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  1. Gurudev, A few days ago, you said that we should not give bribe to God to get anything from him. In Hinduism, we do Mannat, wherein we pray to God for something and in return we give him something. Is this justified?

    Doing Mannats are for your own sake. God’s grace is unconditional (Ahetu Ki Kripa). God gives things to you unconditionally.
    These are just practices. They don’t have any basis in the scriptures. If you do good s ...

  2. Gurudev, A few days ago, you said that we should not give bribe to God to get anything from him. In Hinduism, we do Mannat, wherein we pray to God for something and in return we give him something. Is this justified?

    Doing Mannats are for your own sake. God’s grace is unconditional (Ahetu Ki Kripa). God gives things to you unconditionally.
    These are just practices. They don’t have any basis in the scriptures. If you do good seva ...
  3. Gurudev, I used to experience a lot of devotion, but it seems to have diminished with time. After listening to your talks on the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, I realized that it is not my nature. Could you please tell me how I can feel the same devotion again?

    Devotion is always there, but sometimes the clouds come in. Faith goes down and up with time. But if it goes down don’t think that it is going to be down there forever. It will go up again.
    This is the nature of the mind because the mind goes up and ...
  4. Gurudev, If I pray to you sincerely with utmost longing and all my heart, are you able to listen and answer my prayer even though I am miles and miles away from you physically.

    You know, cell phones don't have miles.
    When you can connect with people around the world with a little plastic box called cell phone by just pressing some buttons, why do you underestimate your brain, your heart and your feelings, which are many time ...
  5. Gurudev, I have a complaint against you. Whatever I ask, you bestow it immediately. I wanted to ask you if this would spoil me?

    Good. Now that you know that you get whatever you ask for, ask for big things and not small things. Don’t ask for yourself; ask for the country, for everyone. Pray that Dharma (righteousness) increases and Adharma (unrighteousness) dimini ...
  6. Gurudev, you have said that prayer is speaking to God and meditation is listening to God. What can I do to hear the answers to questions and prayers in meditation?

    Just relax! If you are keeping an intention or desire, or holding on to it, you cannot meditate. Only if you drop it you can go into meditation. Let go of all intentions or prayers. ...
  7. Gurudev, We should give quality time to the Divine. Please tell us what is that quality time?

    It means don’t give third grade time to the Divine.
    When you have nothing else to do, you don’t have any movies to watch, there is no work to complete, then if you plan to do Bhajan that is useless leftover time. Don’t give leftover time. Daily sit f ...
  8. Gurudev, what should one ask for from a Satguru? Is there a need for prayer when a Satguru is there?

    Whatever need arises, you ask, that is why it is called ‘need’. You can’t sit and think what I should ask. Whatever is your requirement, whatever is your need that will come as a question, as a request, yes! ...
  9. Gurudev, How true is the statement that children choose their parents before they are born. Can parents pray for having children, who choose a good life for themselves?

    Listen, you can’t ask me what you should pray for. Prayer automatically happens. It’s there already! You are already praying for good children.
    Should parents pray for good children is an obsolete question. It doesn’t mean anything. You are already pr ...
  10. Gurudev, when my prayer remains unanswered for all these years, is it that I am stuck or is it that I am unable to see the larger picture?

    Both! You should always put a clause along with your prayer, ‘if it is good for me, let it happen.’
    Otherwise you are stuck with the desire in your mind for a long time. And when it does get manifested and become a reality, you may not want it.
    A ...
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