangalore, we had two tickets, of which only one was confirmed. So I had to share my berth with my friend. However there was an old lady who was sleeping on the floor because her seat too was not confirmed. What should we have done in this situation?

    You have already reached the Ashram, why are you still thinking about that old lady now? Just relax. Yes, you should always honour and respect women, and be considerate towards children and the elderly. Always respect your elders and senior citize ...
  4. Gurudev, it is said that from every animal and bird something can be learnt. What can be learnt from humans?

    Humanity! From human beings we can learn two things:1. What we must do2. What we must not do We can learn about the different kinds of animals and birds, we can also learn what we must do from animal and birds, but we cannot learn ...
  5. Gurudev, what is the importance of sacrifice in the life?

    You get strength from sacrifice. It increases your valor.Sacrifice brings you so much peace, and you feel that your life is fruitful. You never get as much happiness by craving or acquiring things, as much as you get by sacrificing them.When ...
  6. How to become such a person that people listen to me when I speak.

    You should drop this idea that people should listen to you. You be authentic in your expression. You be natural and don’t worry about what others think of you. You will find that you have achieved what you wanted to achieve. ...
  7. Why do cultures clash? Why does humanity disappear? Can you please throw some light?

    That is a good question. Today there was a bomb blast in Bangalore and Boston. This is intolerance; the culture of non-violence is missing. That is why we all have to do our work. Don’t you think so? Shall we all together do some work? In India also, ...
  8. Please talk about Reciprocity.

    Reciprocity is very natural. At a higher state of mind, reciprocity is instantaneous. Only when someone is not sensitive there is no reciprocity. Often people reciprocate the bad things. If you blame somebody, they are ready to blame you immediat ...
  9. Can you explain how it is possible that all people in my country Holland create beautiful things? We are materialistic, but there is no awareness of consciousness. How is this possible?

    I don’t think so. There is consciousness in people. There is so much kindness in people. People in Holland have lot of values and they are very much willing to support and do service. You simply need to give them a chance and channel them, that is all.
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