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  1. When can a householder walk away from his wife to take up Sanyas?

    With her permission only! If your wife says, ‘you can go, do whatever you want to’, then you do whatever you want to. But if you have responsibility, better fulfil that, isn’t it! ...
  2. I don't need to catch you because you all belong to me

    Tue, 01/10/2012
    The very meaning of Kailash is where there is only celebration, only joy, nothing else besides it. In the same way, Vaikunth is where Narayana resides, means a place where there is no lack of anything. Everything is in abundance, and there is all prosperit ...
  3. Dear Guruji, in today's engineering institutions we have to study almost 54 subjects to complete our degree. In the ancient time like in Nalanda University, did students have to study so many subjects? Please do something about it.

    Yes, people were very studious. Those days, students never got time to do any entertainment. There is a proverb that says, 'if you are a student then there is no happiness, joy for you and if you are in the pursuit of pleasure then you cannot be a student. ...
  4. Intuition means that which simply comes up beyond reason

    Mon, 01/09/2012
    Dear Guruji, I find it difficult to be natural with everyone. You have said we are closer to the Divine when we are natural. How can I be natural? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: What makes you unnatural is the fear that somebody may criticize you. Someone may thin ...
  5. Many festivals are celebrated in Nepal by animal sacrifices. Do we have such practices mentioned in our sacred texts as well? How do we bring about a shift?

    Education! You have to educate people. Nowhere in the scriptures does it say that you should kill an animal to please Gods and Goddesses. No! ‘Ahimsa paramo dharma’. You should not sacrifice any animal. You know what has happened in the world amo ...
  6. One day death is going to rob you of everything

    Wed, 12/28/2011
    Dear Guruji, a lot of times I have hurt myself because of lack of knowledge. I have not improved much but at least I see what I have done. How do I stop torturing myself? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: When you know what you did in the past was not correct, then yo ...
  7. Dear Guruji, how to get or feel more self confidence in life?

    How to get more self confidence in life? There is no way!! No chance for you to get it, that’s it. If you don’t have it, you don’t have it! If a rabbit wants to have horns, I would say no chance. If you think you need to get one like those, like an an ...
  8. Let go and take refuge in the quiet corner of your heart

    Tue, 01/03/2012
    How to overcome insecurity? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Insecurity is because you feel there is nobody for you. Wake up and see there is so much humanness, there is so much love in the world, and you don’t need to feel insecure. You are walking in the street an ...
  9. Collect back the scattered mind into its own identity

    Thu, 12/29/2011
    Dear Guruji, can you please explain this sentence, ‘Only when you see that nothing has a purpose, the real purpose begins.’ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You say a sentence and you want me to comment on that? Why don’t you yourself comment? I would say we shouldn’ ...
  10. Gurudev, when there is a lot of knowledge existing around us, then why are the five points of the basic course chosen as the main principles of The Art of Living? What is their specialty?

    The main basic five principles are essential. They are like the foundation stone. The first is to see that opposite values are complimentary, then the mind becomes settled and equanimity is established. The second is to accept other people as the ...
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