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  1. Gurudev, You spoke about competition and that it brings out the best in you. However in business we find that dichotomy between compassion and competition and that at times can be confusing. Would you be able to guide us on an issue like this?

    See, competition is very good. But if you are competitive and you are not caring for any of the rules then you are in trouble. But competition within the framework of rules is very good. So ethical competition is what we need to aspire for. You don’t need ...
  2. Gurudev, (A member of the audience asked a question and it was inaudible)

    Is there any possibility that everyone should doubt you? You do not have to recognize that they doubt you. You be very natural. You’re trying to impact them or make them understand that they could trust you will not help. ...
  3. Gurudev, When state and government organizations say that they are secular then it makes sense, but is secularism for common man a virtue worth pursuing?

    Secularism means to treat everyone with equality. Secularism does not mean religiosity or irreligiousness. Secularism means what? To view everyone as equal and that is there in our country, in our dharma. Does that answer your question? ...
  4. Gurudev, (A member of the audience asked a question and it was inaudible)

    You know Part I course has a good effect right and everybody enjoyed and there are more people who want to learn! So teachers’ training is meant for that. So, you can take a teachers’ training. Only then you can teach. ...
  5. Gurudev, can you speak about Yoga Vasistha?

    Listen, Yoga Vasistha is a very big thing. If we take it up, it will get very late. Yoga Vasistha needs to be read again and again, reading it once won’t work. If you read it every two to three years, something altogether different will come up. Okay! Read ...
  6. Everything changes, but inside us there is an element that does not change. Just know this and accept all the changes.

    Gurudev, (A member of the audience asked a question and it was inaudible) Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: ‘Swaastika’ symbolizes the cycle. ‘Swaastha’ means established in the Self. ‘Swaastika’ means that which is healthy for humanity; that which contains all the fo ...
  7. Gurudev, (A member of the audience asked a question and it was inaudible)

    This influence of karma affects body and mind. But, what was said in the Ashtavakra, in reality these are all external things. The effect of karma does not touch you at all. This matter is one step ahead; so both are true. See, do you ever feel that, ‘I n ...
  8. Gurudev, (A member of the audience asked a question and it was inaudible)

    See love is not an emotion; it is just your state of being. So you don’t have to be wiggly, wiggly, goody, goody in order to be in love. You can be very straight-forward, strict, to-the-point and gentle and caring. So you don’t have to worry that this is n ...
  9. Gurudev, I have learnt the principle, ‘accpet people and situations the way they are’, but I am not able to apply it in all my situations.

    No, see! When you learn this principle you don’t have to apply everything immediately. You will see automatically this will start getting translated. Yes, impact will be there. You know, if you are getting upset, the mind will say, ‘Accept the situations’ ...
  10. Gurudev, which do we attend to first, the mind or the body?

    Okay between ears and eyes, which should be used first? When watching television, do you use both simultaneously or one after the other? It is not as though we decide, ‘I will watch first, then I will listen.’ Similarly, we will need to attend to both body ...
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