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  1. Gurudev, What to do with negative thoughts?

    It is ok to have negative thoughts at times. When you think a negative thought should never arise, then you encourage it. Accept even the most negative thoughts that come to you. Then you find it is not even there. It is just dim energy.

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  2. Gurudev, If opposite values are complementary, then am I good, bad, or am I both?

    Why do you put a label of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ on yourself? Remove it off and be natural, be at peace. When we assume a negative quality as our own, we feel guilty, and when we assume a positive quality as our own, then we become prou ...

  3. Gurudev, I want to quit addiction to intoxicants and have come to you with a lot of hope.

    Good. You have come to the right place. If you wish to get rid of a bad habit then there are only three ways for it. The first is your love for knowledge, the Divine or some dear one - whether parents or Guru. By promising some dear one that you will q ...

  4. Gurudev, How can I overcome anger and resentment?

    Don’t try to overcome both. Tackle them one by one. I say, stop the resentment and agree to be angry. Anger and resentment have a chain reaction – you get angry and then you resent; resentment will then turn to anger. Either you are angry wi ...

  5. Gurudev, How to overcome self pity?

    The moment you recognize, you stop it. That is it. If you are asking for someone else, then they (themselves) only can come out of it. Only meditation can help. Do advance course.

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  6. 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 ...
  7. Gurudev, While studying, how can I eliminate thoughts from my mind so I can concentrate better?

    Breathing! Pranayama will definitely help you. Okay! And then if they still come, don’t try to chase them, just embrace them. Negative thoughts are afraid of a hug from you. If you embrace them, they will all run away. ...
  8. Gurudev, I wonder why fearful and bad thoughts come even in the most positive of places, and sometimes even while praying. Please help.

    Never mind. Thoughts are thoughts. As long as you are aware that these thoughts are coming, you are very safe, because these thoughts come and go.

    Negative thoughts come due to several reasons:
    1. Lack of good circulation in the body, and imprope ...

  9. Gurudev, when we say become a witness, what exactly do we mean? How do we balance being a witness and participation, to ensure correct action?

    If you stand near the highway and watch all the cars pass by, or if you sit in the dining hall and watch everyone eating, that is being a witness. It means not participating, but just observing what is happening.
    Similarly, you are already witnessing ...
  10. Gurudev, in the Yogasara Upanishad, you have said that thoughts arises when the mind stirs the memory. Does that mean that all thoughts are from the memory and no new thoughts arise?

    No, as I said earlier, perception (mind) and memory, both are responsible for the intellect to function. So, new thoughts are linked to old thoughts.
    Sometimes, the intuitive thought which come need not be linked to anything, it can just come as a ne ...

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