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  1. Gurudev, all the pain and suffering that we experience goes to the big mind. How does it deal with so many deaths and accidents?

    Suffering is like a knot. What happens when you remove the knot? Does it go somewhere? It is like a shadow. Does shadow go somewhere when there is light? No. Did you get it? Just think about it. ...
  2. Gurudev, I asked my friend, 'Why do bad people get good things?' He said, 'They are enjoying stale food from previous lifetimes'. Are we supposed to have everything without knowing why?

    Suffering comes on two counts:1. Ignorance – we are miserable due to our ignorance2. Old karmas - we are experiencing something to pay off some old karmas.These are the only two reasons. It is okay if some ch ...
  3. Gurudev, it is often said that these are bad times for good people. We see this in our society that many times the wrong people end up winning and dominating others and come out as winners. They seem to be enjoying their life. What should we do?

    Yes, you said it yourself. They only seem to be enjoying their life, but it is very temporary. See, when someone has to suffer greatly, they first climb to a greater height and then they fall. All such people who rise through wrong d ...
  4. Dear Gurudev, I am suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and severe low self-esteem. I am unable to talk to anyone freely because I always feel I am not as successful or accomplished as the person next to me. I keep thinking people hate me because of this. I have begun to separate from reality and living in a negative world. I would like to seek your advice.

    First of all, know that life is like a river. You cannot put your feet twice in the same water because the water is changing. Like the flow of a river, your mind is changing all the time. You don’t get the same leaves in the maple tree for two sea ...
  5. Dear Gurudev, can you please explain what it means to let go. How do I let go of situations that are currently causing me pain which I have no power to change?

    How do you sleep at night? If you don’t let go, can you sleep? No! If you don’t let go of an event or situation, or objects, or anything around, you cannot fall asleep. That is letting go.Just wake up and see, the world has been like thi ...
  6. Why in life you are always tested and challenged when God wants to make us happy?

    Know that every test in an opportunity for you to grow. Don't take it as a test!A test is not to know whether you are strong or not, but it for you to realize that 'Yes, I am strong'. God is not ignorant that he needs to ch ...
  7. How do we free ourselves from the pain we have received till now, and what to do so that we do not receive the pain in the future?

    Yoga and meditation is the only way.Here everything is painful. Even an overdose of anything pleasant becomes painful. Wanting something pleasant causes pain. After having gotten what you want, then also there is pain because there is a fear ...
  8. When we undergo lot of suffering, it gives rise to weariness. And when this weariness sets in, there is an chance to get cheated by others. How to handle this adverse situation?

    Don’t run, stop. We need to move forward with confidence. There is no problem which you cannot resolve.Growing weary of everything is not a bad thing, but don’t let it take you to depression. It should take you ...
  9. Why is there poverty and suffering in this world?

    It is there so that your hearts can become open and you can do some good service to uplift others. Then you realize how truly fortunate you are. It is there so that you can do something to express your love and care for others. Suppose there is no ...
  10. Gurudev, great people have said that this world is a mirror. Whatever we do, the life will do the same to us. Then why do the good people have to suffer bad times despite doing good things in life?

    This is a very elaborate discussion. I have written about this in detail in the book Celebrating Silence. Good people do not suffer because of their goodness and virtues. There are many other reasons for this that we have to see. ...
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