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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. Guruji can I live with full freedom? Many times my freedom becomes a problem for another.

    Yes, you should see that your freedom should not create trouble for someone else. You should take a middle path. If you always focus your attention on others, at some point you will feel frustrated, and if you think only of yourself, you will cause frustra ...
  4. Dear Guruji, when things go great in one’s life, how to keep the simplicity and humility?

    Trying to keep simplicity becomes a problem. Just be natural and that is it. And do seva. ’Sukh mein seva aur dukh mein tyag.’ If you tell a sad person to do seva, he would not do. When someone is sad or upset, if you ask them to do seva, they c ...
  5. Gurudev, I am stuck between my soul and society. My soul hates this hypocrite society and this society doesn’t like liberated minds like me. Shall I sacrifice my soul or my society?

    You don’t need to sacrifice anything. You can maintain your soul and be successful in society as well, that is the skill. The whole life is a program of containing the infinite into the small finite container. Our body is finite but our consciousness ...
  6. How do we balance spiritual and material life?

    Spiritual and material life do not contradict each other. It is like the body and mind. The body needs materials and the mind needs spirituality. We are the combination of body and mind. One cannot exist without the other. Similarly, both spiritual and mat ...
  7. Gurudev, ever since I began dedicating more time to the Art of Living, it seems like my wife has developed an intense jealousy towards it. What is the solution?

    You know how to ride a bicycle? In the same way drive the vehicle of life! Maintain a balance in life: Do what you like to do, but also do what others like to do.' ...
  8. Gurudev, I want to be 100% both at my job and Art of Living. If I give 100% at one, then the other gets compromised. What do I do?

    Need not be! You know most of our trustees in Art of Living and Apex Body members all over the country, they have many other things. They do their business, their job and they are still very busy engaged. And there are thousands of teachers who do the ...
  9. How can I start a kindergarten?

    Just get some children. I think I am in kindergarten all the time. Even adults who come here, they become kids. There is a beautiful story in the Puranas. There is a particular garden up above Tibet called Kumara-vanam and the Lord lives ...
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