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  1. It is said, “Trikaalabadhit tat Satyam” (Truth is that which is beyond the three phases of time). But whatever has happened in the past does seem to have an effect on the present. And whatever does not exist in the present also seems to have some effect on life. Then how can we understand Truth to be beyond the three phases of time?

    Just think – the answer is hidden in the very question you have asked now. Situations keep changing all the time, and Truth is not that which changes with time (meaning: Truth stands the test of time). People also change with time. And thes ...
  2. Yoga Vasishtha emphasizes that personal effort is everything and Ishavasya Upanishad says, everything you get by personal effort is smaller than you. Can you please clarify.

    Truth is multi-dimensional and that is why you find it to be completely opposite. This is the beauty of the ancient wisdom; it accommodates completely opposite point of views, and both are true.It’s true that it is your effort at one level, ...
  3. Gurudev, I am a Muslim lady and I come from very far to listen to knowledge from you. The Koran is the base of our religion but I cannot identify myself with the Islam of today. But your words go deep into my being. Why?

    Our soul always looks for the truth and wherever it finds the truth, it resonates. When something feels right in your heart just listen to that, and go with that.All other conditioning of the mind, of philosophy, of religion and customs, keep on one ...
  4. Gurudev, this gross material world appears to be real, but it is actually unreal and temporary. It also appears to be full of misery and suffering. How can an object be both true and untrue at the same time?

    You have rightly said that it only appears to be real. In reality it is not.I will give you a simple example to understand this. Look at a flowing river. Would you call it ancient or new? Try answering this question for yourself.Now you w ...
  5. How can I stop telling lies and be open with my parents?

    You are already tired of telling lies, that’s why you want to stop it. Good, so you are on the right track. A point will come when you say, ‘My god, I can’t handle any more’, because if you keep telling so many lies you’ll forget what you’ve said before ...
  6. Gurudev, please elaborate upon the contradictory nature of truth.

    If you go to any temple in India, not only will you see idols of Gods and Goddesses, but you will also see the idols of many demons (representing negativity and delusion).Gods and Goddesses acquired their position because they were able to overcome ...
  7. Gurudev, in Chapter-14, verse 27 of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that He is also the primal cause of the Para-Brahman (Supreme all-pervading Consciousness) and He is also its very existence. This became a point of confusion among many learned scholars. Sri Adi Shankaracharya also got confused when he read this. Please throw some light on this.

    Lord Krishna gave knowledge in three different ways: the pratham purush (meaning to narrate as first person), madhyam purush (meaning to narrate as second person) and uttam-purush (meaning to narrate as the detached Seer or the Self). ...
  8. Gurudev, what is the secret behind Lord Krishna having succeeded the test of time (meaning to have become eternal)? Despite the passage of time, Lord Krishna is still alive in the hearts of people.

    Yes, this is a secret that you must unravel in your heart. You must discover this for yourself. Truth always wins in the end, and truth is eternal. It is never destroyed. This is why Lord Krishna is alive even after 5100 years. Why is this so? It is becaus ...
  9. Gurudev, my profession is such that I cannot get by without speaking lies. Is there any way by which I can do well in my profession without having to resort to telling lies?

    What profession is that? (Laughter) It sounds like the profession of a lawyer. See, there are many eminent and capable lawyers even today who do not take up cases which are not good (meaning cases of corrupt and false people); or cases which may har ...
  10. Gurudev, many people’s religions do not believe in reincarnation. Do such people attain liberation?

    Whether one believes or does not believe, does that ever change the Truth? The Truth is always as it is. If someone does not believe, then that is it! They just don’t believe it. That does not diminish the Truth in any way. The scientists today have pr ...
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