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  1. Can one be free from this world by reading scriptures? Or should one stop reading for salvation?

    When you know then why do you ask? (Referring to the teachings of Saint Kabir Das). 'Pothi Pothi Padh Padh Kar Jag Mua, Pandit Bhayo Na Koye Dhai Aakhar Prem Ke, Padhe so Pandit Hoye'. (Meaning: Reading books everyone die ...

  2. When you experience that all is dissolving including this body, how to be enthusiastic about pursuing that which is temporary?

    You know what, that is when you get the enthusiasm. Because everything is changing you get into the space of 'hey, there is something that is not changing and that something which is not changing, loves all that is changing and it plays around

  3. Dear Gurudev, I am really worried about my family. They are caught up in a dark world of lies, manipulation and money. I have had to completely break contact with them and it breaks my heart. They do not listen to me and I see bad consequences in store for them. It is hard to watch all this. Do you have any advice?

    First of all, don’t cut-off from them. At least don’t give them the feeling that you don’t care about them and are cut-off from them. That is not going to help them. It is your innate nature to help and you want to help them. For some ...

  4. Dearest Gurudev, life has become so fast paced, I find it so difficult to stay centered. Please help.

    It is good, if life is fast, you can’t hold on to anything. It doesn’t leave you any time to sit and brood over the past. Before you start brooding over something, something else has already come to attend to. Just go with the flow.

  5. Why is worthlessness and helplessness so uncomfortable. Why is there a constant need to become worthy or important? How to shed this?

    If you are not useful on this planet, nature would have taken you away a long time ago. Nature is very intelligent, and if nature has kept you here, there is some use for you, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
    Each one of you is c ...

  6. Dear Gurudev, there is so much conflict in the world even right now. How can there ever be world peace?

    Sometimes you feel like that.
    Even I felt, we have done so much work in Iraq; from 2003 we have been in Iraq. We have made efforts to bring communities together. We have brought smiles to the faces of thousands of Iraqi women. After the war we brought ...
  7. Gurudev, what should one do when one feels lonely despite being among people?

    I would say that is very good. If you feel lonely, just remember that everything is a dream. Then the next step you take is one where you find that everything is yours (meaning: everything belongs to you). This feeling of loneliness among people, ...

  8. Gurudev, my wife always complains that I do not tell her ‘I love you’. But it is not in my nature to express love through words. Is it necessary to express love?

    See, there are different ways of saying and expressing love. Just find a way that suits you and say it. If you cannot say it in words, then express it by making some hand gestures. Or you can write it and give it to her.
    If you are away, in another p ...

  9. Gurudev, What is the purpose of life?

    When you feel that everything is going to stay here, but I am going to die one day, and everything appears meaningless, what you do appears to be meaningless, at this time I would like you to read Yoga Vasistha.
    You can play the ...
  10. Gurudev, you tell us to live in the moment, but you also say that we must have goals in life. Is this not contradictory? If one has to live in the moment, then why have goals in life?

    Life is so complex! It is not just simple. It is so complex and that is the beauty of it! That is why it is beautiful.
    Our body has a form, color and shape, but our mind doesn’t have any of those. We are combination of the most obvious, and the comple ...
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