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  1. Gurudev, I understand the importance of seva, but at the moment, nothing but knowing myself is important. And seva feels like a distraction to me. What to do?

    Does a baby want to know the mother? Does a baby want to make the mother an object of knowing? Does any baby ever ask the mother, ‘Mommy, where did you study? First tell me. Give me your introduction; show me your bio-data. Then I will love you.’
    A ba ...
  2. Gurudev, How can one be enthusiastic but dispassionate at the same time?

    That is the real skill.
    When self-interest is not there then it is much easier. Like when you do seva, you are passionate as well as dispassionate, isn't it? So many of you are doing seva in kitchen, are you not doing it passionately?
    (Respons ...
  3. Gurudev, it is said on the path one should drop everything and be free of purpose or goals. I am a busy executive, without a purpose how can I take responsibility?

    See there are two things Pravittri and Nivritti. Do not mix the two.
    There are two attitudes that we have to pay attention to. One is, when you go inward (Nivritti) you think that everyt ...
  4. Gurudev, Why is my head always singing?

    Don’t say always. I don’t think it is always singing. You must have used that part of your brain more, i.e., the right side of your brain, and so music comes to you naturally.
    Another alternative is to spend some time solving puzzles. Like crosswords, ...
  5. Gurudev, How to balance life while working for a cause?

    Yes, that is a challenge.
    When you intend it, when you think it, and when you say it that you can do both, though they appear to be conflicting, you will succeed in your job and succeed in your cause.
    ‘I have a cause that is greater than my job’, ...
  6. Gurudev, How do we distinguish between duties and expectations?

    Duty is what your heart tells you, when you feel ‘This is what I have to do.’ Expectation is what others want you to do. Have a balance between the two. Sometimes you can fulfill the expectations of others, but your duties are what you need to be more conc ...
  7. Gurudev, what should we do to maintain balance and be happy during the ups and downs of life?

    ‘Gaan, Gyan aur Dhyan’; that is, music, knowledge and meditation. ...
  8. Gurudev, how to balance spirituality and material life?

    You know how to ride a bicycle? Just the same way.
    When you leave spirituality, then somewhere there is a pinch inside and then you go back to spirituality. When you feel that you are neglecting your work, you give attention to your work. Take both of ...
  9. Gurudev, The policies that the government is making these days is taking away the values from the society at a very fast pace. To work to understand these policies and fight for the right of the people takes a lot of time and can get one very involved. If I work towards this will it take me away from you?

    No! Not at all.
    You can really be a reformer in the society but you will have to balance your life. Do this work and also take time out for yourself. Do your practices, do your pranayama, do your meditation and then be involved in the activity and in ...
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