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  1. When natural calamities happen, is there God's hand in natural calamities, or does man play a role?

    It is both. Sometimes it is a mystery; you cannot explain how it is happening. And many other times, we have not been kind to nature. We have been exploiting it beyond the limit. And that is why nature responds in a furious manner.

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  2. Gurudev, How can I fully accept and commit to my profession when I feel spending my life doing seva (service).

    You can balance between seva (service) and your personal and professional life. You can do both.
    At one point in time, when you feel you don’t want to do anything but just want to dedicate (your life) for the sake of the world, then do it.
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  3. Gurudev, if a person feels hurt by the divine where does one go?

    There is nowhere to go! It is impossible that the Divine hurts you!

    There is a beautiful couplet in Kannada that we used to learn in school. It says, the more you squeeze sugarcane, sweeter is the juice that comes. The more you cut a diamond, the more i ...

  4. Gurudev, a related question. Should we do something to keep those rivers that alive from drying up?

    For rivers that are still flowing and have not dried up, we need to protect their water from getting polluted. There is so much work that needs to be done to fight water pollution. We all will have to join in and contribute towards this cause.
    Rivers ...
  5. Gurudev, why was the Kumudvathi river chosen to be revived? How many villages benefitted from this?

    See, we have to begin somewhere. So we chose one river and started work. There are so many rivers that have dried up, and we are taking up the relief work gradually. For example in Maharashtra, we took up relief work for the river Dharani and five other ri ...
  6. Gurudev, in the past few years there seems to be an increase in natural calamities like tsunamis, earthquakes, tornados and floods. Will there be a way to completely avert these happenings through sadhana, meditation or yagya?

    When people are putting so many of these dynamites under the earth, drilling mountains and mining, the earth reacts. We must care for nature. People are not caring enough for nature.
    One of the reasons for tsunami is said to be the cutting of so many ...
  7. Gurudev, An unprecedented calamity hit Kedarnath and thousands of people lost their lives and have been misplaced. All of them went to the pilgrim to pray and have faced this calamity. The faith of many people may be shaken at this stage. How do we deal with this?

    First of all, let us understand that God is impartial. Nature is impartial. It does not see what is mine and what is yours. God is not living only in Kedarnath. He is all over. He is in your heart. He is everywhere.

    The pilgrim spots where many tourist ...

  8. Gurudev, Why is everyone different and not the same?

    Why should everyone be the same?
    If we will feed you only potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and that too, the same preparation of potato, will you like it?
    Why do you wear different colors of clothes? You should wear the same clothes ever ...
  9. Gurudev, My dearest Gurudev, how can I be more like you? What tips can you give me to grow more into my true nature?

    Just turn back and see how much you have grown. Look back and see, what the state of your mind was before you took the Basic Course. Can you relate to that person who never did meditation and who you are now? Notice that big difference! This is good enough ...
  10. Gurudev, Please tell us about the importance of offering food (Prasad) to the Divine before eating. Also please tell us the authentic way of offering food. Is there any mantra needed?

    When a lady cooks food at home, the first thing she does is takes out a spoon of rice, or dal, or whatever she cooks, and puts it outside in the garden for the birds, for the ants, and for the creatures. The significance of this is to say that the envi ...

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