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  1. Gurudev, I have been your devotee for the past 15 years, and life has become so wonderful. But many times this question comes to my mind, that what will I get by doing Sadhana, Seva, Satsang, Siddhi (extraordinary abilities) and Moksha (liberation)? What will come next?

    See, just remember this simple formula. Those who do not run feverishly behind joy and comforts attain Moksha. And those who do not hanker even for Moksha too, attain Divine Love and devotion. Once you have love, then you have truly acquir ...

  2. Gurudev, it is said, 'Sattvashuddhaira karyasidhhi' (Meaning: One achieves his desires by increasing purity and positivity, i.e., sattva). Is purifying one’s sattva sufficient to achieve what one desires, or is it one of the many factors for success?

    There is a verse in Sanskrit, 'Raviryartevantyam pratidinam-uparasya narabhasyah. Kriyasiddhir bhavati Sattve-mahatam nopakarane'.
    (From the Raghuvamsa by Sri Kalidasa)

    It means that one cannot achieve desires by < ...

  3. Gurudev, Who is the observer? Is our goal to merge with the observer?

    There is no goal, there is nothing to merge. It is there, that is it. Got it? What is there is there. In the present moment it is always there; the witness is there. Who is asking the question, that is the witness.

    All that you need ...

  4. Gurudev, Sir, I have very few desires, but what next, in the path of spirituality?

    : In the path of spirituality, what is next is contentment. When you have contentment, you are not burning with some small desire. If at all you have a desire, you have a very big desire, like, I want everyone to be happy, I want the whole world to b ...

  5. Gurudev, I am confused as to what is it that I really want. I come to the Ashram to ask for material things that I desire, but I end up asking for bliss and take it home. Bliss is good, but does that mean I won’t get material things in life?

    Many times you say that you want something, and then you cut your own wants, by saying, ‘No, I don’t want it!’ Your own sankalpa (an earnest wish or firm resolve) gets cut by your own vikalpas (doubts). When you really wa ...

  6. Gurudev, I don’t get the things I want the most. Is my want an impediment?

    Have patience. Three things are needed to achieve what you want.

    1.Real intention - There should be a real need to have whatever it is you want. Our wants keep changing, but if it is our need, we will get it. The want has to become ...

  7. Gurudev, there is a constant struggle between responsibilities and my personal desires. How do I create a balance?

    Well, when you say that is a constant struggle, then just let it be. When anything becomes constant, you get used to it. Then it is no longer a struggle. But anything is a struggle if you are not used to it.
    If you are used to something, then you cann ...
  8. Gurudev, why one should not have the desire for the fruits or results after doing one’s karma? Is it not but natural to feel so?

    Ok, the go ahead and keep the desire (Laughter). It is not said that you should not have the desire or expectation for the result. But you do not have any control over the result. If you get a thing even before the need/desire for it arises, it is a ...
  9. 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 ...
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