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  1. Gurudev, What should I do if I have a tendency of going into depression?

    First of all, don’t label yourself as, 'I have a tendency of getting depressed', no! Remove this label and throw it out of the window.
    The mind is not solid, it is airy. Mind is like the space. Sensations come and go, some vibrations co ...

  2. Gurudev, Do heaven and hell exist?

    You can create one! You can create heaven when your mind is connected with your spirit. You can create hell if you don't understand yourself and the people around you. ...
  3. Gurudev, I am in a comfortable job that pays me well. But these days, I get strong thoughts at times like, ‘What am I doing here? Am I supposed to be doing something more worthwhile?’ What do I do?

    Yes, devote your free time to doing some good service, sadhana (spiritual practices) and satsang. All these are very precious to one’s life. Don’t keep sitting and watching movies every day, or TV serials every day.

    This is what we do. Come back ...

  4. Gurudev, there is an ancient proverb that says that when you come to a true master, the skills in you start to manifest. Is that true? Because I even see the elephant here, in the Ashram, play the mouth organ.

    Yes, it seems to be happening that way here.
    Many who have never been into music have started singing. Many people write poems. I see a lot of creativity around. Looks like they are making the ancient proverb come true!
    See, whenever your mind ...
  5. Gurudev, does meditation improve IQ? If yes, how can meditation improve intelligence?

    Meditation brings the most needed rest to the brain; to the mind. Rest and silence is the mother of all creativity and intelligence. That is how it improves intelligence. ...
  6. Gurudev, What is Art? Where does poetry come from and what does it do?

    Oh! Anything that you appreciate becomes art.
    You see a heap of stones lying somewhere and you think it is just a heap of stones. But if it is arranged a little bit, you start appreciating it. Then it becomes an Art.
    On a piece of p ...
  7. Gurudev, when I am very sad, I write sad poems. Words gush out from somewhere. But when I am happy I am not able to do so. Can you tell me why?

    When you are happy your consciousness expands and when you are sad it is more focused, it is in one place. That could be a reason.
    When you are happy and not excited, but very calm and happy, then creativity comes up. If you are very excited then ther ...
  8. Creativity

    Creativity brings a new beginning for "time". When you are creative, you break the monotony of time. Everything becomes fresh and alive. Creativity brings along with it a new round of enthusiasm. Both creative and procreative impulses in nature ...
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