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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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’ ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. Every time you are confused you grow one step higher

    Mon, 01/02/2012
    Are our emotions linked with age? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes. They are linked with hormones in the body and they are also linked with time, age and so many other factors. Gurudev, when are you going to come to my city? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Oh, don’t ask m ...
  8. How to tell someone to do basic course when you know it is very good for them?

    Yes, I also don’t know. You think of ways of how you can convince someone to do it. Best is not to explain too much, simply tell them that it is very good, just do it. Two sentences are good, ‘it is something which is very good and I did it and you al ...
  9. If you don’t feel attached to the fruit of action, how can you leave people? This is a puzzle for me.

    Yes, if you are attached to the fruit of action it can cause feverishness. Like a farmer; you know what the farmer does? He ploughs the soil and throws the seeds. He is not anxious to pick up each seed every day to see has it sprouted or not. Then it ...
  10. How can I have more confidence?You are in the right place. Keep doing these things, asanas, pranayama, meditation will bring up the confidence.

    You are in the right place. Keep doing these things; asanas, pranayama, meditation will bring up the confidence. ...
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