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  1. Gurudev, Lust, desire, anger, attachment and greed, are all these created by human beings or God?

    God has put these tendencies in our lives for us to rise above them. Without this there is nothing else in life to do.
    We have also been given the wisdom and the tools to rise above them. So the solution has been given first and then the problem and w ...
  2. Gurudev, in the name of devotion some people pierce needles on their tongue and other parts of the body. Is it right to torture ourselves in the name devotion?

    No, this is not correct. Nowhere in the scripture does it say that you should do these torturous things. The Divine dwells in every heart and no one should torture oneself in order to please the Divine. ...
  3. Gurudev, I have seen the Bhagavad Gita and it is a fat book. How did Lord Krishna explain all the 700 shlokas in the Bhagavad Gita on the battle field?

    Sometimes you don’t need so many words to communicate. Communication happens faster, but when written it becomes longer. In those days wars would go on for many days. Mahabharata war also went on for many days and the preparations were for many days. So it ...
  4. Gurudev, What is Prayaschit?

    ‘Prayas’ means become young again. ‘Chit’ means your mind becoming young again. Your chitta, mind or consciousness becomes old when it is bogged down by regrets. To remove the regrets becoming new and young again is what Prayaschit is.
    I did a mistake ...
  5. Gurudev, Guruji you have said feelings are emotional garbage. Should we not share our feelings with our loved ones?

    Yes, you can share your feelings but don’t dwell on them too much.
    Observe if by you sharing your feelings whether you are doing any good to yourself or your love ones. Suppose you are not feeling good and you keep telling your friends that, are they ...
  6. Gurudev, how do I know that I am doing what you expect me to do? Am I on the right path? At times I feel very weak and cry a lot. How can I stop my tears?

    When you feel weak I am with you as your strength, you are not alone. Whenever you feel weak, know that you are not alone.
    Be clear with what you want in your life and what you want to do. Then plan and move on those plans.
    Sitting and crying bei ...
  7. Gurudev, please tell me, what is my role in this life with respect to you? I want to do just that and not yearn for some role which you have not assigned to me.

    See what you can do. Make a list of all that you can do and I tell you, you can do more than what you write down. So first make your own list. ...
  8. Gurudev, who is a Yogi?

    One who is not a Bhogi. One who is not always harping on things outside.
    A Yogi is one who is resting in the being; uniting with the self. One who is equanimous come what may. When pleasant things come a yogi does not get too excited and jump to the ...
  9. Gurudev, Jai Gurudev Guruji, since I have come to the Art of Living there is one question that is troubling my mind, ‘who am I’?

    This is a very good thing. You are fortunate that this question is troubling you. Now have a little patience. Keep asking yourself, ‘who am I’ and do seva. ...
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