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  1. Gurudev, How to go back to the source?

    Just by being quiet, unlearning and unwinding you will get back to the source. ...
  2. Gurudev, Does the soul have an aim?

    Yes, the soul definitely has an aim, to become one with the super-soul. The small mind's aim is to become one with the big mind.
    Every wave wants to wash the shore and become one with the ocean, which it already is! ...
  3. Gurudev, what can I rely on that can never be shaken?

    The Self. Why you want to rely on anything? Just relax!
    Relax and you will find that everything is falling in the right place.
    Anything that bothers you, just drop it here. Send it to me. I am with you, yes! ...
  4. Gurudev, what can I do to increase my capacity to take your blessings? How can I make my cup bigger?

    In the Advanced Course you all have heard of the Shatt Sampatti (Six wealths, or six-fold virtues)
    Sama (calmness or quietude of mind) 
    Dama (self-control or restraint of the senses)
      •Uparati ...
  5. Gurudev, what is the difference between self-inquiry and judging yourself? You sometimes tell us to stop judging, can you please elaborate?

    You should take the middle path.
    There are some who justify their actions all the time, and some who finds fault with themselves all the time. Both will create a sort of imbalance.
    You should take a middle path, where you can look into your actio ...
  6. Gurudev, there is a saying that a seeker should not mistake understanding for realization, and realization for liberation. Can you please explain this?

    Who said this? I do not have the habit of commenting on someone else’s sayings.
    Understanding is intellectual. Experience is subtler than that. And beyond experience is liberation – when you know you are not the experience but the experiencer
  7. Gurudev, In Yoga Vasistha, Lord Rama tells us that three worlds exist because of mind stuff. When the mind vanishes the worlds also vanish. What does he mean by mind stuff and how can the world exist because of the mind?

    This cannot be explained, this can only be experienced.
    Till the time it becomes your experience just take the words and don’t look for an explanation.

    If I say laddoo is sweet and if you ask, ‘How is laddoo sweet?’ I have no idea. I will say, ‘J ...

  8. Gurudev, What is the simple path for Self-realization?

    Meditation; introspection on ‘Who am I?’, and by knowing what you are not. ...
  9. Gurudev, kindly explain the meaning of Asangoham (a phrase often chanted by Gurudev in the advanced course).

    I am not this – that is what Asangoham means. For example, I am wearing the cloth, but I am not the cloth.
    The body is mine but I am not the body. I am not the thoughts, I am not the mind. Like this you go on to negate one by one all the layers ...
  10. Gurudev, I understand the importance of seva, but at the moment, nothing but knowing myself is important. And seva feels like a distraction to me. What to do?

    Does a baby want to know the mother? Does a baby want to make the mother an object of knowing? Does any baby ever ask the mother, ‘Mommy, where did you study? First tell me. Give me your introduction; show me your bio-data. Then I will love you.’
    A ba ...
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