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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Above Wordly Waters

    Sat, 01/11/2014
    Bangalore, India 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? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Read Yoga Vasistha. You have to see that the whole world is just a dream. That ...
  6. Drop Judgments And Embrace All

    Thu, 02/13/2014
    Bangalore, India   Gurudev, what is the relation between God and Truth? And what should be the relationship between a master and a disciple? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: God is not somebody sitting in the heaven trying to give you a little finger which you want t ...
  7. Who Is Responsible For Your Bad Experiences?

    Thu, 02/20/2014
    Bangalore, India   Gurudev, what actually is prayaschit? How can one become free of one’s sins? Can one ever become free of guilt, or is one doomed to live with that? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: ‘Prayas’ means getting back to the original state; ‘chitta’ means c ...
  8. Being A Good Life Partner

    Fri, 02/21/2014
    Bangalore, India   What makes one a good life partner? What attributes to look for in a good life-partner? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: I have no idea, or experience. You should ask people who have been successful in finding a good life partner.Maybe you can try ...
  9. The Ways Of The Wise- #AskSriSri

    Sun, 02/23/2014
    Twitter Town Hall - Online Event (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) held a live town hall session on Sunday, February 23rd at the Art of Living Ashram in Bangalore to connect with followers real-time. From Bollywood celebrities to cricketers, Art of Living fo ...
  10. It Is All In The Present Moment

    Tue, 11/19/2013
    Bangalore, India Gurudev, there are two aspects to the present moment. One is that it is vast and infinite, as well as deep. There are so many things happening at the same instant. What is its other dimension or dimensions? Can you please explain? Sri Sri ...
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