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  1. Gurudev, Whom should we pray to, you or God? Will you transfer our prayers to God or go to you directly?

    Prayer is innate. It’s not something that you do with your mind or is in your mind. It’s something that happens automatically when you need help. Do not make an effort to pray. Relax. There is only one God who works through everyone. Whomsoever you addres ...
  2. Gurudev, Jai Gurudev Guruji, Indian higher education has moved away from Indian roots and has been captured by commercial educational barons. Doesn’t it need to be redeemed and if so how?

    There could be many ways. You think. You all sit and brain storm what we can do, how we can change the education system. Education should have more compassion, not commerce. Of course it has to sustain, anything you make should have a self sustaining model ...
  3. Gurudev, What do you think about anti-depressants?

    Be in knowledge. Listen to knowledge and do your practices every day. Then you cannot get into depression. Follow medical advice and go gradually. Join a team, do seva. When you have nothing to do, you think about yourself and get depressed. ...
  4. Gurudev, I have learned how to manage my emotional problems, please tell me how to endure extreme physical pain, my leg hurts a lot.

    See, when your leg is paining and you are watching TV for two hours, you forget that your leg is paining, isn’t it. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. If there is pain in the body, that happens sometimes here and there, do some Yoga Nidra, get mass ...
  5. Gurudev, I am an astrologer. Is it okay to listen to the problems of people and would that affect me in any way?

    No, you are astrologer and the work of an astrologer is very good. You can give people some direction, this will be beneficial. Sometimes people have Ashtama Guru, Ashtama Shani. Make them aware that they have Ashtama Guru, and they need to be a little ...

  6. Gurudev, My boss is very adamant. We have had many conflicts. How do I handle him?

    Very easy. Say whatever you want to say the other way around. I want to tell you a small story. This person’s wife was very adamant. She would always do the opposite of what the husband said. The husband was desperate and went to a Swami for advice. The ...
  7. Gurudev, are there many other planets where there are many other Gurujis or are you the only Gurudev of the universe?

    Yes, why do you want to worry about other planets now? I think I am enough for you to handle.

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  8. Gurudev, The more I gain knowledge from sadhana, seva and satsang, my faith in worshiping idols and visiting physical temples is going down. What is that Gurudev?

    Yes. it is okay that you don’t go to temple after temple. Wherever you are, you meditate and you find the divinity. The Divine is everywhere. You don't have to run to temples. That is the first stage; you have crossed that stage and have come ...

  9. Gurudev, India is compassionate with Pakistan. Pakistan does not seem to like India much. America pretends to love both but actually does not love anyone. It is a very complicated love triangle. Will it ever get sorted out, what should India do?

    Just continue to do what it has been doing, wait and watch. India and US are naturally partners. We both have liberty, secularism, democracy. Artificially, they are partnering with Pakistan and it is not working out as much as it should. So there is a b ...

  10. One Divinity, one humanity, celebrating differences, this is our sacred duty

    Sat, 02/07/2011
    Excerpts of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s speech at the World Culture Festival, Berlin, July 2-3. This event celebrates 30 years of The Art of Living. I am so happy to be here in this city where the walls came down between people, it is time walls come down betwe ...
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