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  1. Living With Equanimity

    Gurudev, what is the best and easy way to please God and be closer to Him? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If a baby asks, ‘What can I do to please my mother?’ The mother is already pleased with the baby. Whatever the baby does, the mother is happy. My dear, God is ...
  2. Gurudev, the Vishalakshi Mandap is so wonderful to look at. Can you please explain the significance of the word Vishalakshi.

    Vishala means broad, akshi means vision, so it means broad-eyed vision. I thought people can come here, sit, meditate, and broaden their vision.Of course, it is my mother’s name also. It has a deep spiritual meaning. If you ha ...
  3. Gurudev, I think I am addicted to meditation. Is it bad to be addicted to something awesome like meditation?

    You can’t say that you are addicted to compassion, it is a wrong word to use since it is an integral part of your life. Similarly, you can’t say that I am so addicted to being clean; I am addicted to brushing my teeth. Just like brushing is ...
  4. Gurudev, the enthusiasm of one person can become an irritation for another. Should we express our enthusiasm and allow it to irritate others?

    Enthusiasm coupled with wisdom cannot irritate others. You need to be sensitive to others feelings and demands, and you need to respect them.Simultaneously, you cannot be oversensitive, because then you have to suppress yourself. Be somewhere on the ...
  5. Gurudev, in The Bhagavad Gita, Arjun asks Krishna to describe a person established in the Self. How does such a person walk, behave, etc. Does external behavior determine if a person is enlightened or not?

    Not really. This question can only be answered in affirmation or negation. If you ask me, does the love in someone’s heart reflect in their appearance and their behavior, the answer is yes. At the same time, appearances can be deceptive; sometimes ...
  6. Above Wordly Waters

    Gurudev, you talk about dispassion and equanimity, but when I let go of my defenses, I am becoming more sensitive. How to come out of it? Šri Šri Ravi Šankaras: Read Yoga Vasistha. You have to see that the whole world is just a dream. That will give you th ...
  7. Drop Judgments And Embrace All

    Gurudev, I am 28 years old and I feel very depressed and sad when guys reject me from a marriage point of view. Nobody sees my inner beauty, and spirituality is becoming beautiful on the inside. What is the point in becoming beautiful inside when people ju ...
  8. Who Is Responsible For Your Bad Experiences?

    Gurudev, I am very much confused about the caste system in our country. I belong to a Brahmin family from UP and I am in love with a person from a different caste. My father is opposing this. What should I do? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You weigh the pros and c ...
  9. Being A Good Life Partner

    Gurudev, can you please explain to me what Grace means. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: That is something which cannot be explained.When you feel that you have received something which is beyond your ability, beyond your capacity, then you say that it is a gift. Gra ...
  10. The Ways Of The Wise- #AskSriSri

    Gurudev, Different people have different notions of spirituality. Some think it is escapism, others think it is torturing oneself. What is spirituality according to you? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Anything that uplifts the human spirit is spirituality. Anything ...
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