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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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.’
  4. Gurudev, sometimes I wish that when I answer the doorbell I see you standing outside my door. I wish that when my phone rings it is you calling and I hear your voice. For someone who does sadhana regularly, everything is possible. So shall I wait for my wish to come true?

    Yes, absolutely. I will tell you something. One day, I left the Ashram and only one person accompanied me. We just left quietly and nobody knew where we went.
    So, we drove to a faraway village. On the way I asked the driver to stop the car outside a s ...
  5. Gurudev, what is the relation between knowledge and devotion? Can devotion be fruitful without knowledge?

    Now suppose you are fond of Rasgullas (a sweet) only then you will have a desire to eat it, right? How can you desire for something that you do not know anything about? How will you even desire or like it? So liking it is Bhakti.
    And wh ...
  6. Gurudev, These bodies don’t decay. They stay as they were.

    Yes, it is the devotion. The more devotion and love there is, it transforms every cell of our body and it creates such radiance. Wherever there is faith, miracles do happen. Don’t think the spirit is attached only to the body. The spirit is all permeating. ...
  7. Gurudev, in Kiev, there are bodies of more than a hundred holy men. Can you say something about it?

    Saint is not the body. Saint is the spirit. Body got formed out of all the vegetables, grains and all the food. It has been there from ages. Every atom of the body belongs to the planet Earth. It comes from it and goes back into it. But the spirit is very ...
  8. Gurudev, I have become free from materialistic things, desires and feverishness to a great extent, but when it comes to you, my thirst keeps increasing. What is the solution for this?

    It is okay. When one withdraws from the materialistic world, and moves towards the self, this is what happens. It brings some essence in life and life is not dull. The path is not dull. And there should be some essence (ras) in life, isn’t it? Othe ...
  9. Gurudev, I am not interested in spirituality or attaining enlightenment. I am only interested in you! How can I attain you?

    You are saying the same thing in a different manner that is all. I am spirituality and you can’t separate spirituality or enlightenment from me. That is impossible.
    In the ancient texts it’s called Dravya Guna Sambandha, the relation bet ...
  10. Gurudev, Can you speak on how devotion can transform the ego in order for the self to be realized?

    Listen, what is devotion? It is a state of Love.
    What is ego? It is a sense of separation and a boundary; a wall; an identity.
    Love seeks to dissolve the identity, love seeks to merge. Ego wants to maintain one sidedness. So they play different r ...
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