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  1. Dear Gurudev, how to understand when to let things happen and when to put an effort to change it?

    Be spontaneous. If you make mistakes learn from them, and when you do something right, feel good about it. When you do something right, share it with others. When you do something wrong share that also with others. Tell them, "I made this mistake, ...
  2. My dear Gurudev, we often commit mistakes and when we do so, you punish us. But when we do not realize that it was a mistake, what do we do?

    Listen, I do not punish anyone. I do no such thing at all. You simply bear the effect of what you did. That’s all. There is cause and effect. If you overeat too much food, then I will not punish you. It is you who will get a tummy ache, or you get ...
  3. Dear Gurudev, how can we free ourselves from guilt?

    See, if you have done a mistake in the past, it was at the time when you had no knowledge, when you are ignorant. A mistake done in ignorance should not be considered at all – it is done, gone, finished. You are a new person now, move on. As long ...
  4. Gurudev, does a Guru punish a disciple?

    Why should a Guru punish? He doesn’t need to punish. If you do something wrong, you will face the consequences naturally. The Guru doesn’t have to do the job of punishing, he only wishes that you grow out of your misery. And if you do mistak ...
  5. I have misbehaved and now I feel very sad about it. My family is also suffering. I keep thinking of the past and I can’t get rid of it. Please tell me what to do.

    What is the surety that you will take my advice and do what I say?If you would have taken it, you would have done it already. You don’t take my advice, so what can I do?Come on drop it! Some karma, something made you misbehave, and it is f ...
  6. Gurudev, please explain in detail about Saama, Daama, Danda and Bheda (referring to the four ways of persuasion or dealing with people).

    These are four ways of persuasion:When someone does something wrong or misbehaves with us, what do we do? First, we gently make them understand how they are wrong. Many people unknowingly commit a mistake, so once they understand that they are makin ...
  7. Gurudev, it is said that Lord Krishna forgave the 100 wicked deeds of his cousin Shishupala. But when Shishupala committed the 101th wicked deed, Lord Krishna hurled the Sudarshan Chakra (the Lord’s divine discus) and beheaded him. If Lord Krishna had tried warning Shishupala at the 99th deed, maybe he would have stopped. Please speak about this.

    Lord Krishna gave a warning every time a wrong deed was done.In fact, despite warning him the 99th time also, when Shishupala did not stop, Lord Krishna had to take that step of beheading him. It is not that Lord Krishna forgave him without making h ...
  8. Gurudev, sometimes I feel guilty for not feeling guilty. If I don’t feel guilty will the law of karma have any effect?

    You don't need to worry about it. You don't have to force guilt on yourself. Actually the case is, deep inside you are feeling guilty. But you are trying to brush it off, and this is what the problem is. If you really don’t feel guilty, you will n ...
  9. Gurudev, sometimes I feel guilty for not feeling guilty. If I don’t feel guilty will the law of karma have any effect?

    You don't need to worry about it. You don't have to force guilt on yourself. Actually the case is, deep inside you are feeling guilty. But you are trying to brush it off, and this is what the problem is. If you really don’t feel guilty, you will n ...
  10. In Europe, we say that the Pope cannot make mistakes, and that he is infallible. Are you too infallible as a Guru, or do you also make mistakes?

    When you are spontaneous and aligned to the Nature, then mistakes do not happen. Now I can make mistakes if I try to speak in French! (Laughter) I do not know how to repair the television but I can certainly try. I might make a few mistakes here ...
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