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  1. Gurudev, please explain why there are so many paths for spirituality. How can I be sure of which one to choose?

    It is like asking, there are so many people, how do I know whom should I choose as a life partner. Listen to your heart. When your heart says this is right for me, then just walk in that. Not out of greed. ...
  2. Gurudev, Yoga Vasistha talks a lot about self-effort and you tell us to relax. I am unable to figure out what to apply when. In spirituality, when to do self-effort and when to relax?

    There are two things, Pravritti and Nivritti (action and relaxation). When you are in action, effort is needed and when you are in relaxation effortlessness is needed. They go hand in hand. But we do it the other way around. When we are ...
  3. Gurudev, Please explain why there are so many paths for spirituality. How can I be sure of which one to choose?

    It is like asking, there are so many people, how do I know whom should I choose as a life partner. Listen to your heart. When your heart says this is right for me, then just walk in that. Not out of greed. ...
  4. Gurudev, how can I intensify and speed up my spiritual quest? Is it possible to bring it on the fast track?

    Just wanting to be on fast track is itself is good enough. It means you are already there. The fact that there is passion and desire to grow spiritually is what makes a big difference. ...
  5. Gurudev, can you please tell us about the three stages in spiritual practice?

    Yes, there are three stages in practice: The first level, Anva Upaya, which includes pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting, exercises, and yoga. The second level, Shakta Upaya. This is much more subtle; it is the stillness that y ...
  6. Gurudev, Is it okay to mix different yoga techniques? Or should we find one way.

    No, don’t mix them, it becomes a hotch-potch. You have on your platter, such a wonderful program. All based on a single line of thought, a philosophy which is ancient yet profound, and still modern. So just follow one way. That’s the best. I’m saying t ...
  7. Gurudev, Why am I here? Why did I do this course? Am I normal?

    There are many standards of normality. From a lower standard, you may not be normal. From a higher standard you are normal. If from an even higher standard again, if you are not normal, then you need to be going up much more. So what do you mean by normal? ...
  8. Gurudev, Is this the right place for me? There is no way back to normal life. Even my husband who loves me couldn’t accept my activities in The Art of Living. He’s afraid that I’m going mad!

    Balance things. Don’t scare anybody. You need to balance life. Make people understand. This (The Art of Living) is not abnormal, this is a normal life; to be happy, to be centered and to spread the message of joy and happiness. We need to improv ...
  9. Gurudev, What is the purpose of Siddhis (paranormal powers)?

    Okay, when you want something, before the want arises if it is available to you, that is called siddhi. Suppose you want to get married and you don’t get anybody till you become 7, what do you do? That means there is no siddhi. Suppose, ...
  10. Gurudev, What did your parents think when you took up spirituality at such a young age?

    Oh! You want to hear about it? When I first came home, I had a beard. You should ask me why I grew a beard? I was in Delhi, at Beach Arbhatta, opposite to Kamal Theatre, teaching meditation there. People would come, because they had heard that Gurudev ...
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