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  1. Gurudev, As a biologist I believe that both our genes and the environment affect who we are for generations. What’s the connection between DNA, spirituality, our practices and enlightenment?

    Yes, the connection between matter and spirit is very strong, very dear, and definitely very deep. You know one Dr. Fari, he’s doing research on DNA. Dr. Fari in Oslo University is doing research on the affect of Sudarshan Kriya on DNA and he found some ...
  2. Gurudev, in a marriage one person is on the path and the other person is not. Does this end up being an impediment to the spiritual growth of the person who is on the path? This is my situation and sometimes I’m not able to do as much for the Art of Living as I would like to.

    No, gently keep influencing your partner skillfully. First influence the close friends of your partner. You know sometimes as a spouse if you directly tell your spouse to do this then the block comes, ‘no I won’t, who are you to tell me. I don’t want to an ...
  3. Gurudev, Guruji I very much enjoyed the hollow and empty meditations on the advance course, but I have a question. Why we are not allowed to do them at home? Why can’t we have home CDs of hollow and empty meditations?

    There are a number of other CDs which are good enough to do at home. Number of CDs I have made. I’ve even spoken in many languages; I’ve spoken in Mongolian, spoken in Russian. In my free time this is what I do. I learn those languages, Mongolian, Russian ...
  4. Gurudev, (A member of the audience asked a question and it was not audible)

    And you’ve already taken a step. You’ve asked this question, at least in that you are not that shy. One thing I want to tell you. Don’t think in your mind what will Guruji think about me, whether he will think this or that. Don’t try to impress me. I neve ...
  5. Gurudev, (A member of the audience asked a question and it was not audible)

    You know it’s there for a purpose. See many people come to the path because they have some pain but not all. Some people come to the path out of curiosity. Some come seeking knowledge. Quite a bit of the population wants relief from pain so they come to th ...
  6. Gurudev, Guruji what is the best technique for cultivating self love. I find it easier to kinder to others than to myself. When I start to praise myself and feel joyous, I come into contact with others who are not happy and I feel guilty for feeling happy.

    See, self is love. You think you don’t love yourself and then you try to love yourself and that is the biggest blunder. Who says you don’t love yourself? It is just a concept when you think you don’t love yourself, and it seems to be very real. Just relax ...
  7. Gurudev, Jai Gurudev, personally I have a hard time connecting to concepts like the Divine or Supreme Consciousness or God. Can agnostic or atheist become an Art of Living teacher?

    Definitely, don’t worry as long as you acknowledge there is form and there is formless and the world is an interplay of form and formless. You did this meditation, did you all enjoy? Was it good? You don’t have to see God with a nose, with hair, with a be ...
  8. Gurudev, do you ever get concerned about some of your followers that get too fanatical about being close to you? It seems to me that they’re willing to pass on their enlightenment in order to be with you.

    Listen, now focus on yourself. Why do you focus on what others do? There are so many people that do so many things in the world. It’s my headache and their headache, now why do you want to make that as your headache also? I keep telling them don’t bow dow ...
  9. Gurudev, in the discourses that we saw on advanced course you talked about emotions in different parts of the body. When I go back home if I feel a strong emotion in my body like greed what can I do to move it out of the system?

    Emotions come and go, why you have to bother so much. Even if I tell you something, when the emotions come you will forget all about that. It’s useless to be preparing for it. You know they just come and they go, just relax. I don’t want to give you sugges ...
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