Happiness

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  1. Gurudev, it is said that wisdom is to have a smile on your face even in bad times. Should I put on a fake smile? I don't feel very good when I do this.

    There is a proverb in America which says, ‘Fake it till you make it’.When in difficult times, you experience pain. I am not saying you should never express the pain that you are experiencing, and fake it with a smile, no! If you feel the ...
  2. Gurudev, in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says 'Anityam asukham lokam imam prapya bhajasva mam'. We can understand the anityam (temporary) aspect of this world, but why is it called as asukham (sorrowful)?

    That which is temporary is sorrowful. Anityam means which does not exist permanently. See, before getting a position, a person is worried about getting the position. After he gets the position, he keeps worrying about holding on to it. And when ...
  3. Gurudev, How to deal with wishes? I wish to have a child, which after many tries is still unfulfilled.

    Whether a desire is fulfilled or not, just be happy. Don’t cling onto a desire. Because whenever a desire is fulfilled, it leaves you in the same place that you were before the desire arose. Not all desires can be fulfilled. Some get fulfille ...
  4. Gurudev, receiving unconditional love from you has become such a habit that whenever I get into a relationship, I look for the same love in the other person, and none of the relationships work out for me. What do I do?

    Actually, I am not qualified to speak about the secret of relationships! However, I will tell you this, you may pour all your love on somebody, but you should also see how much love they can take. When water is falling with a lot of force ...
  5. Gurudev, you have given me more than what I deserve. I feel that whatever I do for you, it is nothing. It is my wish that you demand something from me.

    Yes, you be happy and make everybody happy. There is so much work you can do in this world. Spread knowledge, spread smiles and spread happiness. This knowledge is so beautiful and so relevant. See to it that this knowledge reaches many more people. ...
  6. Gurudev, I am presently a yoga teacher. My biggest problem is how to inspire people? People are not inspired. What is the best advice you could give a teacher to inspire people.

    Ask them these three things: Do you want to be happy? Do you want to be healthy? Do you want to have more time in your day-to-day life? If yes, come do yoga. You give me 1 minutes, I will give you two hours. If you do 10 minutes of yoga, you get energy w ...
  7. Gurudev, my husband loves me a lot, and still he does not miss a single opportunity to count my negative qualities. My enthusiasm goes down. What should I do?

    You should behave differently. Give him a surprise. If he counts your negative qualities, you shower a lot of love, affection, and praises on him! Tell him, ‘Wow, you said it absolutely right! This is what I wanted to hear!’ Don’t react the same ...
  8. Gurudev, if doing nothing brings us so much joy and happiness, then why should we do anything at all?

    Your nature is such that you cannot stay for too long without doing anything. You know, bliss is always found or realized in the contrast of events. When you are doing something and when you put in your 10% efforts, only then do you realize the ...
  9. Gurudev, if doing nothing brings us so much joy and happiness, then why should we do anything at all?

    Your nature is such that you cannot stay for too long without doing anything. You know, bliss is always found or realized in the contrast of events. When you are doing something and when you put in your 10% efforts, only then do you realize the ...
  10. Gurudev, Generally, people who do virtuous things are sad, and people who do vices are very contented and happy. They are praised in fact and well placed. How come?

    Do I look sad? Does Swamiji here look sad? Look, Swamiji is laughing. Look around; these are all common and ordinary people. Do they look sad to you? Don’t they all look happy here? Did you see in the kitchen, in the reception, people are happy, right ...
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