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  1. Gurudev, please tell us the significance of the 12 Jyotirlingas (literally meaning ‘pillar of light’, sacred shrines of Lord Shiva).

    See Jyoti (light) is within you, and where there is Jyoti, there is Shiva. Jyotirlinga is inside you. The twelve Jyotirlingas are in our body itself. Our body has twelve places (where the twelve Jyotirlinga ...
  2. Gurudev, in the Upanishads, we usually find references of Samit Pani (ritual of offering dry sticks to the Master). Gurudev, could you please tell us, what is the significance of this?

    Samit is the stick which is ready to catch fire. Here, it is a symbol of being ready, so that when the knowledge is given, you just grab it. Samit Pani has many meanings. One is, ‘Be Attentive’; se ...
  3. Gurudev, In the Ashtavakra Gita, it says, ‘You can go on reading scriptures, but you will get liberation only when you forget the scriptures.’ So then what is the purpose of reading the scriptures?

    See, you get into a bus, but then you also need to get out of the bus. Now if you argue with me that, ‘If I have to get out of the bus then why should I get into the bus?’ You get into the bus from somewhere else and you get out from somewhere el ...
  4. Gurudev, Even though we have received so much wisdom from you, I am not able to live it fully?

    At least if you are able to live it partially, I am happy. Even that will do. You will keep moving up, inch by inch. ...
  5. How Shiva Did Not Recognize His Own Son

    The stories in the Puranas contain many incredible and hard-to-believe occurences. But they should not be interpreted as a nursery rhyme. Their language is Shakespearean and laden with great depth and meaning. We need to interpret these stories with a ver ...
  6. Gurudev, It is said that getting a human birth is fortune. However, some people live very comfortable lives while others live miserably. Why this discrimination?

    Those who are happy must share with those who are unhappy. Those who are unhappy must have an attitude of sacrifice and work on developing inner strength. Knowledge gives you inner strength. Inner strength brings forbearance in life and gives one the ...
  7. Gurudev, when we are on this path, to what extent can we hear knowledge from other Gurus?

    I would say, respect everybody. There is only one knowledge and that is available to you. But if you go on shopping here and there, you will get in to more confusion. We say, ‘Do So Hum.’ Someone else will say, ‘No! So Hum is not correct ...
  8. Gurudev, when we meditate we experience such bliss, how can that state continue with or without meditation?

    With knowledge and with dispassion. When you see the whole world is a dream, the meditative state remains in activity also. But do not make a mood out of it; you should not do mood making. Live life naturally, as everyone else lives; simple, natural. Do no ...
  9. Gurudev, when I feel intense love or devotion I lose my awareness. When I am aware I lose the intensity of devotion. How do I retain both, intensity and awareness?

    I think you have too much free time to think and see what is happening. Just get busy, do Karma Yoga (the path of action). When you are engaged in seva, you don’t sit and think ‘Oh, how am I feeling? How am I not feeling?’ Feelings are all part of ...
  10. Gurudev, I read and hear a lot of knowledge, but almost immediately forget what I heard. What do I do?

    Don’t worry; I will keep talking to you. So even if you forget a hundred times, never mind, I have enough patience. I keep telling the same things. Those who are talking to you are also in the same boat. Many people here, they say, but they too live f ...
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