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  1. Gurudev, are love and devotion the same? What should I do if the person whom I love betrays my trust?

    Even then be grateful to God.
    What good is the faith that shakes? Faith is that which remains firm even during tough times. Suppose you place your trust in someone and got betrayed. Then just remind yourself that it is all a play of the Divine< ...

  2. Gurudev, I happened to meet an American diplomat who has been on the spiritual path for 40-45 years. He said that some saints have visions of a kingdom of God, which is blue. Millions of souls are hovering around to get inside the kingdom of God, but that is possible only through a master. I just wanted to know whether all this is true.

    In the Gita also it is said that, among the millions, only few will walk the path, and amongst the few who walk the path, only a few will come to know me well.

    Among these 8.4 million types of species on the planet, human species is only one. Af ...

  3. Gurudev, there are so many people who come on the path and then leave. Why does that happen? They are so involved and suddenly they stop coming.

    How many people have done that? There would be just a few, and there could be various reasons.
    Some people come on the path like going to a restaurant. After you eat in a restaurant, you don’t think about the restaurant for many hours, right? So they ...
  4. 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. ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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.

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  7. 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. ...
  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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? ...
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