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  1. Gurudev, is the desire to become enlightened an impediment to enlightenment? Is the desire to be enlightened a bad thing?

    No, it need not be an impediment. Feverishness about it could be an impediment, but desire is okay. If it is there already, then what do you do? ...
  2. Gurudev, King Janaka and Buddha both got enlightened. While King Janaka continued to be surrounded by all the wealth and comforts, Buddha lived the life of a monk, so is there a difference? Are there different levels of self-realization?

    Not at all. If there is a difference then it is not enlightenment at all. The mind does not depend on what clothes you wear. Whatever you wear on the outside, you will still remain the same inside. So self-realization is the inner awakening, it has n ...
  3. Gurudev, Gurudev there’s a saying that every human being should be born once in India to get mukti (enlightenment). Why is it so?

    No, nothing like this is written anywhere. The whole world is yours, there is no boundary in spirituality. ‘Skrunvantho Viswam Aryam’, let’s make the whole world a noble and an ideal society. ...
  4. Gurudev, How does one know if it is false enlightenment, or one is really enlightened?

    There is nothing called false enlightenment. Enlightenment is there in your nature. Just like there is rice inside the paddy, knowledge is there within, you just need to remove the skin. Once this skin is removed, you will feel that you are not the bo ...
  5. Gurudev, I read that one needs to experience all 5 bodies in order to go beyond, or to get enlightenment. Why is this a scary thought? When I imagine myself expanding or when I actually experience it, I get scared?

    Don’t worry, just relax. That is why you need a teacher in the spiritual realm, so that teacher is there, and says, ‘Don’t worry, I am here.’ When you hear that from the teacher, ‘Don’t worry I’m here’, you get the confidence to move on. ...
  6. Gurudev, Why is India the favorite destination for enlightened masters? Is there some secret in the land?

    Well, it is not that only India had masters. No! The word California comes from a Rishi called Kapila Rishi. He was the previous incarnation of Lord Krishna. He was born in California, and lived there for a long time. The place was called Kapila ...
  7. Gurudev, Gurudev you have said that being alive after getting enlightenment (bodh) was the tapasya(penance or austerities) of King Janak. Is it possible to do tapasya even after enlightenment?

    I said that after getting enlightened, doing bhog (indulging or engaging the senses) is tapasya. I did not talk about living after enlightenment. Before enlightenment Yog is tapasya and after enlightenment Bhog is tap ...
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