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  1. Dear 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. ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. Many great saints, though they attained enlightenment, did not give it directly to anybody. They just preached about the steps to attain it. Why does God not give enlightenment directly to everyone? Are samskaras (impressions) necessary for this?

    Samskaras are necessary. If you are here, it means that somewhere you had the interest and curiosity to come. Without that interest, how could you come here? So, a little bit of samskaras are necessary. However, only samskaras are ...
  5. Gurudev, is being in the state of love higher than enlightenment?

    Higher and lower, all these dissolves even much before. There is nothing higher or nothing lower; this ladder disappears. Just imagine you are in space, in the universe. Where is up and where is down? Where is east and west? There is nothing. The ...
  6. Dear Guruji, everything has its side effects. What are the side effects of enlightenment?

    There is no side effect but it is a straight effect. It impacts straight away. ...
  7. Is enlightenment achieved through meditation only?

    Is thirst quenched through water only? Is hunger quenched through food only? Or can you dance and get rid of your hunger? What do you say? Seva is essential; seva, meditation, all that are essential. ...
  8. According to the textbooks of University of Toronto it says that a woman has to reincarnate in the body of man to attain enlightenment. The text book says that this is written in the Vedas.

    Totally wrong! Immediately write to them a letter telling them this is wrong. It is not said like that anywhere in the Vedas. Let them give me a quotation. It is simply not true. Yes, it is what is called the Smritis, but the Smritis are ...
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