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  1. Gurudev, you have said that if one thinks too much about the people they hate, then they start to become like them. I am constantly thinking of people I dislike and taking on their qualities. How do I keep from doing this?

    Well, let me tell you that without dispassion there is no progress in life. If you want to progress in life, you must have dispassion.
    Dispassion brings freedom to your mind. Dispassion keeps you in the present moment.
    Dispassion brings that smil ...
  2. Gurudev, How compatible are love and dispassion for a life companion?

    You need both, passion and dispassion in life.
    Usually we think, ‘When I have passion, how can I have dispassion? If I am dispassionate, how can I be passionate about anything?’
    This is what the normal concept is in the minds of people. I tell yo ...
  3. Gurudev, Gurudev I am able to learn and absorb new subjects, but my enthusiasm fizzles out halfway. As a result I have become a jack of all trades and a master of none. How do I become a master of all like you?

    Keep going nonstop. Keep putting your effort.
    Life is a combination of both, effort and effortlessness. Be totally effortless for sometime everyday at least - that is what is meditation, and then put hundred percent effort. It is like deep rest and d ...
  4. Gurudev, you ask us to be dispassionate. How can I be dispassionate about you? I love you and the attachment keeps growing every day.

    If this attachment helps you to move away from other unwanted things, then it is okay. If it gives you a focus, it is fine. But if it is causing jealousy, anger, greed and all those negative emotions, you better work on yourself.
    Go deep into yourself ...
  5. Gurudev, Please speak about compassion.

    In life there are three things which are essential:
    1. Passion
    2. Dispassion, and
    3. Compassion

    Passion is like breathing in, and Dispassion is like breathing out. No one can say, ‘I want to only ...

  6. Gurudev, what to do when someone blames your character or integrity?

    There is a very beautiful couplet in Kannada that says, ‘What do you say to a person who is scared of noise but has built his house in the market?’
    ‘What do say to a person who has built a home on the seashore and hates waves?’
    ‘What do you say t ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. Gurudev, you have said that success in yoga is achieved by dispassion and practice. I am doing my practices, but I am married and I don’t have dispassion. How can I progress in yoga?

    No! Fulfilling your responsibilities is also dispassion. Attend to your responsibilities. Do what you need to do, complete it and rest. That which you need to drop, drop it and rest, this is dispassion.
    There is no need for you to leave your home and ...
  10. Gurudev, on the path of spirituality which approach is preferable between Vairagya (dispassion) and Josh (zeal/passion)?

    Both are necessary. That is why Lord Krishna first aroused zeal in Arjun by saying, ‘Look, what will people say? They will say, 'He is such a coward.’ What is the point in living a life of humiliation; it would be better to die.’
    Then he said, 'Is it ...
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