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  1. Gurudev what is Ananya Sharan Bhaava (single minded devotion)? How does one acquire that?

    Don’t get into the circle of acquiring this. Know that it is already inside you. Don’t do spiritual shopping. Sometimes people might tell you, 'Come to this place and bring a black purse with you, and you will get all this luck or power', don’t get in ...
  2. : Gurudev, being a bhakt (devotee), I only love to do bhakti (devotion). Am I escaping from my responsibilities? Are there any responsibilities of a bhakt?

    Oh, yes. Bhakti doesn't means irresponsibility, bhakti means total responsibility. You cannot say, 'Oh, I love plants but I don't want to do anything about it. I love people but I don't want to do anything for people', no. When you love ...
  3. Gurudev what is Ananya Sharan Bhaava (single minded devotion)? How does one acquire that?

    Don’t get into the circle of acquiring this. Know that it is already inside you. Don’t do spiritual shopping. Sometimes people might tell you, 'Come to this place and bring a black purse with you, and you will get all this luck or p ...
  4. Gurudev, I have a lot of knowledge but very little devotion. How do I go from knowledge towards devotion?

    First stop thinking that you have little devotion. Who says that you do not have devotion? It is there and in abundance. It can never be less. If you want it grow more, read the Narada Bhakti Sutra (A scripture on aphorisms of Divine Love by Sage Na ...
  5. Why is devotion a necessary part of enlightenment? Is there conflict between detachment and devotion?

    Devotion is the juice of life. Why do you want to love anybody in the world? Imagine life without love. It is like being a robot. Devotion adds flavor and makes life richer. ...
  6. Gurudev, just being in your presence is so amazing. Why do we need all these meditation practices? Is it necessary to be regular with it?

    Yes, so that you have something to do and I have something to do. There are four levels. First is Sanidhya which means feeling the presence. Then Samipya, feeling close to the Guru or to the Divine. The feeling of clo ...
  7. Gurudev, what is your message that we should take back home?

    Listen, this is like coming to a super market and asking, ‘What is it that I should take back home?’ (Laughter) What do you think the staff will say? They will tell you, ‘Take whatever you can’. So everything is available here (at the Ashram), ...
  8. Gurudev, I want to know how far I have progressed in my spiritual development. These days I have even stopped running behind your car. Does this mean that I have grown spiritually, or does this mean that my devotion towards you has decreased?

    This only you can know. Once you have come on this path, you will progress. You will only move forward. See, do not measure your growth by whether or not you run behind my car. Never do that. How centered have you become? This is what you need t ...
  9. Please tell us the way to attain never-ending and unshakable devotion.

    Assume that you have unshakable devotion. Sage Narada says in the Bhakti Sutras that devotion is not an object that can be obtained. If you drop all the doubts, devotion is already there. ...
  10. My dear Gurudev, whenever I look into my heart I find you there. You have hooked me, booked me and cooked me. Please tell me what dish you are trying to make out of me.

    Listen! You are wonderful, you are so complete and that is how you could feel that intense emotion. One who does not have the bhaav (intense feeling) cannot even enjoy the bliss, and cannot enjoy peace. If someone is stuck in the intellect, the ...
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