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  1. I have a habit of living in a fantasy world and I realized that it is a defense mechanism. In that world I don’t have any defects. Even when I meditate this happens, how to overcome it?

    The moment you realize it is a fantasy, you have already come out of it! If you were still in it you would think that that is the reality. The moment you labeled it as ‘My fantasy world’, you have already come to the shore. You are no longer drowning in it ...
  2. Gurudev, how can a person become a better meditator?

    See, there is no better or worse meditator. Just be in the present moment and be happy. Instead of continuously thinking, 'What can I get?' Think about, 'How can I contribute? How can I be useful for the society?' There is a certain joy in gettin ...
  3. What is the most important lesson you want us to learn from you?

    This like going to a pharmacy and asking, ‘What is the best medicine you can give me?’There is not just one thing, whatever you need, you can get everything here. Why should I limit myself to one advice for everybody? If someone is leaning to left I ...
  4. Gurudev, how can I be sensitive but yet strong? When some unpleasant situation comes I tend to escape.

    You’ve noticed that you tend to escape, next time say, ‘No, I am going to face it'. Just that one dharana (thought), ‘I will face it', will take you along. Just like you got one dharana that you want to go to Bangalore, you reached here r ...
  5. How to keep a check on my arrogance when I feel successful and happy? What are the other ways to calm the mind and make it happy, other than meditation?

    Arrogant people are somewhere insecure. They don’t have enough knowledge. But when the context of your life expands, when it changes, then where is the place for arrogance? Once you see life from a holistic perspective, there is no arrogance.B ...
  6. I studied the subject of happiness personally, and one of the things I found in my survey is that only a third of Americans consider themselves happy. What is the one piece of advice you would give to the large number of Americans who are living a hectic lifestyle?

    You’re limiting me to a very narrow scope to only one thing. Why one thing? I would go for 25 things!Well, there are different situations that we face but mainly it is the stress that shrouds our happiness. Stress simply means too much t ...
  7. How do we know what our capabilities are and how can we enhance them?

    See, sometimes we become aware of our own capabilities, and sometimes we come to know about them when someone else speaks about them, or when we hear about it from some third person.For quite some time, Lord Hanuman was not aware of his strengths to ...
  8. Gurudev, how to transform thoughts into actions with the same enthusiasm of the thought itself?

    Look, don’t sit and think too much. When a thought comes to do something, and there is enthusiasm, then you cannot keep quiet, because that is what enthusiasm is.When a thought comes along with enthusiasm, it automatically translate to ...
  9. Dear Gurudev, I tend to seek appreciation in whatever I do. How to get rid of this?

    You came to know about this, that itself is one step ahead. Now, make a determination that you don’t care whether someone appreciates or not. 'Let me do what I need to do, and not worry about others'. That is it, then you will gain the str ...
  10. Gurudev, what actually is prayaschit? How can one become free of one’s sins? Can one ever become free of guilt, or is one doomed to live with that?

    ‘Prayas’ means getting back to the original state; ‘chitta’ means consciousness.We were all born innocent. How is the mind when you are a baby? Fresh, alive, innocent. Prayaschitta means, that act which t ...
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