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  1. What should I do if people see my patience, compassion, kshama (forgiveness) and endurance as a weakness?

    Well, you cannot make someone else think differently, or change their perception. If they think that way, it is up to them. As far as you are centered and strong, you are fine. You go on.

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  2. Initially I always see the best in people but as time passes, I begin to see the worst of them when I get to know them closely. My feelings about them change. Why does this happen and how do I handle this situation?

    You know, the opposite of this fact is also true. Many times you do not get off to a good start with someone else, but as time passes and you keep your patience, you start liking them. So both things are true.
    This kind of cycle comes in everyone’s l ...

  3. How to cope with the generation gap and the problems that it brings? How do we cope with the differences we have with our elders?

    See that has to be done very skillfully. You must explain and keep your stand before them, but you must also be respectful and listen to what they have to say as well.
    Remember this – our elders always have love and our best interests at heart< ...

  4. Gurudev, how to come out of attachment? And if people deceive us, how to come out of that?

    If someone deceives you, they are going to face the music. They will face the consequences. That is the law of karma. You got deceived because you were not careful. You should have been careful, isn't it? So you learnt a lesson when somebody deceive ...

  5. Dear Gurudev, how can I keep my ego and anger from hurting others around me?

    Listen, if your are sensitive and your intention is not to hurt anybody, that is good enough. But sometimes in spite of your being so cautious, some people get hurt. There is nothing that you can do about it. Some people feel that anything ...

  6. Dear Gurudev, is it okay to love and be with a married man?

    Suppose you were married and your husband was with someone, would you like it? Put yourself in the place of the other woman who is already married. Then you decide for yourself. I won’t say anything about it.

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  7. Dearest Gurudev, please can you talk about domestic violence and give some knowledge on this. What is the role of acceptance and responsibility when a spouse feels that their actions are in proportion to their hurt?

    Listen, when two people are living together, there will definitely be arguments. However compatible, no two people can think the same things all the time. There will be difference of opinions. If both have sweet talks all the time, both will land up hav ...

  8. Dear Gurudev, the most important person in my life after you, is not talking to me. What should I do? Also, he was not very happy with my coming here. What should I do when he behaves badly when I have done nothing wrong?

    Have patience! You be nice to him and he will turn around.
    You know, sometimes people are scared because they think your love for them has reduced when you do other things. So give them the confidence that you love them most. It is all about just want ...
  9. In a practical and immediate way, what can we do to combat terrorism? Can people say special mantras or prayers to help erase the horrible violence?

    We need to bring unity in diversity. Terrorism is just lack a of education in spirituality. the root cause is that and it has to be nipped at the bud. Schools and colleges should have a broad spectrum of knowledge. Every child should know a little bit a ...

  10. Gurudev, if the same person keeps annoying me again and again, how do I deal with him without getting angry?

    Did you ask him if he is also annoyed by you? Go and ask him how annoyed he feels because of you.

    See, these things are always two sided. And if someone is annoying, what can you do? Some people are like that! No matter how many times you try to ...

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