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  1. Gurudev, how do we increase our eligibility on the spiritual path?

    The thought that you would like to enhance your worthiness itself makes you move in that direction. When a person starts thinking, ‘I am very worthy’, that is when you should realise that he has some problem. When complaints sta ...
  2. What are your thoughts around using brain entrainment and bio feedback technology to increase the efficacy of meditation and speed up the process of awakening and enlightenment?

    It is okay. You can try it once in a while but not regularly. It is nice when fruits ripen naturally rather than you artificially ripen them. It does not taste that good when done in that manner. Anything organic is much better. What do you say? We are ...
  3. Dear Gurudev, the spiritual path can be very confusing at times. How do I know I am progressing?

    Every confusion means one old set of norms and ideas have broken down, and something new is coming up, so it is good. Never mind – don't worry about your progress. You are progressing – there is no way of regression o ...
  4. Lately, I feel a lot of distance towards my family and my friends. Is it the right thing to contact them directly again and speak to them?

    Just be spontaneous. Don`t put a concept in your mind saying 'I need to be this way or that way.' Just be spontaneous. You can`t force yourself to love someone, nor can you force yourself to stop loving someone. Just be natural. When you grow up ...
  5. Why is it that despite being on this path sincerely, an area of my life is not moving forward? I feel very unlucky. People who are around me, who are not on a spiritual path seem to be progressing well. Please advice, why is it so and how can I fix it?

    These are two issues1. Being on a spiritual path2. Gaining success in whatever work you are doingDon’t club them both. If you lose one, at least you have something else to hold onto. If you club them both, then you lose both. Thi ...
  6. What are the milestones on the spiritual journey? Are they the same for all?

    On the spiritual journey, there is no all. You don’t have to worry about others. You see what are your milestones. Are you being more confident? More calm?If you are confident then you will not lose your temper. Losing temper is the sign ...
  7. Dear Gurudev, you have said that once we are on the path we should just relax as you are doing all the work. What does this mean?

    I say many things at many times, don’t take it of out context. You should keep it in context. I have said, ‘Till you catch a train you have to run, once you have caught the train, relax with your luggage. Just by you running inside the train ...
  8. Gurudev, I have heard of this thing called Guru Mandala. What is Guru Mandala? Is it good for us sadhaks?

    Guru Mandala refers to the several circles (that you have to cross) before you reach the centre. It refers to the many attractions, many temptations, many repulsions and all that which makes you stronger. If you pass all that, you come to the cent ...
  9. Dear Gurudev, please can I do tantra sadhana. Do you mind it? I am doing one of the Dus mahavidya sadhanas.

    See, I tell you, there are not many people who know the ten mahavidyas. So you don’t need to do any of those. You simply relax and listen to some chanting. The Art of Living has released so many chants, and they are all a part of that only.Th ...
  10. Gurudev, I love spiritual practices and the atmosphere. It makes me feel balanced and fulfilled to be around spiritually evolved people and their activities. Is it possible to make a career out of spiritual practices? If yes, what would you advise me?

    You know, spiritual practices cannot be made into a career but The Art of Living does provide many opportunities. We have many schools, institutions, universities and we have an employment exchange bureau. So you are most welcome to come and register wi ...
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