Devotion

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  1. 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 ...

  2. Gurudev, 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. ...
  3. Gurudev, 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 ...
  4. Gurudev, what is the solution for the unbearable pain because of the love towards you? What to do?

    Start writing; some poems may come. Start working on some projects. Do service (seva); teach and dwell in knowledge. All this will help bring the creativity out of longing. ...
  5. Gurudev, I felt very bad to see you cry on Guru Purnima Day.

    No, tears do not come only because one is troubled; tears also come out of love.
    I was just reflecting everybody there. Everybody there was crying, so tears came out of this body also.
    On Guru Purnima, everybody was filled with so much gratitude, ...
  6. Gurudev, even after meeting you I do not feel satisfied. I still desire to meet you, again and again. How do I fill myself up with you so completely that I never have the desire to meet you again?

    Oh! I don’t know how you can do this. Till today I have been seeing this happen with everyone; it is a sign of devotion.
    If you look at it in one way, there is no fulfillment in devotion, and if you look at it ...
  7. Gurudev, how does one become totally surrendered to God (Saranagati)? Please explain in detail.

    Wake up and see that nothing is yours; nothing that you have belongs to you, then you become totally surrendered (Saranagati).
    Or, see all that you have received, even when you were not deserving of it then also you become totally surrendere ...
  8. Gurudev, Devotion and Surrender are said to be signs of intelligence. But both Devotion and Surrender are beyond the intellect. Then how can they be its identifying features?

    See, truth is not of one type alone. Truth has many facets. So you can both prove and disprove any principle. Take any principle; you can prove it as both, correct and incorrect also. Both are possible, okay!
    Think about it! If you feel it is right t ...
  9. Gurudev, I used to experience a lot of devotion, but it seems to have diminished with time. After listening to your talks on the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, I realized that it is not my nature. Could you please tell me how I can feel the same devotion again?

    Devotion is always there, but sometimes the clouds come in. Faith goes down and up with time. But if it goes down don’t think that it is going to be down there forever. It will go up again.
    This is the nature of the mind because the mind goes up and ...
  10. Gurudev, why do I cry in satsangs and in some of The Art of Living Courses?

    Why do you cry? I think you should laugh, isn’t it? Smile!
    There is a shloka (verse) in the Upanishad which says, ’Bidhyanti hridaya granthi, Chidyanthe sarva samshayaha. Ksheenatechaasya karmani, Yasmin driste paraavare.’
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