Longing

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  1. Gurudev, when God itself has become a botheration, then what to do?

    Do not become a botheration for God!
    When you think God is your botheration, then you have become a botheration for God! This becomes a problem.
    Once a woman in Jamshedpur, or somewhere, was fasting for 8 days, and she said she will not ea ...

  2. Gurudev, over a period of time, there have been various emotions that have brought forth great literature, but those have been of negative emotions, like pain and longing and it does not feel apt. I feel one can go into greater levels of the positive side. How can I use both?

    You must remember that people are very different. We are not in a homogenous society, we are in a very heterogeneous society. Even within an individual, he is not the same throughout; his moods change, his feelings change.
    For example, when someone wa ...
  3. Gurudev, how to manage the feeling of loneliness? How to come out of the feeling that nobody needs me?

    You know, everything is going to finish, this whole chapter is going to end one day. You will be all alone! Yes? That is called Vairagya (dispassion). When you get into dispassion, you see that everything here is temporary! All the people you are s ...
  4. Gurudev, Sometimes my love for you brings me misery when I cannot be with you. My mind says you are everywhere, but my heart is not easily cajoled. What should I do?

    Just relax and keep yourself busy. There is so much seva that is needed in the world, so get on to that.
    Longing should be transformed into creativity. Longing can become an agent, a catalyst to bring out the creativity and dynamism in you. So use ...

  5. Gurudev, when longing becomes intense sometimes, it ends up with the feeling of anger or frustration. How to deal with it?

    Longing needs to be internalized, you need to go deep into meditation. Or give a creative form to it, write some poems or articles. Writing will help. You know, a lot of great works have come out of longing, whether it is painting, music, drama, literatur ...
  6. Gurudev, why does longing hurt so much? I am referring to the longing for the Divine and for the Infinity. Where have we come from?

    See, love and hurt are very close and go hand in hand.
    When you love someone, then you do get hurt sometimes. It happens this way, and we have to live through it. So do not run away from it.
    Getting hurt is a part of love.

    Today somebody cam ...

  7. 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. ...
  8. Gurudev, Why does the Infinity keep its anonymity?

    So that you can seek that.
    When you long for it then you seek. And the seeking itself is so beautiful.
    Longing for the Divine, longing for the highest is in itself so beautiful. That is why longing is called Radha. Radha mean ...
  9. 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.’
  10. Gurudev, you have said in the Upanishads that only when the soul chooses to reveal itself does one get enlightened. So where does longing come in the whole picture. Something in me longs to know itself but will not reveal itself. Why?

    Yes, you know when the fruit ripens its color also changes. An apple when it becomes ripe its color changes. Like papaya, it becomes yellow color when it is ripe. Like that longing is the sign of the ripening of consciousness. ...
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